Irrfan Khan during the Pro Kabaddi match between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Telugu Titans at Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur, June 29. (Press Trust of India)

Irrfan Khan during the Pro Kabaddi match between Jaipur Pink Panthers and Telugu Titans at Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur, June 29. (Press Trust of India)

Irrfan Khan’s statement questioning killing of animals in the name of “Qurbaani” has invited sharp reactions from Muslim clerics, who have asked the actor to focus on his work instead of making his own interpretation of religious customs. – @siliconeer #siliconeer #bollywood #irrfankhan


During the promotion of his upcoming film “Madaari” in Jaipur recently, Irrfan Khan questioned how one could get “puny” by killing an innocent animals in the name of “Qurbaani.”

“Irrfan is an actor and he should focus on his work only. He has no religious knowledge and he should have contacted or get some knowledge from any cleric before raising any question regarding ‘Qurbaani’ or ‘Ramzan,’” Khalid Usmai, city Qazi, told PTI.

He said Islam has no vague things and Irrfan should improve his knowledge.

Another scholar Maulana Abdul Wahid Khatri, state secretary of Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, also said he should concentrate on his career instead of speaking about the religion.

Irrfan Khan had said, “People should understand the real meaning behind a particular ritual. Animals used to be the prime source of food when the ritual would have started and people sacrificed their food. Today, one buys two goats from the market and kill them in the name of sacrifice then how come it becomes a real sacrifice?

“I feel proud that I live in a country which is not run by any religious rules,” Irrfan said.