Saif Ali Khan reacts on Sonu Nigam’s ‘Azaan’ tweet


Without taking Sonu Nigam’s side unswervingly, actor Saif Ali Khan commented that religion should be a private affair. He too expressed his displeasure on using microphones at religious places. But at the same time he believed that the singer’s tweet was big harsh initially.

Talking about the whole hubbub over Sonu’s Azaan tweet, Saif said during an interview with the Indian Express, “Don’t know who you are offending. At one level I agree, the lesser sound the better, there should be certain decibel levels allowed across religious practices. I also understand the amplification of the sound during azaan comes from insecurity”.

The actor compared the situation in India to Israel, “Not just here but also in Israel apparently where three different religions co-exist. It’s been written about so I believe it’s the same.

As a minority, you would like to make your presence felt and hopefully accepted. If someone says that it should be extinguished, it will make some people little uncomfortable. As a precursor to some sort of holocaust, it’s the first thing you think of. There’s a bit of fear there. It’s fine to express your views on the decibel levels. I think that tweet was a bit aggressive though, initially. And I do think religion should be a private affair and we should be a secular country.”

On Monday last week, Sonu faced the wrath of the Muslim religious group when he expressed his discontent on morning azaan on social media, he tweeted, “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. And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? 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? (sic)”.