Mumbai: Coming down heavily on singer Sonu Nigam for his rants against Azaan, actor Ajaza Khan said Muslims have done nothing wrong, despite this they are being specifically targeted every now and then.
"Muslims in “secular India” are the only ones being specifically targeted.
“Muslims have not done anything wrong and they are just tolerating. Even Sikhs block roads near gurudwaras. During Ganpati festival Mumbai gets shut down for 10 days,” Actor Ajaz Khan said after Singer Sonu Nigam posted on Twitter derogatory remarks about Azaan - the Muslim call to prayer.
Talking to ABP News, Ajaza Khan also reminded Sonu Nigam the importance of waking up early in the morning, especially for those who are singers.
"“In all religions we have been taught the benefits of ‘early to bed and early to rise'. Arijit Singh is singing most of the songs for top actors in the industry as he wakes up early and does ‘riyaaz’", Ajaz Khan said.
Woken up by the morning Azaan call from a nearby mosque on Monday morning, singer Sonu Nigam raised eyebrows with a series of tweets terming the Muslim call to prayer a kind of Forced Religiousness and gundagardi.
Sonu Nigam's main concern was this: "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.
"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 wrote in another tweet.
Nigam went on to justify his tweets by another message.
"And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?...", he tweeted.
Nigam then said that he didn't 'believe' that temples and gurudwaras should wake up people with loud noises either.
"I don't believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don't follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True?..."
"Gundagardi hai bus...", Nigam's last tweet of the series said.
Nigam's tweets soon attracted messages criticising his rants against the Muslim call to prayers.
"Azaan should be stopped in India, where millions of Muslims live, because desh ka laadla Sonu Nigam can't sleep. Where is the tolerance? FO.", Sheru wrote using Twitter handler @iamzaalima
G.Mishra using Twitter handler @Satyameva_J wrote: "Dear Sonu Nigam u forget u started ur career doing jagrata all night. Where was gundagardi thn. If azaan shd stop thn jagrata shd also stop.
Sonu Nigam is not the first to protest against Azan calls in loudspeakers. In fact, a petition calling the mosque authorities to reduce volume level is pending in the Bombay High Court, and the move has also received supports from the Muslims.
Actor Ajaz Khan was in news two days ago when he was spotted in a video criticising Gau Rakshaks and slamming attacks on Muslims in the name of cow slaughter.
In the video widely shared on social media sites, Ajaz Khan is seen challenging Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the self proclaimed cow vigilantes to shut down Harley Davidson in India for selling cow leather products.