Mumbai: Muslim cleric Qalam Raza Nuri today condemned Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan over his comment on 'Bakra'-slaughtering in the name of 'Qurbani.'
"May be he has made the statement to spread misconception; or maybe he was trying to prove himself knowledgeable. He is absolutely wrong. To speak about a religion, one must know about it first," he told ANI here.
Raza Nuri, while explaining the meaning of 'Qurbani,' said that it is practiced to keep up the spirit of fighting social evils.
"Qurbani brings forth the passion to fight the evil. It also spread the message that we are ready for Qurbani to demolish evil from the society," he said.
"Whatever he has said can be his own perception. Whichever religion it be - Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian, Qurbani has its own significance everywhere. Somewhere it's named 'Bali' and somewhere Qurbani," added the cleric.
For the uninitiated, Irrfan has landed himself in the midst of a controversy following his comment on the traditions of fasting during Ramzan and sacrifice during Bakri Eid.
During the promotion of his upcoming flick 'Madari' in Jaipur, the 'Jazbaa' star said "slaughtering of 'Bakra' does not mean Qurbani, the traditional style of sacrifice by Muslims."
Elaborating further, the actor told, "The meaning of Qurbani is to sacrifice something which is close to you instead of any goat or sheep which you just buy to sacrifice. Before sacrificing we should share a bond with that thing otherwise just killing of an animal will not serve the purpose. Nowadays we have lost the relevance behind such religious activities and perform these rituals without knowing the meaning behind them."
Commenting on Muharram, the actor said that Muslims have turned Muharram to a joke because instead of mourning, people celebrate it like a festival.