‘Not a fatwa but my personal opinion’

“I said that Sonu Nigam had no right to say what he did and hurt the sentiments of so many people. Belonging to the Kadriya Sufi group, Quaderi says he is a peer and his followers include people from all religions. On Monday, Quaderi, whose card describes him as the “religious leader of the Muslim community of West Bengal’’, held a communal harmony conference at the Kolkata Press Club along with leaders from other religions. Inside, Atef Ali Al Quaderi was busy handing out his visiting cards on which in bold black his ancestry was inscribed — the 35th descendent of the “Holy Prophet of Islam’’. He, however, says that he was misquoted. I don’t have the right. Quaderi who met visitors in the Kolkata home of his in-laws, lives in Bagnan in Howrah district from where he runs a khankah. This was where the media asked him to comment on Nigam’s statement. Fatwas are issued by muftis. He says, “My father is a direct descendant of the Prophet.’’
Quaderi finds himself in the eye of a storm after he reportedly pronounced a fatwa against Sonu Nigam. People are calling me a maulana — I am neither a maulana nor a maulvi nor a mufti. Two years ago, a group of miscreants threw a bomb inside his Bagnan home. “They were from a Muslim group which had been threatening me for some time because I have consistently said that Islamic terrorists are actually not Islamic at all,’’ he says. I said we will give Rs 10 lakhs to anyone who will tonsure his head, make him wear a garland of the worst shoes and take him to each household in India to apologise,’’ he says. I didn’t just say his head should be tonsured. 2017-04-20T10:54:26+00:00″>
Updated: April 20, 2017 10:54 am

Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi Subham Dutta
ON Wednesday, the congested bylanes of Phoolbagan in central Kolkata that led to a house at Sir Syed Ahmed Road were overrun by television vans on Wednesday. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App now What I said about Sonu Nigam was simply my personal opinion,’’ he says. “I never issued a fatwa against Sonu Nigam.