Saturday, 17 October 2009

Fatwa, Ganesh-Puja and Salman Khan

NEW DELHI: A Muslim organisation has issued a fatwa against Salman Khan for attending a Ganesh puja .

On Tuesday night, the actor was present at the aarti performed by singer Sonu Nigam at the Lalbaugcha Raja mandal, Mumbai's most iconic sarvajanik Ganesh mandal. His visit was widely publicised on television.

Stating that Islam prohibits idol worship, the Bareilly-based Daarul-Ifta-Manjar-e-Islam has said that unless Salman reads the kalmas all over again, he will not be considered Muslim.

The kalmas are the Islamic credo, constituting a declaration of belief that God is one and Mohammed is his prophet.

Salman, who is out on bail in the Chinkara poaching case, also celebrated Ganesh mahostav with his family in Bandra.

The Khan family brought home a Ganesh idol for one-and-a-half days. Matching steps with step-mom Helen, and with his nephew hoisted over his shoulders, the actor was among the group who danced in the procession en route to immersing the idol.

Salam's father Salim Khan reacted strongly to the news of the fatwa : "If these are Muslims then I don't want to be called a Muslim. I don't think people who have issued a fatwa against Salman have anything to do with Islam; they don't even know their religion well.'

"My family is a cosmopolitan family with members from practically every religion living under one roof. What has my son done? He has gone for an aarti which is not wrong at all.

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My comments:

Poor dad and poor son; both victims of success. Both are a million miles away from Islamic values.

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