Shave Sonu Nigam's hair, put a garland of shoes on him and take Rs 10 lakh from me: West Bengal maulvi's fatwa

The singer was relentlessly trolled and even an FIR was filed against him in Mumbai

Sonu Nigam created a furore on social media after he expressed his angst over use of loudspeakers for religious purposes. In a series of tweets, he vented his anger over the’ forced religiousness’ the country and  questioned when this ‘ Goondagardi’  will stop. However it was his first tweet about being woken up to Azaan and forced religiousness in the country that became a butt of controversy. The singer was relentlessly trolled and even an FIR was filed against him in Mumbai. However, it seems things are yet to settle down.

Now vice president of West Bengal Minority United Council has issued a fatwa against the singer for his comments over azaan. “If anyone can shave his hair, put a garland of old torn shoes around his neck and tour him around the country I personally announce an award of Rs 10 lakh for that person,” DNA quoted Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi as saying.

Speaking at a press conference in Kolkata on Tuesday, Quaderi described Nigam as an anti-national and added that no one had the right to hurt the sentiments of any other religion.

Asserting that he would have reacted the same way if someone had talked ill of sound bellls from a temple, the senior cleric said, “If we all become so intolerant about each other’s religions, we will soon have a bunch of atheists in our country. People like Nigam should be driven out of the country.”

He also said that the council will organise a rally Rani Rashmoni Avenue in central Kolkata to send a message against people like and NIgam and RSS leaders.

Sabir Ali, general secretary of the council also slammed the singer and dubbed his tweets as a publicity stunt.

“More than the namaz people are disturbed by the cacophony from his music studio and during his concerts. In every religion people are asked to wake up early in the morning.God gives these people prosperity. It seems Nigam had lost his popularity and Arijit Singh from Bengal is getting all the singing contracts. Our appeal to Nigam is o get up early with the sound of azaan,” said Ali.

Sonu Nigam posted series of Tweets on April 16 saying he did not like to be woken up to Azaan and stressed on the need to ban loudspeakers for religious purposes.