Actor, singer Sonu Nigam, who created a buzz on social media on Monday after he issued a tweet against the use of loud speakers in the mosques, shaved his head, when a Muslim cleric reportedly announced 10 lac award whoever shaves the singer’s head.
Sonu Nigam had earlier tweeted about the use of loud speakers in a local mosque calling it a “religious gundagari”. The tweet about the ‘religious gundagardi’ spiraled into the controversy and a cleric from Kolkata issued a fatwa against the singer.
“If anyone can shave his hair, put a garland of old torn shoes around his neck and tour him around the country I personally announce an award of Rs 10 lakh for that person,” Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, vice president, West Bengal Minority United Council said, during a press conference in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Nigam today spoke to the media and addressed some misconception regarding his statements.
“Azaan is important, not loudspeaker. Arti is important, not loudspeaker,” Sonu said in a press conference.
“I’ll shave my head in a while. It’s not a challenge. It’s a request. What are you doing in this country? I am a believer but I don’t think my religion is the best but yours isn’t. I don’t believe in that. You have to fight fanaticism, you can’t be quite.” said the singer.
Before his head Sonu told media that it is not a challenge or any agitation. He told media that everyone has right to his opinion and he only spoke about loudspeakers, not any religion.
“I have requested an Alim to come. He will shave my head but it isn’t any agitation or challenge. The one who is cutting my hair is a Muslim and I am a Hindu. There is no animosity. The same language of fatwa can be communicated in a language of love. Being secular means understanding each other’s problems and not saying ‘I am only right,” He said.