Amid controversy over Ramzan comments, Irrfan Khan reacts to Dhaka attack

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Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan reacted to the recent brutal attack in Dhaka, where 20 people were killed by gunmen, who swore allegiance to so-called Islamic State (IS) terror organisation.

In a Facebook post, Irrfan expressing shock over the killings during the holy month of Ramzan said, such barbaric acts bring bad name to the Muslims around the world.

“Bachpan mein mazhab ke baare mein kaha gaya tha ki aapka parausi(neighbor) bhooka ho toh aapko usko shamil kiye bina akele khana nehi khana chahiye. Bangladesh ki khabar sunker ander ajeeb vehshat ka sannatta hai… Quran ki aayeten naa janne ki wajeh se ramzaan ke mahine mein logon ko qatal ker diya gaya. Haadsa ek jagah hota hai , badnaam Islaam aur poori duniya ka musalman hota hai. Woh Islaam jiski buniyaad hi aman, reham aur dusro ka dard mehsoos kerna hai. Aise me kya musalman chup baitha rahe aur mazhab ko badnaam hone de? ya wo khud Islaam ke sahi mayne(meaning) ko smajhe aur doosron ko bataye, ki zulm aur qatlo gharat(massacre) karna Islaam nehi hai.”

Irrfan's comments come even as he is in the middle of a controversy over his remarks on the practice of animal sacrifice during Ramzan.

"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 buy two goats from market and kill them in the name of sacrifice then how come it becomes a real sacrifice?,” Irrfan said last week during a promotional event for his upcoming film Madaari.

"I feel proud that I live in a country which is not run by any religious rules," he had said.

His comments has evoked strong response from Muslim clerics, who have asked the actor to focus on his work instead of making his own interpretation of religious customs.

Dhaka attack

About half a dozen heavily armed gunmen invaded a restaurant popular with foreigners in diplomatic zone in Bangladesh's capital city Dhaka. During a 12-hour siege, the terrorists selectively hacked 20 persons, who were neither Bengalis or Muslims, to death.

The terror attack came to an end after Bangladeshi security forces stormed the restaurant. In the anti-terror operation, five terrorists were killed and one was captured alive.

Among the 20 killed, 9 were Italian, 7 Japanese, one Indian, one American of Bangladeshi origin, and two were locals.

Although, the IS claimed responsibility for the attack, the Bangladesh governmnet has refused to accept the terror outfit's claims.

The government has said that the terrorists belonged to homegrown terror outfit Jamaeytul Mujahdeen Bangladesh and not IS.

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