Indian singer Sonu Nigam made some controversial remarks regarding the Muslim call for prayers called the Azaan and he really came under fire for it from his fans. The situation got out of control to the extent that a Muslim cleric reportedly announced a reward of INR 1 million for whoever shaves the singer’s head. However, instead of getting scared, Nigam announced that he would shave his head himself.
He later called a press conference where he clarified his stance on the matter. “Azaan is important, not loudspeaker. Arti is important, not loudspeaker,” the Bollywood singer told a room full of reporters.
He further said during the press conference that he would shave his head in response to the cleric’s request. However, he said that he is doing that not as a challenge, but as a way to show that there are other ways to express one’s point of view.
He further explained about getting his hair shaved off, “I have requested an Alim to come. He will shave my head but it isn’t any agitation or challenge. The one who is cutting my 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,” reported The Indian Express.
Commenting on 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?”