First it was a fatwa, and now a social boycott — Salman Khan and his father, writer Salim Khan are under attack. Last week, Mufti Manjar Hassan Khan Ashrafi Misbahi, the chief of Darul-Uloom Hijaziya Chishti, Mumbai, issued a fatwa against the Khan family for performing Ganpati Puja and when father Salim Khan reacted to it, the family has been threatened with a boycott and agitation by a Mumbai-based organisation.
For the past 10 years, the Khan family has been performing the aarti and puja on Ganesh Chaturthi. This year too, they brought home the idol and the family offered prayers. After a day-and-a-half, the idol was immersed. Unlike other years, this time the aarti and puja were widely telecast on news channels. And the celebration of Ganeshotsav invoked the ire of some Muslim organisations, and one issued a fatwa against the family.
Reacting to the fatwa, Salman’s father Salim Khan said: “The Quran says, ‘sab ka khuda ek hai’. I want to ask these people if they understand the religion. Who are they to question people’s religious beliefs?”
This statement has added fuel to the fire. The president of the Bandra Muslim Association, Mohammed Farooq Ghosi, demanded a public apology from Salim before Eid, and declared that a failure to do so would lead the organisation to launch an agitation against him and his family.
“Every religion follows its own laws. If these laws are being violated, the religious sects have an authority and power to
issue fatwa against that accused,” said Ghosi.
Salman Khan is out of the country on a shoot and, the family is now maintaining silence. However, Salman’s spokesperson Alok Mathur issued a statement on the actor’s behalf: “My mother is a Hindu, and my second mother is Christian. My brother is married to a Punjabi girl. Even my sister is married into a Hindu family. Ours is a secular family. We respect all religions. And ultimately, God is one.”