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Sonu Nigam Says He'll Shave His Head, Tweets 'Keep 10 Lakhs Ready, Maulvi'

Sonu Nigam announced that he will shave his head in the afternoon, in response to a fatwa allegedly issued by a Muslim cleric in West Bengal

  | April 19, 2017 11:53 IST (New Delhi)
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Sonu Nigam was labelled anti-Muslim for his tweets. (Image courtesy: sonunigamofficial/)

Highlights

  • Sonu Nigam was responding to a fatwa allegedly issued by a senior cleric
  • The singer has invited the press to be present when he shaves his head
  • Mr Nigam has been criticised for tweeting about the morning 'azaan'
Singer Sonu Nigam is on the offensive after being labelled anti-Muslim for his tweets on the azaan. On Wednesday morning, Mr Nigam announced in a tweet that he would shave his head in the afternoon, in response to a fatwa allegedly issued by a Muslim cleric in West Bengal. "Keep your 10 lakhs ready," Sonu Nigam tweeted, inviting the press to be present. A report in DNA quoted a senior member of the West Bengal Minority United Council as saying, "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." Read Mr Nigam's tweets:
 
 
 

Sonu Nigam has been widely criticised for describing being woken by the morning azaan as 'gundagardi.' He posted a series of tweets on Monday morning complaining about the use of loudspeakers and was promptly trolled. Read the tweets he posted on Monday:
 
 
 
 

Mr Nigam's posts provoked a furious debate, with several interpreting his posts as being hateful of Islam. Others said the terms he used to make his point were offensive. Actor-director Pooja Bhatt posted this:
 

Sonu Nigam was also slammed by his colleague, composer Wajid Khan, and others who called for #BoycottSonu.

In subsequent tweets, Mr Nigam explained that he was objecting to the use of loudspeakers and not to the azaan or call to prayer itself. He denied that his tweets were critical of Islam.

Sonu Nigam has also received support from many Twitter users, including actress Richa Chadha.
 

The singer has been responding to some of his critics on social media, as well as retweeting those siding with him.

Sonu Nigam is best known for his playback singing in films like Kal Ho Naa Ho and Agneepath. His body of work includes songs like Zoobi Doobi, Abhi Mujhme Kahin and Main Agar Kahoon. Mr Nigam has served as a judge on the reality show Indian Idol 9 and is now helping launch cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as a singer.
 

 
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