‘I wrote hu­man­ity for my son’s re­li­gion’

Celebrity hair­styl­ist Aalim Hakim, who sup­ported Sonu Nigam’s stance by shav­ing the singer’s head, feels that the youth should take a les­son from him

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee

Sonu chose the right way to give it back to all the neg­a­tiv­ity [around him] with­out be­ing abu­sive or ag­gres­sive AALIM HAKIM, HAIR STYLIST

Since Wed­nes­day, celebrity hair stylist, Aalim Hakim’s (right) so­cial me­dia page has been flooded with re­ac­tions for sup­port­ing Sonu Nigam and shav­ing his head [af­ter be­ing chal­lenged by a Maulavi]. While some sup­ported him, many lashed out at him for his ac­tions. But Aalim re­mains un­per­turbed and feels that it’s im­pos­si­ble to sat­isfy ev­ery­one.

“Sonu chose the right way to give it back to all the neg­a­tiv­ity [around him] with­out be­ing abu­sive or ag­gres­sive. Peo­ple failed to un­der­stand that he was not against any re­li­gion, but against the use of loud­speak­ers. I think our gen­er­a­tion should take a les­son from him,” says Aalim.

Re­cently, Sonu Nigam wrote a se­ries of tweets that ques­tioned the need for mosques in In­dia to use a loud­speaker while call­ing out for daily prayers (Azaan) to devo­tees. Ask him if he’s get­ting the back­lash be­cause he him­self is Mus­lim and has sup­ported Sonu, he says, “I’ve my own opin­ion and it’s not gov­erned by any re­li­gion. I know I’m right, so back­lash doesn’t bother me. No­body can is­sue a fatwa [like this]. No one is above the law. If you think some­one is wrong, fol­low the le­gal pro­ce­dure. It’s ridicu­lous how he (Quaderi) even of­fered an amount [to Sonu for shav­ing his head].”

Aalim be­lieves in hu­man­ity. Shar­ing an anec­dote be­hind his son’s birth­day cer­tifi­cate, he says, “When Sky [his 10-month-old son] was born, I wrote hu­man­ity as the re­li­gion in his birth cer­tifi­cate. My wife (Shano Hanspal) is Sikh, and she didn’t con­vert to my re­li­gion.”

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