Three days ago, singer Sonu Nigam stirred an uproar on social media when he posted a series of tweets complaining against the use of loudspeakers by mosques for Azan.
God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 16, 2017
And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? — Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don’t follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True?
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Gundagardi hai bus… — Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Dear everyone. Your stand exposes your own IQ. I stand by my statement that loudspeakers should not be allowed in Mosques & Temples. Period
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 18, 2017
Immediately people went after him, some calling him anti-Muslim while some understanding his point of view and supporting his stand. A Maulavi, Sayed Al Quaderi, actually went ahead and issued a Fatwa, offering Rs. 10 Lakhs to anyone who would shave Sonu’s head off. Sonu seemed to have had liked the Maulavi’s plan and decided to make it come true when he tweeted this…
He even invited the media to witness the entire din.
And Press is welcome to participate at 2pm.
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 19, 2017
Of course we went. What he said next, we have it for you verbatim.
“I’ll shave my head. It’s not a challenge. It’s a request. I am a believer but I don’t think my religion is the best but yours isn’t. I don’t believe in that. But you have to fight fanaticism, you can’t be quiet. My intention was not to hurt anybody’s religious sentiments. Why will I ever do that? The point was the nuisance loudspeakers create. That is it. People took one tweet of mine where I mentioned ‘gundagardi’ and ignored other tweets where I also talked about temples and gurudwara” (read his tweet above).
“When you say even singers perform at night, they are allowed to only perform till 10 p.m. All I wanted was to be considerate with each other like all the big countries in the world. Everone has right to opinion. My opinion is, in temple masjid, gurudwara; loudspeakers are not religious necessities. It is not part of a religion, going on from years.”
Sonu cleared his stand on religious tolerance and said this was a social comment, not a religious one.
“When loudspeakers are installed in religious places, it is sort of a declaration that ‘this is my religion’. Same goes for people dancing on roads drunk during religious processions. I am against that as well. I am very secular, I am not right or left wing. I stand in between. Most are right and left wing people but people in the middle are less. I’ve never had to make a speech like this. I just raised a social topic, not a religious topic.”
But we couldn’t help feel the satire and the pun in Sonu shaving his head off. “I have requested Aalim (Hakim) to come. He will shave my head but it isn’t any agitation or challenge. The one who is cutting 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.’ Aazan zaruri hai, loudspeaker nahi (Azaan is important, not loudspeakers). Ahmed Patel Saab said the same thing. Aarti zaruri hai, loudspeaker nahi (aarti is important, not loudspeakers). That’s my only point. Point is about the timing. Loudspeaker shouldn’t be used at a wrong time. Even when we perform (on songs) too, there is a proper time.
The Maulavi who had issued this Fatwa, however, is not satisfied with Nigam’s clarification -“He only heard the Fatwa partially. I had also mentioned a garland of old shoes.” Sayed Al Quaderi told a news channel.
Sonu Nigam’s father, Angam Kumar Nigam, entered the press conference, immediately after his son had turned bald. Supporting Sonu he said, “Why are they targeting my son unnecessarily, he has not spoken against any religion then why are they targeting him alone. Sonu has not spoken anything wrong.”
iKarmik says, we couldn’t agree more with Sonu and his father. Usage of loudspeakers for any purpose (religious included) should be banned, especially at inappropriate hours. This includes all religious practices, whether Hindu or Muslim or any other belief. What Sonu has raised is a critical point that invades with the privacy and peace of every citizen of this country and it should not be reduced to a religious and political warfare. As for the Maulavi’s Fatwa, Aalim certainly deserve 5 lakhs at least, since half of this condition was fulfilled, no? *wink*wink*
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