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Islam After threats, fatwa issued against Kashmir's all-girl rock band

Discussion in 'Interfaith Dialogues' started by aristotle, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. aristotle

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    Srinagar: After online threats and hate messages, the Valley's only all-girls rock band - Praagaash – is now facing ire of the Grand Mufti of Kashmir.

    On Sunday, Bashir-ud-din Farooqi issued a fatwa against three Kashmiri girls for being part of a rock band, saying the women should stop their activities and further advised them to imbibe moral values.

    “Yes, I issued the fatwa. All the bad things happening in the Indian society are because of music,” he said. “They (girls) should stop from such activities and not get influenced by the support of political leadership.”

    In response to the fatwa, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who had earlier supported the rock band, tweeted on Sunday: “Given the importance people attach to the fatwas of the Grand Mufti the less said the better.”

    But the Grand Mufti is not impressed. “This (music and singing) is the first step towards bulldozing our moral and Islamic fabric in Kashmir. I advise their parents to impart Islamic education alongside modern education to them, which can only guarantee success in their life,” he said

    The band is on the target of the separatists too.

    “There is no room for nourishing Western culture and immoral values in Kashmir. No noble family will allow their girls to choose their profession as a dancer,” said Ayaz Akbar, the spokesperson of the hardline faction of Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

    “Parents should have chipped in to advise their daughters that their activities are not according to Islam.”

    The all-girls band, which came to limelight in late December last year after their performance at the annual 'Battle of the Bands' competition here, had defied the convention by stepping into the male-dominated field of music.

    (Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/jammu...inst-kashmir-s-all-girl-rock-band_826901.html)

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  3. aristotle

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    Video showing J&K grand mufti
    enjoying music stirs controversy

    PTI | Jul 28, 2013, 09.09AM IST
    SRINAGAR: A video showing grand mufti of Jammu
    and Kashmir Bashiruddin Ahmad enjoying music,
    an act he termed as forbidden in Islam, went viral
    on Saturday, drawing sharp reactions online.
    The grand mufti is seen in the video in the
    company of several other persons, including
    women, at a gathering where a local artist is
    singing ghazals while playing harmonium.
    Ahmad drew widespread criticizm for his presence
    at the musical event as he had issued a "fatwa"
    against the first all girls rock band of Kashmir
    saying singing was "unislamic".
    The three-member team decided to disband the rock
    group following the fatwa issued by the grand mufti
    in January this year.
    The grand mufti, however, termed the video as
    handiwork of mischievous elements.
    "It was not a musical event. It was a seminar on
    life of noted literary person Akbar Haideri which
    was organised by Aziz Hajini and Rukhsana Jabeen
    (director AIR, Srinagar).
    "The programme began with recitation of Holy
    Quran and at the end Kaiser Nizami read some of
    the verses of Akbar Haideri," he said.
    Ahmad said the news reports about the video were
    an attempt to tarnish his image.

    (Source: timesofindia.com/india/Video-showing-JK-grand-mufti-enjoying-music-stirs-controversy/articleshow/21417448.cms)
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  4. Gyani Jarnail Singh

    Gyani Jarnail Singh Malaysia
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    Jul 4, 2004
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    These guys are all hypocrites...big time..just like our own jathedars...
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  5. Tejwant Singh

    Tejwant Singh United States
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    Little do these ignorant hypocrite sitting cross-legged on their chairs holding the religious power know that the outer is only the manifestation of the inner.

    How can one silence the inner orchestra that makes us as beings?

    On by murdering....
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  6. Kanwaljit Singh

    Kanwaljit Singh India
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    Wow that's a great blunder by the grand mufti. He should get his ears cleaned for such blasphemy.
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