Singer Sonu Nigam against whom a fatwa was issued last month after he tweeted against the use of loudspeakers during azaan in mosques, has now urged the central government to take action against those who issue death threats in the form of fatwas. Nigam while speaking to journalist Rajat Sharma on his famous TV show Aap Ki Adalat said: “I have full faith in God, who is omnipresent and all-pervading. But I don’t like this mentality, when any one issues fatwa against any other person, saying cut off his hair, kill him. There was a fatwa for cutting off my head. The government must do something about this.” Sonu also said that he’s against the lynching of people by Gau Rakshaks.
For the uninitiated, Sonu, on April 16, in a series of tweets complained about the morning azaan in mosques and called it ‘forced religiousness’. Post this, a fatwa was issued against him by Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi of West Bengal Minority Council. Quadri had offered a Rs 10 lakh reward for anybody who shaves Sonu’s bald and garland him with shoes. Sonu then himself shaved his head in protest.