Jaipur: Actor Irrfan Khan has stirred a controversy with his comments on Ramzan and Muharram.
At a function on Thursday to promote his new movie ‘Madaari’, the actor questioned whether the essence of fasting during Ramzan and sacrifice had been lost.
“We have forgotten the real meaning of rituals. We have made them a tamasha (scene),” the 49-year-old actor said.
“Qurbani means sacrificing something close to your heart and sharing with others. Today, you buy a goat from the market for sacrifice. It is something to think about, it is a matter of common sense, we all should ask ourselves how sacrificing another life earns us any goodwill,” he commented.
Mr Khan stressed that it is important to “understand the meaning of rituals and festivals” or they can be misused.
He went on to comment that “we have made a mockery of Muharram. It is meant for mourning and we take out processions.”
He also criticised Muslim leaders for not speaking up on terrorism.
Many Muslim leaders have responded to the actor’s critique either with anger or disdain.
“I think he should understand the importance of sacrifice. These statements are condemnable,” said Qalam Raza Nuri, a cleric.
Zafaryab Gilani of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board said: “He is not a religious leader and his advice is not needed.”