People are so wicked and soaked with hate against a particular community that they created controversy out of Shah Rukh khan’s prayers. A video clip of actor Shah Rukh offering prayers for Lata Mangeshkar has gone viral for erroneous reasons. Sudarshan news channel came up rabble-rousing about some so-called “Spit Jihad”. Many on social media shared this video, claiming that Khan spat after reciting prayers.
Many users on social media made this video viral by attacking Khan. This was also reported by the mainstream media which can be seen here and here. To defend the actor’s gesture, some netizens even shared a clip from Khan’s film “My Name is Khan”, where he can be seen blowing air on his son in the movie. Shah Rukh was surely not spitting, this is a typical Muslim tradition of blowing air into something after reciting the holy verses. This is called Ruqyah in Arabic and Dum in Urdu.
When a Muslim attends the funeral of someone close, they offer Namaz and then blow in the air like (SRK did). This is his way of saying the final goodbye. This should not be viewed in the wrong way. Several others tweeted the video saying that what Shah Rukh did is an act of faith. Congress leaders BV Srinivas and Urmila Matondkar, an actor and Bollywood filmmaker Priya Gupta defended Shah Rukh. But hate-mongering clan was not ready to settle on these simple explanations, some of the BJP leaders took a chance to make it Hindu-Muslim.
Shah Rukh Khan made a rare appearance on Sunday, as he attended Lata Mangeshkar’s funeral at Shivaji Park ground in Mumbai. The actor arrived much in advance and patiently waited to pay his last respects to the singing legend. Being extremely religious, Shah Rukh Khan offered a dua for Lata Mangeshkar. For a split second he removed his mask and did a facial gesture, which several ill-informed netizens deemed as ‘spitting’.
He raises his hands to the chest and asks Allah for whatever is required. This prayer can be anything, whether it is for the welfare of someone or for the job or for the peace of the soul. We have seen such pictures in movies. Shah Rukh did the same thing near the body of Lata Mangeshkar. Like millions of his fans, he prayed for her soul to rest in peace. When Shah Rukh was praying with his hands raised, he had a black mask on his face. He prayed for about 12 seconds, took off his mask and bowed slightly and blew in the air towards Lata Didi’s mortal body.
Among those sharing the false and misleading claims included Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Haryana IT cell in-charge Arun Yadav, and Hindi news channel Sudarshan News that is notorious for peddling misinformation and communally charged information. Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s fans rushed to defend him online after questions were raised against him.
Shah Rukh Khan and his manager Pooja Dadlani made an appearance at singer Lata Mangeshkar’s funeral practicing their own religious theories. While Pooja prayed with folded hands, Shah Rukh said a prayer with his hands raised and then blew his blessings on Lata. The ‘Queen of Melody’ Lata Mangeshkar, aged 92, breathed her last in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Everyone was mourning her death but right wingers were bust spreading hate across social media.
Her last rites were performed at Shivaji Park, Mumbai with full state honours. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and other celebs who paid their last respects to the mortal remains of the singing icon. Photos from the funeral ceremony had gone viral in which Shah Rukh was seen offering dua alongside his manager Pooja Dadlani who joined hands in prayer. While the picture received much love from the netizens, another moment in which Shah Rukh allegedly “spat” on Lata Mangeshkar’s mortal remains irked many netizens.
The central government announced two days of state mourning – February 6 and 7. During this time, the national flag will be flown at half-mast across India in honour of Lata Mangeshkar. And here some of our section is busy in hate-mongering.