"Shoura committee" led by Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar, Farooq Ahmed Kitchloo banning musical nights in Muslim marriages in Pir Panchal region has become talk of the town and people have hailed the decision.
While talking to Greater Kashmir, scores of local residents from Muslim community said that this decision is appropriate Muslims nowadays were spending lakhs of rupees by calling some local or Chenab Valley based singers for entertainment. "We appreciate the decision of Muslim Shoura committee Kishtwar ,it is a right step ,beating drums and organising mega musical nights where hundreds of people including women and children used to participate is Haram in Islam", said a Imam of one local Masjid, Abdul Kabir.
Locals said affluent families were trying to ruin our culture by promoting Western culture in Muslim marriages but Shoura committee's decision to impose a blanket ban would help us save our culture and ethos.
They said that they are expecting more creative and constructive work on the new culture of preparing several non-vegetarian cuisines for the guests during wedding ceremonies. "We hope people realize that it's just wastage of money. Guests can be served one or two non-vegetarian dishes to avoid this extravagance," they added.
People who cannot afford ostentations during weddings are facing immense problems due to them being asked to serve special dishes.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Shoura Committee during the course of its meeting last week had held a detailed discussion over various issues faced by the society including growing western culture in the society and it unanimously called for an end to organizing of " Musical" programs in Muslim marriages.
The Shoura committee said that in case anyone violates the decision, no Imam of Kishtwar district or from Chenab valley would perform "Nikkah" in the marriage of such persons.
The Shoura Committee also asked the people not to beat drums or burst firecrackers during or before marriage function.