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.

Read Sonu Nigam’s tweets:

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.

Also read | Sonu Nigam Azaan row: Priyanka Chopra’s video praising Azaan goes viral as Sonu defends self

“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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    souto
    Apr 20, 2017 at 12:07 am
    1 Indian Court-Judges issued Orders, to Ban Loud-speakers. Most complied: temple, churches, etc. But M-ppl openly defy: our Judges-Courts. Qn: why Mppl used LS, in past ? To "announce times" to pray, "shud be" only to Mppl, reason: lack of wrist watches on poor Mppl. But now all have mobile, phones, tv...very easy to know time. Then, why still LS ?? Big Mystery !!! How they ABUSE !! : 1. via Mppl-LS, the Mppl-Mantra'z are, forced deliberately into, hindu, Christian, sikh peoples, newborns, babies, children's, old aged, into their brains, via "ultra-hi-sound" LS !
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      souto
      Apr 20, 2017 at 12:06 am
      2 2. use of Mppl-LS, is a blackmail, dagger-in-back, way: it "steadily forces", the "EXODUS" of hindus, Christians, sikhs. 2b. See any Mppl-DENSE areas: before only hindu, Christian, sikh lived there. Quietly, Mppl-LS was installed. With 24-hours of Mppl's LS-mantra'z, "house prices CRASHED"! WHY??? NOBODY, INCLUDING YOU THE READERS, WILL BUY-LIVE THERE !! A Clever blackmail ! Only Mppl buy, crores-worth-houses, in dirt-cheap rates. 3. So, Mppl-LS cleverly, psychiatrically converts, AND, mentally NEUTRALIZE, "all listeners", over to Islam... all listeners, babies, new born, old, dying aged, ARE TARGETS of :: a "clever-psychriatric-war", on hindu, Christians, sikhs. 4. Mppl-LS, minarets: banned in all developed world; NOT in ignorant India.
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        souto
        Apr 20, 2017 at 12:05 am
        3 LoudSpeaker Jihad: Clever, psychiatric, psychological warfare by other means. Mppl-Mantra'z are forced, into bodies & brains, of non-Mppl / un-willing listeners. In day: 3 times. Targets ppl 24x7 / mostly@home: new-born, kids, house-wife, aged-dying. At dawn & dusk: 2 times. Targets also office-goers. Mppl-Mantra'z forced, into, non-Mppl'z permanent memory. Old-dying DONOT want to memorize Mppl-Mantra'z. They desire2recall THEIR GOD ONLY, AS THEY@DEATH. Bombarding them with Mppl-Mantra'z, forcefully makes them: lost mental-peace, abort their-dying-wishes; converts dying-ppl to Islam. Links 2 luvJihad: Females hit very bad: EASILY convert Islam, as mind is fully, forced-familiar from birth, with Mppl-Mantra'z by majjid-LS. Clever Mafia-Nexus of Mppl-property-dealers & Mppl-Loud-Speakers: 1. Forced EXODUS of hindu, Christian, sikh, &, to CRASH HOUSE PRICES, &, only Mppl buy near majjid-LS, in DIRT CHEAP, &, create M-ppl-only AREAS. SO, CRORES INDIANS, CONVERTED 2 ISLAM
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          Prakash A
          Apr 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm
          Twitter seems to have become a means of self-promotion for artistes,not in their chosen fields like acting and singing, but for controversies. First,Abhay Deol, with not much work on hand, tweeted on fairness creams, calling out to SRK ,Vidya Balan etc, and in the process,had his one-day duration of fame on Twitter .Now Sonu Nigam, also on his own admission, without much Bollywood work on hand, had earlier a run-in with Subhash Chandra of Zee TV, then went on a twitter war with Karan Johar over Mohammad Rafi, and is now again in the news for his comments on Azan, and has now got his head shaved. Do I see a pattern here?
