Jaipur, June 30: Renowned actor Irrfan Khan has courted controversy by questioning the practice of fasting followed by Muslims during the month of Ramazan and sacrifice in Islam. The statement made by Khan comes days ahead of release of his movie ‘Madaari’ following which Muslim clerics had asked the actor to focus on acting.

While talking on the sidelines of the promotion of of his upcoming film ‘Madari’ in Jaipur, Khan said to Zee News, “rather fasting for whole month of Ramazan, people should self-introspect”.

Muslims across the globe fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramazan. It is almost 1400-years old practice of fasting followed by Muslims during this holy month when it is believed the Holy Quran was revealed on Prophet Muhammed. (Also Read: Ramadan 2016: This Surf Excel Ad depicts divine message of Ramazan beautifully)

Khan while commenting in Muharram said, “We Muslims have made a mockery of Muharram. It is meant for mourning and people celebrate it like festivals”.

Khan while speaking to Deccan Herald also commented on festival of sacrifice (Bakra Eid) followed by Muslim’s. He said, “The meaning of Qurbani is to sacrifice something which is very close to you instead of sheep or goat. You just buy that thing from market and sacrifice it. Before sacrificing it we are supposed to share a bond with that thing. Nowadays we have lost a relevance behind such religious activities and perfor these ritual without knowing the actual message behind them”.

He also criticised Muslim leaders for not speaking on issue of terrorism. He said, “Muslims shouldn’t be quite on issue of terrorism. People should also question the politician over this issue”.

Reacting on Khan’s comment, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPL) member Zafaryab Gilani said, “He (Irfan Khan) is not a religious leader and we do not need his advice what to do. Khan is not a scholar”.

Maulana Khatri, secretary of Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind said, “Irrfan Khan must concentrate on his career and should not make random statements.

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