Amid the controversy surrounding the recent Salman Khan’s rape analogy remark, superstar Irrfan Khan courted a fresh controversy when he said that slaughtering of ‘Bakra’ does not mean Qurbani, the traditional style of sacrifice by Muslims.
The internationally renown actor made the remark while promoting his upcoming Bollywood film ‘Madari’ in Jaipur.
“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,” Irrfan told Deccan Herald, adding that, nowadays we have lost the relevance behind such religious activities and perform these rituals without knowing the meaning behind them.
The ‘Piku’ star also said that rather than fasting, people should self-introspect, according to The Times of India. “Muslims have made a mockery of Muharram and while it is meant for mourning, people celebrate it like a festival,” Irrfan commented, according to the report.
Irrfan also criticised Muslim leaders for not speaking up on the issue of terrorism and also asked the general public to question politicians over this issue.
Reacting to the remarks, Maulana Abdul Wahid Khatri, state secretary of Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, advised him to concentrate on his film career rather than interfering in religious issues, according to a report in The India Today.
“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,” Khatri said.
“He should keep his mouth shut as he has no knowledge about the religion,” said Sher Qazi Khalid Usmani, Jaipur’s Shaher Qazi (chief jurist).