Video: When Irrfan Khan questioned age-old Islamic practices of fasting during Ramzan

First Published 29, Apr 2020, 2:54 PM

As we remember moments of Irrfan Khan’s life, we travel down to a time when he came under fire for questioning the age-old Islamic practice of fasting during Ramzan and the sacrifice of animals

<p>Irrfan Khan, who was battling cancer since 2018 died today, April 29, 2020. He is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and sons Babil and Ayan Khan.</p>

Irrfan Khan, who was battling cancer since 2018 died today, April 29, 2020. He is survived by his wife Sutapa Sikdar and sons Babil and Ayan Khan.

<p>Irrfan's mother, Saeeda Begum, also passed away a few days ago at the age of 95, and Irrfan had attended her funeral via a video link.<br />
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Irrfan's mother, Saeeda Begum, also passed away a few days ago at the age of 95, and Irrfan had attended her funeral via a video link.
 

<p>He was Muslim but his thoughts were progressive. This once caused him to be criticised for questioning the ritual of fasting and animal sacrifice during the holy month of Ramzan.</p>

He was Muslim but his thoughts were progressive. This once caused him to be criticised for questioning the ritual of fasting and animal sacrifice during the holy month of Ramzan.

<p>"Rather than fasting during Ramzan, people should self-introspect... We Muslims have also made a mockery of Muharram. It is meant for mourning and what we do? Take out (tajiya) processions," he said during a promotional event for the upcoming 'Madari'.</p>

"Rather than fasting during Ramzan, people should self-introspect... We Muslims have also made a mockery of Muharram. It is meant for mourning and what we do? Take out (tajiya) processions," he said during a promotional event for the upcoming 'Madari'.

<p style="text-align: justify;">Irrfan's views on ritualistic sacrifice too did not go well with a few members of the community.</p>

Irrfan's views on ritualistic sacrifice too did not go well with a few members of the community.

<p>“The meaning of Qurbani is to sacrifice something which is close to you instead of any goat or sheep which you just buy to sacrifice. Before sacrificing we should share a bond with that thing, otherwise just killing of an animal will not serve the purpose,” he was quoted as saying by a news agency.<br />
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“The meaning of Qurbani is to sacrifice something which is close to you instead of any goat or sheep which you just buy to sacrifice. Before sacrificing we should share a bond with that thing, otherwise just killing of an animal will not serve the purpose,” he was quoted as saying by a news agency.
 

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