Irrfan Khan courts controversy for raising questions over fasting, Qurbani in Islam

Jaipur: Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan is now in news for all the bad reasons as he recently raised questions on the practice of sacrifice and fasting in Islam. Hitting on the actor, the Muslim clerics asked him to concentrate on his film career and not get involved in religious matters.

Maulana Abdul Wahid Khatri, state secretary of Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind said, “It would be better if he concentrates on his film career and not make random statements about our religion. He is doing this just for the publicity of his upcoming movie.”

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Sher Qazi Khalid Usmani, Jaipur’s Shaher Qazi (chief jurist), while talking to a leading daily said, “He should keep his mouth shut as he has no knowledge about the religion.”

During the promotions of his upcoming film ‘Madari’ in Jaipur, Khan talked about the practice of sacrifice saying, “The meaning of ‘Qurbani’ is to sacrifice something which is close to you instead of any goat or sheep which you just buy to sacrifice. Before sacrificing we should share a bond with that thing otherwise just killing of an animal will not serve the purpose. Nowadays we have lost the relevance behind such religious activities and perform these rituals without knowing the meaning behind them.”

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Further, he went on to talk about the practice of Islam saying, “Rather than fasting during Ramzan, people should self-introspect… We Muslims have also made a mockery of Muharram. It is meant for mourning and what we do? Take out (tajiya) processions.”

Khan went on to criticize the Muslims for not speaking against terrorism.

He said, “Why Muslims are silent against the issue of terrorism. People should also question the politicians over this issue.”

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