Singer Bilal Saeed has apologized after public outcry on the singer’s video with actress Saba Qamar shooting a song in Wazir Khan Mosque went viral on social media. The singer posted a video on his social media account. Bilal Saeed apologized to his fans and followers for hurting their sentiments.
Bilal Saeed apologized
He turned to his Instagram account and posted a lengthy apologetic message. We realize what has happened over the past few days has hurt your sentiments deeply,” he began.
“We as Muslims, as decent human beings and as artists will never, ever trivialize or condone disrespect to Islam or any other religion, race, caste, color or creed. If we have unknowingly hurt anyone’s sentiments we apologise to you all with all our heart,” he added.
In the video, Saeed states: “Saba Qamar and I had recently filmed a nikkah sequence at Wazir Khan Mosque which created a big misunderstanding and hurt the emotions of a lot of people.”
The controversial video circulating on social media showed Saba Qamar Zaman twirling with Bilal Saeed in the video during the shoot of their upcoming song Qubool Hai. He denied the speculations of dancing in the mosque during the shoot of the mosque.
“Alhamdulilah I am a Muslim and I was raised in a Muslim household. I cannot even think about doing something that would disrespect my religion.”
“I solemnly affirm in the name of Allah that neither did we play any music in the mosque and nor did we dance and the witness to that is the management of the mosque.”
He said that no song was played in the background of the video circulating on social media. The twirl was for the photoshoot and promotional campaign for the song.
“There was a move that we did for the sake of the photoshoot. We were not following any dance sequence and neither was there any music playing in the background. We understand that we have unintentionally made a mistake and we are acknowledging our mistake.”
Saba Qamar explains the video
“Saba Qamar and I, are just humans like the rest of us and to err is human,” he added.
Meanwhile, actress Saba Qamar also responded to the whirlwind of criticism on social media. In her social media posts, she explained the video.
She said they only shot one Nikah scene in the mosque that was the prologue to the music video featuring the song.
“It was neither shot with any sort of playback music nor has it been edited to the music track,” she tweeted.
In another tweet, she said, “the BTS video that’s been circulated on social media was just a circular movement to click stills for the poster of ‘Qabool’ depicting a happily married couple right after their Nikah.”
— Saba Qamar (@s_qamarzaman) August 8, 2020
Pakistani actress Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed came under immense criticism for dancing and filming a new song in the historical Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore.
According to the reports, the celebrities shot the song in the mosque without official permission. Meanwhile, the social media users slammed the actress and singer for violating the sanctity of the mosque by dancing and filming the song in the mosque.
The matter came to public attention when actress Saba Qamar shared a small video clip of dancing with Bilal Saeed in the mosque released on social media. The video instantly went viral on other social media platforms. As opposed to the expectations, the fans and followers slammed the production house and the performers for promotion indecency in the mosque.
The furious fans also asked why the authorities did not stop shooting the song in the Wazir Khan Mosque. Meanwhile, they also asked the concerned authorities to take strict action against the singer and the actress.
Manager of Wazir Khan Mosque suspended
While Bilal Saeed has apologized to the public over the controversy, The Punjab Auqaf and Religious Affairs Department had suspended the manager of the Wazir Khan Mosque. The department issued the notification of his suspension on Sunday.
Moreover, the deputy director of the department will lead the probe in the case. Punjab Auqaf Minister Syed Sahibzada Saeedul Hassan condemned the video and said strict actions would be taken against the responsible.
But the production company has argued that they gained initial permission against the payment of Rs.30,000.