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            Sujatha Selvam
            Apr 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm
            Sonu Nigam, mind your career, do not hurt others sentiments for your selfish motives. You think that BJP will thrust into your mouth Rajya Sabha seat by hurting minorities. Wrong, very wrong. Tender apology, you really owe one to this nation.
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              jayaraj
              Apr 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm
              Muslim community of india must penance and cry for hundred years for the butchering and p ering by their ancestors nine hunded years ago bcoz of which today's problem exist. ' Present' doesn't fall from heaven. It is bcoz of Past good and bad deeds. We cannot and should Not erase past for our instant present convenience. We have to learn from History . There is NO place for Mirderers and Butcherers in the world.One single Community or Religion cannot force upon others there nonsense but learn to change and discipline themselves with time and respect the law and cons ution of the country they live.
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                SAMAR
                Apr 19, 2017 at 3:12 pm
                sonu struck the wrong note and caused an upheavel as religious sensitivity is steep high in india and sonu forgets that sometimes film music too is pla by loudspeakers, including his own songs, in times of all festivals. when will he tweet about the extreme noise pollution caused by them ?? whoever has issued fatwa must be jailed for threatening sonu.
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                  Rakesh Pandit
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm
                  We fully support Sonu Nigam. I like Hindu religeon. So why should I listen to azan 5 times in a day? This loudspesker nonsense at mosks has to stop. I believe there is a Supreme Court ruling on this issue.
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                    KAAMDEV
                    Apr 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm
                    LET HIM SAY WHATEVER HE WANT WHO CARES HE IS A THIRD CL STUPID...DONT CARE AND MAKE HIM PO R...THESE GUYS WILL STOOP TO ANY LEVEL.....
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                      Munzir Baig
                      Apr 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm
                      Whoever the Muslim cleric is, he is senseless and does not know Islam in true sense. And, has no right whatsoever to issue a Fatwa. What Sonu Nigam spoke of Gundagardi which is totally wrong and unacceptable. Now, Sonu is shying away from his words. At first he spoke only of Azaan and did not mention anything of Temple or Gurdwara because he knows saffron terrorist will up his happiness. And only the soft target is Muslims.
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                        AlsoIndian
                        Apr 19, 2017 at 2:31 pm
                        I am against corruption but I was not with RSS Sponsored Anna Hazare's IAC. I am against LOUDSPEAKERS but I won't support RSS campaigner Sonu Nigam for the same reason (Sonu gets his inspiration from Modi, Yogi and Subra)
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                          AlsoIndian
                          Apr 19, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                          IE, please try to understand that fatwa is a religious verdict issued against a certain religious question. Using the word fatwa is Islamophobic in India. The above is annoncement. The writer should correct his language.
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                            Rakesh Pandit
                            Apr 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm
                            That maulvi can make a "batti" of his fatwa and insert in hus own ..ss
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                            Ishwak
                            Apr 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                            Poor guy, badly needs the money. With his filmi career which always remained a FLOP, this would actually be a lottery bonanza for him. In addition to the free publicity he is garnering. Plus, this could also help him gatecrash into the Hindutva terrain, of course riding on a COW !
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                              Rakesh Pandit
                              Apr 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm
                              Riding a cow is better than you guys riding a pig. Ok miya?
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                              tanbeeralam
                              Apr 19, 2017 at 2:27 pm
                              I think some where sonu is right but let me tell u all festival of Hindu make noises for a week and lot jagragn here and there do problem for a month.so my advice is stop selling all noise making equipment.and if sonu has dare then pls first tell the ganesh utsav programme to stop and I am sure Marathi Manos will make his face black.but as Hindu party are growing it's become fashion to talk against Muslim only.see a man who is fugitive from stan is doing propa a against Muslim and his name is tarek fateh but no Muslim barge in his home but consider about mf Hussain what had done to him by hindutva party.
