Actor Irrfan Khan condemned the Dhaka terror attacks in a strongly-worded Twitter post on Sunday (3 June) afternoon.
News of the attack, which saw seven terrorists hold the patrons of the Holey Artisan café in the Gulshan area of Dhaka hostage for over 10 hours beginning Friday night, had shocked the world. Twenty people were killed by the terrorists, before six of the attackers were gunned down by military forces, and one captured alive.
It later emerged that all of the terrorists were from affluent, well-educated backgrounds, with one of them — Nibras Islam — being a self-professed fan of Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor.
In his tweet, Irrfan said that news of the Dhaka terror attacks disturbed him greatly, especially as the killings occurred in the holy month of Ramzan.
“When we were children, we were told not to eat without inviting the hungry to partake of our meal as well..hearing of the terror attacks in Bangladesh has led to deep unease in my heart,” the Madaari actor wrote.
He went on to say that such incidents occurred because of a lack of understanding about Islam’s true tenets — and that in such a scenario Muslims shouldn’t stay silent against outrages perpetrated in the name of religion.
“Terrorists attack in one place, and Muslims all over the world get a bad name,” Irrfan added. “Mercy and compassion are the basis of Islam. So should Muslims stay quiet and let Islam be maligned? Or should they actively try to correct these wrong ideas of Islam?”
Irrfan was recently in the news after his comments on the practice of ‘qurbaani’ during Ramzan had angered Muslim clerics.
Read the full text of Irrfan Khan’s tweet here:
— irrfan (@irrfan_k) July 3, 2016