Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, in the middle of a raging controversy over his statements on ‘qurbaani’ recently, condemned the recent Dhaka attack in a long Facebook post on Sunday.
Islamist militants armed with sharp weapons slaughtered 20 people, including a young Indian woman, at an upscale café in Dhaka before government forces stormed the building to end a 12-hour standoff on Saturday. The Islamic State (IS) said it was responsible for the attack, but Dhaka government has denied the claim.
Reiterating that religion has nothing to do with terrorist activities, Irrfan wrote, “Bachpan mein mazhab ke baare mein kaha gaya tha ki aapka parausi(neighbor) bhooka ho toh aapko usko shamil kiye bina akele khana nehi khana chahiye. Bangladesh ki khabar sunker ander ajeeb vehshat ka sannatta hai… Quran ki aayeten naa janne ki wajeh se ramzaan ke mahine mein logon ko qatal ker diya gaya. Haadsa ek jagah hota hai , badnaam Islaam aur poori duniya ka musalman hota hai. Woh Islaam jiski buniyaad hi aman, reham aur dusro ka dard mehsoos kerna hai. Aise me kya musalman chup baitha rahe aur mazhab ko badnaam hone de? ya wo khud Islaam ke sahi mayne(meaning) ko smajhe aur doosron ko bataye, ki zulm aur qatlo gharat(massacre) karna Islaam nehi hai.”
During the promotion of his upcoming film Madaari in Jaipur recently, the actor had questioned how one can get “puny” by killing an innocent animal in the name of “qurbaani”. He had said, “People should understand the real meaning behind a particular ritual. Animals used to be the prime source of food when the ritual would have started and people sacrificed their food. Today, one buy two goats from market and kill them in the name of sacrifice then how come it becomes a real sacrifice? I feel proud that I live in a country which is not run by any religious rules.”
Muslim clerics asked the actor to focus on his work instead of making his own interpretation of religious customs. “Irrfan is an actor and he should focus on his work only. He has no religious knowledge and he should have contacted or get some knowledge from any cleric before raising any question regarding qurbaani or Ramzan,” city qazi Khalid Usmai said. He said Islam has no vague things and Irrfan should improve his knowledge.
Reacting to the clerics who took offence to his statement on ‘qurbaani’, the actor wrote, “Pls Bhaiyon, who r upset with my statement, either u r not ready to introspect or u r in a hurry 2 reach 2 a conclusion. For me religion is abt personal introspection , it’s a source for compassion, wisdom and moderation n not for stereotyping n fanaticism. Clerics don’t scare me!! “
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