Video showing Grand Mufti enjoying music stirs controversy

‘It was a seminar, not a music conference’


Srinagar, July 27: A video showing Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir Bashiruddin Ahmad enjoying music, an act he termed as forbidden in Islam, went viral today, 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.
 Mufti drew widespread criticism 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 "un- Islamic".
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.
Mufti said the news reports about the video were an attempt to tarnish his image.
Meanwhile, a local news agency KNS quoting the chief spokesman of the “Supreme Court of Islamic Shariet” said: “We strongly condemn publication of defamatory news in Delhi based newspaper in which it has been reported that Mufti Azam had attended a music conference.”
“The conference was purely of religious nature, which besides Mufti Azam was attended by the prominent personalities of the State,” he said.
While clarifying position that there was neither any kind of rock band nor musical program during the conference he said as such the publication of the news report is nothing but a concocted story.
“Therefore under Defamation Act, we reserve the right to initiate legal proceedings against the chief editor of the daily,” he added.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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