Sonu Nigam shaves his head following Azaan controversy

Published: April 19, 2017
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MUMBAI: Sonu Nigam recently made headlines when he found himself in the middle of a controversy regarding his tweets about the Azaan.

When the situation spiraled out of control and a Muslim cleric reportedly announced a reward of INR1 million for whoever shaves the singer’ head, Sonu responded on Twitter by saying that he will do so 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 said. A few moments later, Sonu got his head shaved.

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Before shaving his head, Sonu spoke to the media and addressed some key misconceptions regarding his statements.

“I’ll shave my head in a while. It’s not a challenge. It’s a request. What are you doing in this country? I am a believer but I don’t think my religion is the best but yours isn’t. I don’t believe in that. You have to fight fanaticism, you can’t be quite.”

Pooja Bhatt wakes up to Azaan every day and she kind of likes it

He probed 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?”

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  • ARYA Kshatriya
    Apr 19, 2017 - 1:42PM

    Why you Failed to mention the so called fatwa issued by a maulvi from west Bengal against him?
    I know you are not going to publish my commentRecommend

  • illpopo
    Apr 19, 2017 - 1:56PM

    Regardless of personal belief & preferences, one tend to be very carefully while commenting against any religion due to sentimental and spiritual association of the followers!!Recommend

  • I am a Khan
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:14PM

    He got what he wanted…some attention and publicity..now a press conference..a forgotten flop singer comes back to the minds of people..its so easy to get publicity these days…shameful..Recommend

  • Anees
    Apr 19, 2017 - 2:45PM

    Islam is hundred percent different from other religion where no singing , no music or fun. Purely serious minded & all practices are noise free except call for prayer / azaan even there is a protocol and should be loud enough to reach alert message of prayer. Certainly any music / melody free voices are annoying for singers / such artists.
    Hindu community living here in middle east are on the top like their second home as intention is earning so they are ready to accept all kinds of situations unlike in India where they are dominated & can easily pressurize anyother community to follow their own ways. Late night life & voice of azaan are two conflicting things. Recommend

  • rich
    Apr 19, 2017 - 3:44PM

    the cleric should arrested, for threatening nugam

    hope police take action, if not then mob get involved , and its badRecommend

  • Gull Hassan Khan
    Apr 19, 2017 - 3:53PM

    WELL DONE …..Now lets see whether reward is going to be paid or not :) Recommend

  • Uzk
    Apr 19, 2017 - 4:00PM

    “Quiet” Recommend

  • maheen ayaz
    Apr 19, 2017 - 7:20PM

    attention seeker. Recommend

  • UJ
    Apr 19, 2017 - 7:27PM

    Initially, I was doubtful, but now it’s quite clear that it’s a publicity stunt.Recommend

  • Irfan_Sydney
    Apr 19, 2017 - 7:41PM

    Kolkata-based cleric announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anybody who can shave Nigam’ head and garland him with old shoes. He has shaved his head now the question is if he is going to garland himself with old shoes. Recommend

  • MK
    Apr 20, 2017 - 12:02AM

    What is the reason behind not mentioning the fatwa issued by a molvi..? If you are going to report a story, at least mention the WHOLE story. You made it seem like he just got up and shaved his head for fun! Recommend

  • Quresh
    Apr 20, 2017 - 5:12AM

    Leave him alone. He did not say anything wrong. Recommend

  • Fariha
    Apr 20, 2017 - 9:53AM

    Poor Sonu. His declining stardom has left him hopeless. We should forgive him for his petty publicity stuntRecommend

  • Abdul Hafeez
    Apr 20, 2017 - 10:23AM

    We don’t wake up at azaan in our small homes in Karachi and these Bollywood stars have to wake up on azaan in their big homes which must not be located in Muslim majority communities. Indian stars are not truthful at all in this matter at least. They are only raising controversies for cheap publicity. Recommend

  • Afridi
    Apr 20, 2017 - 10:46AM

    a bad singer is complaining about the sweet melodies notes of the Adhaan!! where the moa’zin practices for years to become an expert. What an irony, when he himself must have head banged to the loud genres of Metal and Grunge! that isnt even music, thats a loud noise orchestrated by harmonized instruments and bad vocals.

    enough said. Recommend

  • Afridi
    Apr 20, 2017 - 10:47AM

    the antakshiri dude might be going broke! Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Apr 20, 2017 - 11:57AM

    @Abdul Hafeez:
    have to wake up on azaan in their big homes which must not be located in Muslim majority communities.

    If Muslims are in majority in a particular area, does the output wattage of the loudspeaker increase by itself?Recommend

  • AQ
    Apr 20, 2017 - 1:08PM

    You use loud speakers in crowds for speeches? Music concerts that last till 4 in the morning? for what? we use loud speaker to listen call for Namaz so shut your stupid illogical approach to make issue out of nothing and call it social issue.Recommend

  • Anand
    Apr 20, 2017 - 1:49PM

    Not sure Tribune will post my comment, still taking my chance.

    @Abdul Hafeez: – This isn’t Pakistan where minorities (whatever is left after killings and forced conversions) must live in separate area earmarked for them. Muslims in India live according to the social strata they belong to – Yes, poor muslims do live in Ghettos but the same is true across the world (take London for example). But the well to do Muslims do live in mixed localities. I have taken on rent a flat owned by a Muslim and in my building at least 10 other Muslim families live.

    @Fariha: , @maheen ayaz: and @I am a Khan: – Pakistanis don’t know what stardom is – you haven’t produced a single ‘STAR’ after Nusrat fateh Ali. Sonu Nigam is still a bigger draw than all your Atifs/Rahats put together. Check with any event organizer.

    And 5-times Azaan on loudspeaker is against the law of the land which prohibits the use of loudspeakers between 10PM-6AM.Recommend

  • TIND IN HIND
    Apr 20, 2017 - 2:50PM

    It’s summer already. Why not shave the head?Recommend

  • Irfan_Sydney
    Apr 20, 2017 - 4:27PM

    @Anand:
    Too much text to mean such a little thing. You should learn the art of describing things succinctly. Recommend

  • Usman
    Apr 20, 2017 - 6:12PM

    Hindus working in ksa and Gulf have no problem with azan
    You will forget numbers of mosques if you count them here in ksa people stop talking in gathering and lower down music in cars during azan Don’t know how these Hindus are so tolerant and respectful to other religions outside India! Recommend

  • K G
    Apr 22, 2017 - 4:15AM

    21st century !!!. .. And we are talking as hindu and muslims!! We are reading names first then commenting. We are using our respectve religions to show our difference of opinion on a use of a loudspesker. ..Shame on all of us.

    All of you seems educated people who can write good English having worldwide knowledge. We all Hindu and muslims are the biggest fools of the century.Coming generations will make jokes on us soon .. Honestly speaking how many of us has time to teach children our true religion.

    I think you will all get united when there will be a war with some other planet and human life will be in danger on earth. Till then enjoy playing this hindu hindu Muslim Muslim……Recommend

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