The Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, Syed Md Nurur Rahman Barkati, has mocked Sonu Nigam for shaving his head. He told DNA, “I have been told that he suffers from depression. Today he has been asked to shave his hair and he did so. Tomorrow someone will ask him to take off his pants and he will oblige.”
Sonu Nigam had shaved his hair in response to Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, vice-president of the West Bengal Minority United Council’s statement that he would give Rs. 10 lakh to whoever shaved Nigam’s head. This was in response to a tweet posted by Nigam, where he complained that his sleep was disturbed by the azaan (morning prayer) played over loudspeakers at a nearby mosque.
Barkati said, “He is a good singer and should stick to it. He should not interfere with religion. Azaan is very melodious and there should not be anything to complain about it. The hotel where I had put up in Delhi was in the vicinity of a temple and I used to hear the temple bells ringing from my room. I never thought of complaining. Sonu himself sings bhajans and other songs which are played at religious places. We don’t object to those.”