Sonu Nigam, who was recently seen as a judge on Indian Idol 9, sparked a fresh controversy on Monday (April 17) morning over a series of tweets that went viral on social media.
The popular playback singer had expressed his anger on being woken up early by Azaan. Sonu pointed out that he was against the use of loudspeakers and forcing religiousness on people.
"God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India," read his tweet.
Sonu's tweets didn't go down well with Twitter users, who bashed him for hurting religious sentiments. However, some supported the singer.
Last year, Sonu had landed himself in controversy when he sang on board a flight following request from fellow passengers. The incident resulted in the airline suspending five crew members for letting the 42-year-old use the plane's public announcement system. When the news reached Sonu, he had described the airline's decision to suspend crew members as "real intolerance."
God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 16, 2017
And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
I don't believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don't follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True?— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Gundagardi hai bus...— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Check out the twitter reactions:
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Praful Tickoo: Strong words. But I am sure @sonunigam would have heard thousands of azaans before. Why complain suddenly?
Vikram: Agree with you Sonu. Kids and old patients are the ones who suffer the most cos of this Stone Age tradition.
Mudit Agarwal: Dear Sonu Nigam, Please be ready to be tagged as a Sanghi and communal. People may also call u jobless and useless singer looking for fame.
Farah Khan: @sonunigam This is India & every religion has d right 2 follow their beliefs in their ways. Like #Jaagran in Hindus, it's #Azaan in Muslims.
@sonunigam I couldn't believe this kind of statement coming from u sir , I respect u a lot but this is not fair ?, I am UnFollowing Uhh..— Danish Iqbal Khan (@prfctdan) April 17, 2017
@sonunigam ND PLZ don't take Prophet Mohammed name in ur dirty mouth.His name doesn't suit in ur mouth— Adiba (@AdibaSumi) April 17, 2017