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                                Arif
                                Apr 19, 2017 at 2:16 pm
                                Temples do use speakers and so do Mosques, true there is no need to have very loud speakers disturbing non-muslims, however the same yard stick should be applicable to all other religious places. And for muslims who wish to pray (and who are about 10 percent or so from muslims themselves) need not depend on Azaan from speakers, in todays modern world your phones can wake you up for your Namaaz without disturbing others. Also Islam I believe does not encourage causing inconvenience to neighbours.
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                                  sonu nigam
                                  Apr 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm
                                  sonu nigam is a suvvar
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                                    Rakesh Pandit
                                    Apr 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm
                                    Its better to be suvvar than to eat suvvar mutton like you and your tribe does miya.
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                                    swami jyoti
                                    Apr 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm
                                    To Ravinar of “MediaCrooks”, Azaan is not a noise issue... it is cultural and religious invasion. When you add a loudspeaker and blare it five times a day, there is nothing pious about Azaan. It’s an ertion. Azaan on loudspeakers is not merely a call; it is an ertion and imposition of Islam over Kafirs who have to be forced to listen to it. This is worse early mornings when everything else is quiet and the noise becomes more amplified. This is nothing but deliberate and planned ertive Islamisation of many towns in India. This has nothing to do with noise pollution. Most people who debate over this lousy loudspeaker practice make it about “noise pollution”. That’s the dumbest argument put forth by s who keep covering up Islamic nonsense. The Azaan is a man-made ertion and conspiracy. It is not an environment issue, it is a religious issue. The loudspeaker--Azaan is a nuisance all day – five times a day... Read More at: : tinyurl /m95rktv
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                                      Last local
                                      Apr 19, 2017 at 1:50 pm
                                      The problem with the muslim community of India is that they always try to give hard compe ion to the right wing segment of the society...Why they don't come forward and say we need a blanket ban on all loudspeakers used for religious activity whether Azaan or Ram navami...Be practical...Nobody is above law...
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                                        Ahmed
                                        Apr 19, 2017 at 1:46 pm
                                        Sonu Nigam should try to know and learn the meaning of Azaan. I hope and sure after knowing the meaning he will happily become Muslim and embrace Islam as his Religion.... Cheers.
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                                          nitin
                                          Apr 19, 2017 at 1:57 pm
                                          you must be joking right. all religion are just ficitonal
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                                            Abhishek Oza
                                            Apr 19, 2017 at 1:57 pm
                                            Islam is most racist religion in the world. At least I will never embrace it, irrespective of what azaan means.
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                                              Rakesh Pandit
                                              Apr 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm
                                              Miya ahmad, instead of going deep into azan, try to learn Bhagvad Geeta. Best religeon is Hinduism. Come, join us and become a hindu. Forget azan.
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                                              hari
                                              Apr 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm
                                              if people want to pray let them do it in their homes or places of worship without disturbing others, kudos to Sonu Nigam, these people have to sense of decency who let loudspeakers blare and disturb everyone around. uncouth and barbaric.
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                                                sonu nigam
                                                Apr 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm
                                                this is not way of disturbing any one every religion have there one proceedure may b your religion disturbing to others
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                                                  hari
                                                  Apr 19, 2017 at 5:47 pm
                                                  either learn English or learn to type coherently
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                                                Zed
                                                Apr 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm
                                                It's Molvee's like this cleric who make a mockery of the sublime teachings of Islam. Sonu has posted a comment which I'm sure many Muslims would be nodding their heads in agreement with, particularly when the objective of the adhaan is to call the faithful to prayer and you don't need a dozen voices blaring out of sync within a radius of only a few hundred metres. Lets not forget that when it comes to the sentiments and comfort of non-Muslims it is on record that the Holy Prophet had the roof of a mosque altered, after a Jewish man complained that the incline of the mosque roof had resulted in a lot of rain water ending up in the Jewish man's compound. Islam is about comp ion and forgiveness and not shaving peoples heads if they make a comment out of innocence or ignorance.
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