It seems that Irrfan Khan is getting into a due to a recent statement he made.
During his recent promotional event at Jaipur, which was scheduled for his upcoming film ‘Madaari‘, the actor questioned the need for fasting during the month of Ramzan, reported India Today.
“Rather than fasting during Ramzan, people should self-introspect. Animals are being slaughtered on the name of qurbaani during Muharram. We, Muslims, have made a mockery of Muharram. It is meant for mourning and what we do? Take out (tajiya) processions,” he said.
With this statement, he has given rise to a new controversy and has become a reason of resentment among people. The actor said that 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.”
“Nowadays we have lost the relevance behind such religious activities and perform these rituals without knowing the meaning behind them,” Khan was quoted by Deccan Herald.
Khan also showed resentment on how Muslims are not speaking against terrorism and how this becomes a reason to humiliate Muslim fraternity. “Why are Muslims silent against the issue of terrorism,” he asked.
Of course Khan’s comments didn’t go down well with the Muslim clerics in Jaipur.
Maulana Abdul Wahid Khatri, state secretary of Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, asked him to concentrate on his filmy career and not to speak on religious matters.
Sher Qazi Khalid Usmani, Jaipur’s Shaher Qazi (chief jurist) asked Khan to “keep his mouth shut as he has no knowledge about the religion.”
Well even if the Khan’s comment causes agony and resentment among Muslim folks, somewhere or the other, Khan has kept up a more rationale approach for the betterment of the society. Not every change suggested is wrong. Fasting is good but should not be made a compulsion. A person doesn’t get rid of his sins just by performing pujas, paaths and fasts.