Sonu Nigam shaved head will not get him Rs 10 lakh from Bengal cleric. Here’s why

Sonu Nigam held a press conference proving his point that his statements were not against azaan but the loudspeakers at mosques, gurudwaras and other places of worship.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 20, 2017 10:55 am
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Sonu Nigam shaved head will not get him Rs 10 lakh from Bengal cleric. Here’s why
It seems Sonu Nigam is not getting his reward of Rs 10 lakh despite shaving off his head in response to a call by a Muslim cleric who had announced the reward to anyone who would shave off the singer’s head, make him wear a garland of old shoes and parade him around India. Talking to ANI, the Kolkata-based cleric Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi said that the singer has met only one of his three conditions.

Quaderi told ANI, “Sonu Nigam has not done all the things I asked for, two out of the three things remain unfulfilled. Will give reward of Rs 10 lakh, only when he does rest two-garland of old torn shoes and tour around the country.”

Earlier, Quaderi had announced the award to DNA, “If anyone can shave his (Sonu Nigam) 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.” Taking to Twitter, Sonu had announced, “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.”

True to his word, Sonu addressed a press conference and got his head shaved soon after. However, he said this was not a challenge. “I will shave off my head in a while. It’s not a challenge. It’s a request. What are you doing in this country? I am a believer but I don’t think my religion is the best but yours isn’t. I don’t believe in that. You have to fight fanaticism, you can’t be quiet. I have requested Alim (Celebrity stylist Hakim Alim) to come. He will shave my head but it isn’t any agitation or challenge. The one who is cutting hair is a Muslim and I am a Hindu. There is no animosity. The same language of fatwa can be communicated in a language of love.”

Also read | Sonu Nigam shaves off hair after azaan row, Muslim cleric asks why he is not wearing garland of shoes. See pics

Celebrity stylist Aalim Hakim, lauding Sonu’s brave move, tweeted, “Love and respect, Sonu Nigam.”

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  1. S
    Apr 21, 2017 at 11:49 am
    Despite being a pious muslim I stand beside sonu here.
  2. R
    Apr 20, 2017 at 10:38 am
    West Bengal is turning out to be the next Kashmir. Only time will tell. All the credit for this should go that great lady, amamata, the super sicular leader, the cahmpion of the minorites, and the guardian fo freedom. So long as such mean politicos like Mamata rule in this country, the country will have such fatwas being issued. WB has now become the land of Fatwas. Cheers to Mamata. Cheers to the great , super intellectual Bengalis having voted such a worthless character to power.?
  3. B
    Apr 20, 2017 at 7:21 am
    Sera sonu ji sera
  4. S
    Apr 19, 2017 at 10:53 pm
    Any response from the caretaker of the state - the honorable CM - from whose state such ugly pronouncements are made ?