Actor Irrfan Khan said there is hardly any spirit of sacrifice involved in buying two goats for the festival and slaughtering them.(IANS Photo)
Actor Irrfan Khan said there is hardly any spirit of sacrifice involved in buying two goats for the festival and slaughtering them.(IANS Photo)

Clerics slam Irrfan Khan over comments on goat sacrifice

The actor had urged people to ask themselves whether taking the life of an animal would amount to a good deed.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2016 07:46 PM IST

A day after Irrfan Khan questioned animal sacrifice in Muslim fast and festivals, clerics in Jaipur said on Thursday the actor should refrain from commenting on religious matters.

The actor, who was in his hometown of Jaipur on Wednesday to promote his upcoming movie Maadari, had said the spirit of sacrifice during Eid-ul-Zuha is very significant but questioned the manner in which it is being done.

There is hardly any spirit of sacrifice involved in buying two goats for the festival and slaughtering them, the actor had said, urging people to ask themselves whether taking the life of an animal would amount to a good deed.

Dr Mohd Iqbal Siddiqui of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said the ritual of sacrifice in Islam has been ordained by God and nobody has the right to comment whether it is right or wrong.

“If anyone thinks that sacrificing the animal won’t amount to any good deed, then he is free to not do it. It’s good that Irrfan Khan wants to understand the spirit behind the ritual but he should go to theology experts for that.”

Anwar Shah, secretary of the Jama Masjid in Jaipur, said he condemned the actor’s statement “because religion is not his forte and he should refrain from commenting on matters of religion”.

“He also made a generalised statement about politicians that they all make hollow promises which is also wrong. I would say his comments are ignorant,” said Shah.

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