Azaan controversy: Sonu Nigam makes bald statement
Sonu Nigam, who sparked a controversy with his tweets on the use of loudspeakers in morning prayers at mosques, spoke to the media at his house on Wednesday.
The Bollywood singer also invited noted hairstylist Aalim Hakim to cut his hair, in response to a West Bengal cleric’s fatwa offering Rs 10 lakhs to shave off Sonu Nigam head.
Sonu Nigam said the issue has been blown out of proportion. “I have considered Mohammed Rafi as my guru. My driver is a Muslim. I am not anti-Muslim, I consider myself secular,” he said on him being labelled as anti-Muslim.
Sonu Nigam reiterated that he was speaking under a social context, and not a religious context.
On why he was shaving his head, Sonu Nigam replied, “It’s not an agitation, not a challenge that I am throwing someone’s way. I am shaving my head just to show that the person cutting my hair is a Muslim. It’s all about interpreting things the right way. I exhort the media to present it like that and not in a confrontational way.”
When it was alleged that his concerts used loudspeakers, the Bollywood singer responded saying that he sings only within the permissible time limits. Sonu Nigam went on to quote Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who had said, “Azaan zaruri hai, loudspeaker nahi”.
The Bollywood singer then proceeded to have his head shaved at the hands of Aalim Hakim.
On Monday, Sonu Nigam raked up a controversy when he hit out at “forced religiousness” in India after being woken up by the sound of the morning Aazaan from a mosque presumably near his home. “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? Gundagardihai bus.”
He went on to tag Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. “Dear Devendra Fadnavis please note and help us force police to act against illegal blaring of Azaan and other such activities.”