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.

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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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    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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