6.15 pm Feb 04, 2013
On the fatwa against Kashmir's all-girl band
Kashmir's Grand Mufti has condemned the rock band and issued a fatwa against them, saying music is bad for the society and women must be under a veil at all times. Discuss the matter with Chairperson of Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies Prof Hameedah Nayeem.
8 questions answered
- why is a self proclaimed committee pressing their self assumed ethics on someone who do not follow them? Well i feel the answer is to gain cheap publicity. But how far is it justified to get this cheap publicity by means of threatening innocents(that also in name of religion)? Do you believe in these so called 'fatwas' which prop up like mushrooms, every hour, from impure soil? Asked by: Ahmed
- Prof Hameedah Nayeem I do not believe in these fatwas which are not basically not well thought out. In j&k, the practice has been very tolarent culture. Everything we do is not strictly islamic. There have been women poet & singers who have contributed to the art & culture of society & noboday has ever raised a fingure against them. In the present case, it is a very trival issue. It is basically some boys who also formed a rock band who have actually threatened this group of girls. Because of professional or gender rivalry. This is unfortunate that Grand Mufti who has never been part of active social life & has never talked about such issues & suddenly he has become custodian of islam.
- Mam, is it that these so called custodians of religion from all faiths are facing a serious problem of identity crisis. Irrespective of religion or faith you see them dictating some or other ban. Is it only to tell the youth of country that they are there? Asked by: S ESHWAR
- Dear Prof Hameedah Nayeem, My name is Karin Johansson and I have a question which is related to KSCDS but not to the fatwa against Kashmir's all-girl band. I hope it is ok that I take the opportunity to ask you: Would it be possible to read the report on sexual violence that KSCDS has submitted before the Justice Verma Committee in Delhi? I am writing a master thesis about how sexual violence relate to other forms of violence against civilians and I believe your report would be highly relevant to my research. Most respectfully, Karin Johansson Asked by: Karin Johansson
- so madam, do you think the problem is in Islam or its interpretation Asked by: Ravinar
- Will you be supporting the girls?in a democratic country what is legal standing of fatwas? Asked by: Nidhi bahuguna
- Purdah is religous matter. There are so many cases till today, where purdah is misused in carrying terrorist activities and escaping themselves from identification, don't we see the necessity not to use it in public places like rail stations, banks etc? Asked by: Chenna Keshava
- Prof Hameedah Nayeem Well purdah is a personal matter. Nobody has the right to dictate to anyone to use it or not to use it. I dnt subscribe to the idea that purdah is misused in carrying terrorist acts. There are however men & women who have use it to carry out activities which they will otherwise not do publically.
- Sufi music is religious,how can one live without music,all Muslim emperors were lovers of music and art?this is unfortunate to co relate Islam with no music Asked by: Nidhi bahuguna
- If the religion forbids music or entertainment of any sort. should it not become the responsibility of the Government to take care of the minority rights. India is a secular country and people within different groups might find others' doctrines unreasonable. It is upto the Government to see that no one's right are compromised. And with very able and highly intellectul Ministers we can be assure that rights of the innocent minorities will not be compromised Asked by: Sameer