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12:49pm, 2nd July, 2016

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What is knowledge of religion? What is religion? Isn’t religion a support system for the oppressed in the society? However, the most religious of people fail to understand this. They use religion to suppress opinions and they can’t stand criticism of their methods. It’s true both of Muslims and Hindus. The recent comments by Irrfan Khan and the reaction to it by Muslim clerics is another instance of this same ugly fact.

Irrfan Khan, during the promotion of his film Madaari in Jaipur, lashed out against the need for fasting during the month of Ramzan.

“Rather than fasting during Ramzan, people should self-introspect,” he said. According to him Qurbani is to sacrifice something close and valuable to oneself, not any goat or sheep one buys for killing. “Animals are being slaughtered on the name of qurbaani during Muharram. We, Muslims, have made a mockery of Muharram. It is meant for mourning and what we do? Take out (tajiya) processions,” he said.

Irrfan Khan further asked why Muslims are being silent on the issue of terrorism. He criticised their silence on such an important issue which is maligning the image and name of their community.

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Deccan Herald quoted Khan saying “Nowadays we have lost the relevance behind such religious activities and perform these rituals without knowing the meaning behind them.”

Obviously, these comments were not acceptable to the most religious people we spoke about. They have hit back, and hit back hard even more so as Jaipur is Irrfan’s home town.

“It would be better if he concentrates on his film career and not make random statements about our religion. He is doing this just for the publicity of his upcoming movie,” said Maulana Abdul Wahid Khatri, state secretary of Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind. He asked him to concentrate on his film career and not speak on religion.

Another cleric Sher Qazi Khalid Usmani who is Jaipur’s Shaher Qazi (chief jurist) asked Irrfan Khan to “keep his mouth shut as he has no knowledge about the religion.”

This is so ‘clerical’ these days. Be it Hindu Swamijis or Muslim clerics, these people either intimidates others to stop speaking about them or explode into hate speeches. Irrfan Khan, although at a publicity function, said the right things. We Indians are so drowned in religion that we are removed from reality. We don’t know facts from fiction anymore. And that is why religious leaders are able to fool us. That is why we fall prey to terrorist organisations like ‘Al Qaeda’ or ‘Abhinav Bharat’.

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