Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam on Wednesday shaved his head in reaction to a fatwa issued by a cleric from West Bengal, who had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anyone who shaves his hair off and after his tweets about the use of loudspeakers for azaans.
The azaan row, which began after singer Sonu Nigam, in a series of tweets, described as hooliganism the use of loudspeakers to broadcast sermons and calls to prayers by mosques, temples and gurudwaras, refuses to die down.
Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, vice-president, West Bengal United Minority Council, had issued a fatwa against Sonu Nigam which read: "If anyone can shave his hair, put a garland of old torn shoes around his neck and tour him around the country, I shall personally reward that person with Rs 10 lakh."
"Gundagardi hai bus (it is hooliganism)," Nigam had posted on Twitter, triggering a controversy.
On Tuesday morning, Sonu Nigam took to micro blogging site where he has said that he is ready to apologise if he has said anything anti-Muslim which he did not.
He even took a dig at a Muslim cleric, asking him to get ready with Rs ten lakh as he is ready to shave his head.
Here are the excerpts from his Press conference:
Sonu Nigam gets his head shaved after a Fatwa was issued announcing 10 Lakhs for anyone who shaves Nigam's head pic.twitter.com/wWUZmnmb8N— ANI (@ANI_news) April 19, 2017
# All I want to say is change the loudspeaker's time
#You should learn to understand others problem
# This is no agitation, this is only to tell you that its my Muslim Brother who will cut my hair
# If I have done something wrong or insulted anyone then I am sorry.
# I am attached to everyone more then my on siblings
# You have right on to agree or disagree on what I say
Us insan ke baare mein koi aisa soche, kahe ya taint kare ki anti-Muslim,toh ye meri problem nahi hai, ye aapki problem hai:Sonu Nigam (2/2) pic.twitter.com/hmkPU38wpd— ANI (@ANI_news) April 19, 2017
# Everybody has right to speak
# I thought I should talk on this issue so I did
#When I am talking about Loudspeakers, I did mention Temples and Gurudwaras too.
# I am not against any religion
In a series of his tweets, Sonu said a few people are tainting his tweets. He questioned them where he has targeted the community and ready to tender apology if he said so.
Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam on Monday stoked a controversy over early morning Azaan (mosque prayer) while dubbing it as cacophonous and intimidation in nature.
He wrote that despite being not a Muslim, he has to be woken up early morning, and questioned that when this forced religiousness would end in the country.
In his another tweet, the singer clarified his tweets, saying he had also cited temple and gurudwara and talked about only loudspeakers.
The singer drew flak from his fans who replied to his tweets, saying that he should not speak against any faith in the manner which he did.