Sonu Nigam azaan row: Sonu to get his head shaved to claim Rs 10 lakh reward from Muslim cleric

Sonu Nigam azaan tweet: A Muslim cleric has announced a Rs 10 lakh reward to anyone who will shave Sonu Nigam's head. In a hilarious response, Sonu said he will get his head shaved and claim the reward.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 20, 2017 10:57 am
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Sonu Nigam is in no mood to be cowed down by the controversy, trolling or fatwas after his Monday morning azaan tweet. The singer, who wrote a series of tweets complaining about ‘forced religiousness’  and religious ‘gundagardi’ after being woken up by morning azaan blaring from loudspeakers, has now challenged a cleric who announced a Rs 10 lakh reward to anyone who “can shave his (Sonu’s) hair, put a garland of old torn shoes around his neck and tour him around the country.” Taking to Twitter, Sonu wrote, “Today at 2pm Aalim will come to my place, and shave my head. Keep your 10 lakhs ready Maulavi… And Press is welcome to participate at 2pm.”

A Kolkata-based cleric has announced the reward against Sonu on Tuesday. “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, was quoted as saying in a DNA report. He has also announced a rally at the city’s Rani Rashmoni Avenue on April 21 against Sonu. Before his hilarious response, Sonu had mentioned the report and written, “So this is not religious Gundagardi..”

The controversy started after Sonu took to Twitter on Monday to write, “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. 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…” The Mumbai Police have also beefed up security around the Bollywood singer’s house in light of the developments.

He had taken to Twitter to say his problem was with loudspeakers, not any religion. “When I am talking about Loudspeakers, I did mention Temples and Gurudwaras too. Is it that hard to comprehend? Loosen up guys…. And dear Everyone, for those who are tainting my Tweets anti-Muslim, tell me 1 place where I have said anything related, & I’ll apologize,” he tweeted.

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In another development, the Maharashtra Police have received a complaint against the Bollywood singer over his controversial tweet on azaans being played on loudspeakers early in the morning. The complaint given by an organisation identifying itself as Millat Bachavo Tehreek Committee to the Aurangabad city police urges to register a case against the singer for hurting religious sentiments. The police on its part are studying if the complaint merits registering an offence.

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“No offence has been registered as yet, though a complaint has been received,” Aurangabad City Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar told The Indian Express.

Meanwhile, Sonu has got all kind of reactions from Bollywood frat too. Mika Singh wrote, “Guys Gurdwaras, Mandirs, masjids and churches aren’t only for loud speakers. They represent charity, langars and honourable things.., Big bro I respect u lot as a singer .. I think you should change your house and stay somewhere else instead of changing loud speakers.”

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