- After a cleric offered Rs 10 lakh to anyone shaving Sonu Nigam's head, he shaved his own head
- However, the cleric cited several loopholes - like a lack of a garland of shoes, to deny him the money
Sonu Nigam had called the press to speak about his tweets on Monday, which led to an online uproar and a fatwa being issued against him by the Kolkata-based cleric, Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quadri. The cleric announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for anyone who would shave the singer's head, put a garland of old tattered shoes around his neck and tour him around the country for his comments on the Muslim azaan.
The cleric met reporters at his CIT Roadhouse in Kolkata soon after the singer shaved his head to clarify what happened to the money.
"I'm not going to pay Rs 10 lakh because Sonu Nigam has failed to fulfil all the conditions I laid down. I'm glad that he shaved his head although it looks like he only trimmed it. The other two conditions - that he should wear a garland of tattered shoes and visit every Indian household is still incomplete. So, he does not qualify for the amount I promised."
According to Times Of India, Quaderi also said that he did not issue a fatwa. Yesterday, Sonu called a press conference to put his views across the country, "I only spoke against the use of loudspeakers. Everybody has a right to his opinion. I have the right to have an opinion and it should not be misconstrued. Loudspeakers are not a necessity; they are not a part of any religion," Nigam said.
His intention, he pointed out, was not to hurt anybody's sentiments. "If I have done anything wrong, please forgive me. My intention was just to talk on a social topic and not a religious topic," he added.
The singer said it was wrong to focus on one particular tweet where he described the broadcasting of sermons on loudspeakers as 'gundagardi' (hooliganism). He said to the media he raised a social topic and not a religious one when he tweeted about being woken up by the sound of azaan, the Muslim call to prayers, and apologised “if someone thought otherwise”.
Sonu also said, “I am a secular person. It was not about azaan, it was about the loud sound. Playing loud sound on a speaker is gundagardi for me.” Further clarifying his stance, Nigam wrote: "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."
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 7:04 PM IST