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

Sonu Nigam shaved off his hair on Wednesday in response to a Muslim cleric who announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anyone who could tonsure the singer. The controversy started after Sonu's azaan Twitter rant.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 20, 2017 10:57 am
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Sonu Nigam shaved off his head during a media interaction in Mumbai on Wednesday after a Muslim cleric announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for anyone who will tonsure the singer. The call came after Sonu’s Monday tweets on being woken up by morning azaan and calling it ‘forced religiousness and gundagardi’. Sonu speaking to media said that he was not criticising any religion, instead he was raising a social topic about use of loudspeakers. “Azaan is important, not loudspeaker. Arti is important, not loudspeaker,” the Bollywood singer said clearly and concisely while reaffirming his secular credentials. Moments later, he went and shaved off his hair.

“I’ll shave 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 (celeb stylist Aalim Hakim) to come. He will shave my head but this 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. Being secular means understanding each other’s problems and not saying ‘I am only right.'”

The cleric, Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, was not satisfied though. Speaking to ANI, he said, “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.” Quaderi had announced in an interview to DNA that he would give an award of Rs 10 lakh who could “shave his (Sonu Nigam) hair, put a garland of old torn shoes around his neck and tour him around the country.”

Talking about his own tweet, Sonu said, “Everyone has right to his opinion and I only spoke about loudspeakers. I spoke about a social issue, not any religion. I said it for temples, gurudwaras and mosques, why is it so hard to comprehend?” Sonu asked the media.

See pictures of Sonu Nigam after he shaved off his hair

Talking about religion, the singer said, “I am very secular, I am not right or left wing. I stand in between. Most are right and left wing people but people in the middle are less. I’ve never had to make a speech like this. I just raised a social topic, not a religious topic. When loudspeakers are installed in religious places, it is sort of a declaration that ‘this is my religion’. Same goes for people dancing on roads drunk during religious processions. I am against that.”

Hitting out at religious fanatics who had questioned him for mentioning Prophet Mohammad in the tweet, he said, “People are asking why I said Mohammad and not Mohammad Sahab in my tweets. Well, I would like to explain that it is the problem of explaining myself in English language. In Hindi I will see Krishnaji or Shivji but while speaking in English it becomes Krishna or Shiva. It was the same when mentioning Mohammad. My intent was not to slam the prophet in any way.”

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When questioned how he justifies performing in jaagrans that also use loudspeakers, Sonu said that those religious functions get over by 10 pm as per government regulation. “Yes, I sing at jaagrans but they are over by 10 pm as per government rules. It is all about timing and when I sing at religious events, I ensure rules are followed.”

Here is what Sonu Nigam tweeted on Monday

Talking about how people took note of only one tweet, he said,  “My intention was not to hurt anybody’s religious sentiments. Why will I every do that? The point was the nuicieance loudspeakers create. That is it. People took one tweet of mine where I mentioned ‘gundagardi’ and ignored other tweets where I also talked about temples and gurudwara.”

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…” 

