Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan recently questioned the practice of slaughter in Islam at a promotional event for his next film Madaari in Jaipur. He has now drawn the ire of Muslim clerics for his comments. Maulana Abdul Wahid Khatri, the state secretary of Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind (a leading Islamic organisation in India), deemed the actor’s comments a publicity stunt, and said that the actor should concentrate on acting instead of commenting on religion.
Irrfan Khan had also questioned the need for fasting during the month of Ramadan. Pointing to the loss of relevance behind religious activities now, Khan said that such practices hold no purpose anymore especially if there’s no meaning behind it. “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,” Khan said, as quoted in a Deccan Herald report.
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Irked by the actor’s comments, Muslim clerics in Jaipur have criticised his remarks. DNA reports that Jaipur’s chief jurist, Sher Qazi Khalid Usmani, was equally angered by Khan’s comments. “He should keep his mouth shut as he has no knowledge about the religion,” he said.
Madaari is scheduled to release on 15 July, almost a week after Eid-ul-Fitr (end of Ramadan).