Sonu Nigam Tweets Against The Azaan, Calls It Forced Religiousness
Sonu Nigam Tweets Against The Azaan, Calls It Forced Religiousness (By Telly_News) (Thanked: 3 times)
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Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam has hit the headlines with his controversial tweets this morning.
Sonu Nigam has termed the azaan call as forced religiousness .
He then went on to write, I don t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don t follow the religion .
He even termed the whole practice as gundagardi To people who are not aware, Azaan is a special proclamation to call Muslims to the mosque for offering prayer.
In 2015, the Bombay High Court had ordered that loudspeakers be removed from mosques that do not have permissions in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, after a PIL was filed on the issue.
A division bench of Justices VM Kanade and P D Kode, had said that unauthorised loudspeakers, whether they were used in mosques, Ganeshotsav or any festival, were illegal and must be apprehended as they cause noise pollution.
Sonu Nigam Is Ready To Apologise; T&C Applied! (By Telly_News) (Thanked: 1 times)
Under pressure from various quarters, Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam on Wednesday offered to apologise if his recent controversial tweets were found to be 'anti-Muslim'.
In a series of tweets clarifying his position, Nigam said, "For those who are tainting my tweets anti-Muslim, tell me one place where I have said anything related, and I'll apologise." He claimed that when he spoke about loudspeakers, he had mentioned temples and gurudwaras too. "Is it that hard to comprehend? Loosen up guys."
Referring to a West Bengal cleric's 'fatwa' offering Rs.10 lakhs to shave off Nigam's head, the singer hit back: "Today at 2 p.m, Aalim will come to my place and shave my head. Keep your 10 lakhs ready Maulvi."
This afternoon, he is likely to address the media and clarify his position on the tweets which kicked up a row.
On Monday, Nigam blew up a controversy when he lashed out as 'forced religiousness' in India after being woken up the aazaan' (Muslim calls for prayer) from a mosque near his home.
"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," Nigam posted on Twitter on Monday.
Further clarifying his stance, Nigam wrote, "And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam...Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? 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? Gundagardi hai bus."
He was trolled by Muslim community members and organizations with protests and some planning to move court against him.
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After offering to apologize, Sonu Nigam have said some important things... (By Telly_News)
Renowned singer Sonu Nigam on Wednesday shaved off his head, hours after offering to apologize if his tweets on azaan blared from loudspeakers were seen to be anti-Muslim.
After the tweets sparked a row, a cleric in West Bengal, Syed Shah Atif Ali Al-Qaderi, announced he would give Rs 10 lakh to anyone who shaves off Sonu Nigam's head and garlands with footwear.
Sonu Nigam took up the challenge, calling a Muslim barber to do the job.
"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," Nigam said here.
"The same language of fatwa can be communicated through a language of love," he added.
Nigam underlined that he never meant any "offence".
"Being secular means understanding each other's problems and not saying 'I am only right'. 'Aazan zaruri hai, loudspeaker nahi' (Aazan is necessary, not the loudspeakers).
"That's my only point. It is about the timing. Loudspeaker shouldn't be used at a wrong time. Even when we perform, there is a proper time," added the singer.
Nigam invited the media, saying he will go bald at 2 p.m. "Keep your Rs 10 lakh ready Moulvi," he tweeted.
Nigam kept his word and then addressed a media conference at his residence as police beefed up security for him.
The cleric, however, refused to pay up, saying only one part of his challenge had been taken up.
The singer appeared before journalists with a clean-shaven pate, wearing spectacles and smiling away even as Muslim groups protested and threatened to move the court against him.
"All I wanted was a consideration for one another... Everyone has the right to have an opinion. My opinion is in temple, masjid and gurudwara, loudspeakers are not religious necessities. It is not part of a religion.
"When loudspeakers are installed in religious places, it is sort of a declaration that 'this is my religion'. The same goes for people dancing on roads drunk during religious processions. I am against that.
"I am very secular. I am not right or left wing. I stand in between. I've never had to make a speech like this. I just raised a social topic, not a religious topic," Nigam added.
It all started on Monday when Nigam lashed out at "forced religiousness" in India after being woken up by azaan from a mosque near his home. He later clarified that he was not against any one religion.