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Sonu insulted the constitution, he should consider leaving the country: Cleric

Sonu insulted the constitution, he should consider leaving the country: Cleric

Talking about religion, the singer said, "I am very secular, I am not right or left wing". It all started when Sonu Nigam tweeted a couple of days back, that azaan played on the loudspeaker from a nearby mosque is disturbing him, which led him to speculate how "forced religiousness" is affecting the country.

Sonu Nigam took up the challenge of tonsuring his head, calling a Muslim barber to do the job. And that is when Quaderi perhaps remembered that he does not have that amount and came up with a new clause.

In fact, Quaderi's perceived importance appears to rest on his self-declared connection with Prophet Mohammad.

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"I am the 35th descendant of the Prophet", Quaderi told the newspaper. His visiting card, too, claims the same. The singer said he wanted to respond to the "fatwa" in the language of love. I spoke about a social issue, not any religion.

Quaderi had on April 18 announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anyone who shaves off the singer's head and garlands him with footwear. However, though his intentions may have been in the right place, as he later confessed he just want to ban the use of loudspeakers, the choice of words he used to lead to a lot of a debate whether he was targeting just one community.

He might have taken a leaf out of the book of Bengal's "Fatwa Imam" Noor-ur-Rehman Barkati., who in 2006 issued a fatwa on live TV, announcing a reward of Rs 50,000 to anyone who blackened Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin's face. While speaking to the newspaper, however, Quaderi praised Modi.

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Canvassing for West Bengal Assembly elections 2016, PM Narendra Modi had stopped his speech midway after hearing azaan in West Midnapore district.

·It doesn't matter what our personal inclinations towards religion and spirituality are, but we need to give due respect to other religions. They represent Indian culture.

Use of loudspeakers is as such not a necessity for any religious programme, so, why not abandon their use? "We need more people who don't just talk aggressive stuff, and make sense".

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