Sonu Nigam in soup after protesting mosque's azaan
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Sonu Nigam in soup after protesting mosque's azaan

Man who supported Sonu Nigam's azaan tweet, stabbed

A Gopalpura resident in Bhopal was stabbed by two men on Wednesday after a heated conversation on Sonu Nigam's tweet against azaan.

According to sources, Shivam Rai, the victim, supported Sonu Nigam's tweet, which infuriated the accused-Mohammad Nagori and Faizan Khan. They threatened Rai on the phone.

When Rai met the two later with a friend, they were attacked by knives, sustaining grave injuries.

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17 Apr 2017

Sonu Nigam creates controversy after protesting 'azaan'

Singer Sonu Nigam created a controversy when he took to Twitter to complain about being woken up due to a nearby mosque's azaan.

"God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India," he tweeted.

Backlash

Backlash on social media

Backlash on social media

Nigam's comment invited much criticism. "I am a fan of urs but this was definitely a bullshit statement. U gotta respect other religions beliefs. It's a democratic country (sic)," wrote @macchandna.

@saaniisweet said, "India is a secular country, u cant say such things. So many Muslims out there... should they not be called to prayer, cuz you get disturbed? (sic)"

Defence

"Gundagardi hai bas", says Nigam

Terming the backlash directed at him "gundagardi", Nigam defended his remarks: "By the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?"

He also pointed out he doesn't believe in even temples or gurudwaras "using electricity to wake up people who don't follow the religion".

19 Apr 2017

Sonu Nigam shaves head over Rs. 10 lakh fatwa

In response to a fatwa issued by a Kolkata-based cleric who offered Rs. 10 lakh to anyone who shaves Sonu Nigam's head, the singer shaved his own head on live television, to claim the reward.

Nigam had reacted to the clerics fatwa calling it "religious gundagardi."

He clarified that his comments about the azaan were socially motivated and not religious.

20 Apr 2017

Complaint against Sonu Nigam over tweet

Complaint against Sonu Nigam over tweet

A religious leader from Aurangabad has filed a complaint with the local police over Sonu Nigam's tweet about the use of loud speakers during prayers.

Amitesh Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Aurangabad said "We have received a written complaint against the singer. However, no offence has been registered so far."

Police said they are looking into the complaint before deciding upon a course of action.

21 Apr 2017

Man who supported Sonu Nigam's azaan tweet, stabbed