Sonu Nigam sparked a debate on Monday by putting out a tweet saying, “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.” While many agreed to his point, there were a few others who criticized him. BollywoodLife got in touch with Saath Nibhaana Saathiya’s lead actor Mohammad Nazim to get his view on the entire matter and here’s what he had to say –

“First of all I respect every religion. Agar unhone aise particular Azaan ke baare mein bola hai toh matlab abhi mere ghar ke paas Church bhi hai. Wahaan bhi 6 baje ghantiyaan bajti hain. Wahaan mandir bhi hain. Main mandir-mazjid ke paas rehta hun. Aisi choti-choti cheezon ko lekar mudda uthana matlab aap padhe likhe ho. Sonu Nigam is not a small name. He’s a big name of the industry. Agar yahi log aisi baatein karenge toh aam logo ke liye kya bachega phir. Ye galat cheez hai. Unko aisa bolna hi nahi chahiye.”

(I respect all religions. I reside near churches and temples where they start ringing bells from 6 in the morning so it was not fair of him to talk particularly about Azaan. One should not make an issue out of small matters like these. He is a big name in the industry and he is setting a bad example in front of the commoners by talking like this. It’s wrong! He shouldn’t have said it.)

“Jab woh industry mein aaye the tab Sonu Nigam ek aisa insaan tha jo sirf aur sirf Rafi sahaab ki copy karta tha. Mohammad Rafi ki. Mohammad Rafi toh aise insaan the jo namaaz nahi chodte the, gaana chod dete the lekin namaaz nahi chodte the. Agar woh insaan Rafi sahaab ko apna guru maante ho toh aisi cheezein matlab he’s not a kid yaar. He is an educated guy. Ekbaar pehle bhi unhone aise kuch kiya tha plane mein kuch. Toh aisi cheezein kyun karte hain? Samajh hi nahi aata. Jo bhi hai galat hai ye. Main unhe galat nahi bol sakta par jo unhone bola hai woh galat hai. Woh galat hain ya nahin hai main ye bhi nahi bolunga. Kyunki mujhe koi haqq nahi hai kuch bolne ka, I am very small. He is an educated guy, unhe pura Hindustan, unhe puri duniya jaanti hai. Ab woh aisi cheezein karenge toh log kya sochenge? Aam janta toh kuch nahi samjhegi.”

(When Sonu Nigam entered the music industry, he used to copy Mohammad Rafi. Rafi would leave his songs but would never leave his prayers. If Sonu considered him as his teacher then he wouldn’t have said all this. He is not a kid afterall. He is an educated guy. He did a similar thing sometime ago in a plane. Why does he do all this? I just don’t understand. But it’s wrong. I am not saying that he is a wrong guy but what he has said is absolutely wrong. I can’t say it’s wrong because I don’t have the right to judge him, I am very small. He is an educated guy, who is well known in the entire world. What will people think if a man of his stature will do something like this. Common people will not understand. )

When we informed the actor that Sonu shaved his head today in a press meet after a Kolkata-based cleric announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh to anybody who can tonsure Nigam and garland him with old shoes; Nazim said that the Maulvi is equally wrong in making such mindless demands as shaving the singer’s head is not going to make any difference. He further added that he should ideally have just made Sonu realize about his mistake and asked him not to repeat it. ALSO READ: Sonu Nigam shaves his head to protest the fatwa issued against him and Twitter goes crazy over it

Well that’s what Nazim feels. What do you guys have to say on this matter. Tell us in the comments section below. And keep coming back to BollywoodLife for latest updates on the issue.