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


I have requested Alim (celeb stylist Aalim Hakim) to come. I stand in between. Why will I every do that? 2017-04-20T10:57:04+00:00″>
Updated: April 20, 2017 10:57 am

Sonu Nigam azaan row: The singer shaved off his hair in response to a Muslim cleric’s call to tonsure him forcibly. What are you doing in this country? I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. There is no animosity. “Azaan is important, not loudspeaker. True? And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. In Hindi I will see Krishnaji or Shivji but while speaking in English it becomes Krishna or Shiva. My intent was not to slam the prophet in any way.”
Also read| Sonu Nigam azaan row: Sonu to get his head shaved to claim Rs 10 lakh reward from Muslim cleric
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. 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. It was the same when mentioning Mohammad. I don’t believe in that. The one who is cutting hair is a Muslim and I am a Hindu. Arti is important, not loudspeaker,” the Bollywood singer said clearly and concisely while reaffirming his secular credentials. Honest? When will this forced religiousness end in India
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 16, 2017

And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. 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. Gundagardi hai bus…” 

For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App now
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd It’s not a challenge. Well, I would like to explain that it is the problem of explaining myself in English language. 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. 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 stand by my statement that loudspeakers should not be allowed in Mosques & Temples. Moments later, he went and shaved off his hair. I said it for temples, gurudwaras and mosques, why is it so hard to comprehend?” Sonu asked the media. When loudspeakers are installed in religious places, it is sort of a declaration that ‘this is my religion’. It’s a request. 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. Why then..? I am a believer but I don’t think my religion is the best but yours isn’t. That is it. Why then..? He will shave my head but this isn’t any agitation or challenge. “I’ll shave my head in a while. When will this forced religiousness end in India. 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

God bless everyone. Same goes for people dancing on roads drunk during religious processions. Sonu speaking to media said that he was not criticising any religion, instead he was raising a social topic about use of loudspeakers. — Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017

I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don’t follow the religion. I’ve never had to make a speech like this. “Yes, I sing at jaagrans but they are over by 10 pm as per government rules. You have to fight fanaticism, you can’t be quiet. The same language of fatwa can be communicated in a language of love. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? I spoke about a social issue, not any religion. The point was the nuicieance loudspeakers create. Period
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 18, 2017
Talking about how people took note of only one tweet, he said,  “My intention was not to hurt anybody’s religious sentiments. Your stand exposes your own IQ. Most are right and left wing people but people in the middle are less. 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. True? The call came after Sonu’s Monday tweets on being woken up by morning azaan and calling it ‘forced religiousness and gundagardi’. — Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017

Gundagardi hai bus…
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017

Dear everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don’t follow the religion. I just raised a social topic, not a religious topic. Honest? Speaking to ANI, he said, “Sonu Nigam has not done all the things I asked for, two out of the three things remain unfulfilled.