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    MD.SIRAJUDDIN
    May 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm
    There should be department in India which should be responsible to take strict action against those who spoil atmosphere by creating loud sound. I am residing in a locality where people do busness in houses like water filter unit is run in the house and purified water is sold to diffeent parties by transporting in small trollies. These trollies make lot of sound. It is irritative. Why Govt is nto observing all this and why they do not ban such illegal buisness. They are not supposed to run such buisness in the locality where peace loving population resides. Also there are water traders who suck water by borewell and sell it in tankers. These tankers run in the locality in mornings and evenings without restrictions. What is the mechanism to check such actions. These people not only creating water scarcity but also creating sound pollution. Muslims can regulate and have some uniform practice of cal Azan which should not trouble others. It shall be for Mandirs and Gurudwaras also.
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      Farheen
      Apr 22, 2017 at 5:06 pm
      Azaadi bhi loudspeakers se naare laga ke mili hai .yeh log tho Bhagwan se bhi upar ho e. Mujhe tho laga tha murdon ko shanti chahiye lekin yeh bhagwan sonu ki atma ko shanti chahiye
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        Sujatha Selvam
        Apr 22, 2017 at 11:37 am
        It is better to boycott his songs, music and stage shows. he has no regards for HIndu, Muslim or Sikhs sentiments, why should we regard him
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          Dr Krishnamoorthy KM
          Apr 22, 2017 at 7:07 am
          If religion is for one-to-one relationship with one’s god, why should anyone publicise this relation to the society?
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            Farheen
            Apr 22, 2017 at 1:25 am
            Sonu should be sleeping in the grave where he can find silence.
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              Najakat
              Apr 21, 2017 at 11:10 am
              O disbelievers! You will definitely know After your death..! In this dunya You can say You can speak You can do everything What Saitans insist you.... If you knew what the hereafter life is exactly You would cry until you death and You won't be able to come out of masjid until you die, forgetting everything of this worldly lives. Don't forget Allah makes you and whatever yours everything And Waiting All of us to bring emaan.
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                Rici
                Apr 21, 2017 at 11:00 am
                This story of kathmulla spewing fatwas is being repeated many time now and there was no action on the kathmulla from WB who declared a fatwa on PM modis head. In MP a katmulla zombie attacked a man because man has written a face book post declaring he support Sonu Nigam. So Sonu Nigam's was absolutely correct when he said' ye sab gunda gardi hai'
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                  Rici
                  Apr 21, 2017 at 10:53 am
                  No body will declare a fatwa if Govt take loud speakers out of temples. They will follow rule of law. But the real problem lies with katmulla and their zombie followers who stab people, attack people if you are asked to follow rule of law. That the point Sonu Nigam has raised.
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                    Dbbb Db
                    Apr 21, 2017 at 8:57 am
                    First of all why he trusted that porki mullah ? The w world knows , you can't trust these people. They have same blood and genetic. If you read calculations of experts that today's 60 porki po tion has direct ancestry to changis khan.
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                      Shekhar
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 9:50 am
                      I agree...that maulvi guy is just trying to gain media coverage and he successfully got it. Thanks to our stupid media team who work only for ratings. Shame on them
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                      Binay
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 8:29 am
                      The cleric S Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi is a shameless guy. Such guys who announce fatwa should be arrested immediately, bring a law for this.
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                        Rici
                        Apr 21, 2017 at 10:58 am
                        You have seen this story is fatwa giving being repeated many time now and there was no action on the kathmulla from WB who declared a fatwa on PM modis head. In MP a katmulla zombie attacked a man because man has written a face book post declaring he support Sonu Nigam. So Sonu Nigam's was absolutely correct when he said' ye sab gunda gardi hai'
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                        IslamForFoools
                        Apr 21, 2017 at 7:35 am
                        Burn the beard of mullah
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                          Chandu Shah
                          Apr 21, 2017 at 12:42 am
                          Get the bloody s out of India and ship them to Porkistan. I sympathise with you Sonu. None of the western countries allow the noise. Muslas are hated throughout the world for their anti social behaviour. Now France will be getting rid of them. Trump has a right idea
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                            Gulabchand Shah
                            Apr 20, 2017 at 11:16 pm
                            Sonu Nigam is hundred percent right but the responses from most of the Muslims prove the unreasonableness of the followers of Islam.
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                              Annu Chopra
                              Apr 20, 2017 at 10:50 pm
                              put a garland of pigs on this stupid maulavi
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                                Rajan
                                Apr 20, 2017 at 9:28 pm
                                Curse of India is this type of stupid mullas and vote bank politics.Bengal is becoming a safe place for jihadi mullas .Mulla should first verify apana aukath to make this type of comments in Hindustan.
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                                  Ahmad
                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 7:17 pm
                                  Dear Sonu, you regret to your words and shave, bless you, sir
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                                    a k das
                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 8:16 pm
                                    This problem of loudspeaker is for both hindu and muslim fetivals. It affects student,old , patients equally . SO don't make it communal. However Sonu's comment can be wr ten in a more inclusive maaner . It must not create unwanted controversy .
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                                    Pakshal Katariya
                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 6:12 pm
                                    I affirm his every word, loudspeakers should be banned, not just in masjids but in temples too, after 10PM (which is the law).
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                                      Sujatha Selvam
                                      Apr 20, 2017 at 6:12 pm
                                      Sonu Nigam, don't you think it is too much for you? You being ociated with music and song, you are earning through mike and sound. How come you are averse to loudspeakers? What is your mission? Mission Race to Rajya Sabha?
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                                        Payel
                                        Apr 20, 2017 at 5:09 pm
                                        I dont understand 'why people repeatedly engaged about the comment on any celebrity. When Sonu Nigam says he didn't say as religious point of view, what is the point of dragging it such an extent. We is a respectable singer in our country and he can never say anything that create unnecessary religious turmoil. We must understand that first. Payel
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                                          Sujatha Selvam
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 5:49 pm
                                          He did say about religions (Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs) in particular. Do not defend this irresponsible person.
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                                          vr
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 4:55 pm
                                          Agree with you Sonu, kindly tweet on those too who irritates by singing loud Bhajans in local train with all musical instruments... definitely we don't want to listen everything that we do not follow
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                                            Raghu
                                            Apr 20, 2017 at 4:13 pm
                                            Chappal ka maala to cleric pe chadana chahiye.
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                                              Shekhar
                                              Apr 21, 2017 at 9:52 am
                                              I agree to that. Stupid cleric guy. There are so many important things in life to fight for. Shame on him !
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