Amid support for the all-girls rock band of Kashmir pouring in from all sections of the society, Grandmufti of Jammu and Kashmir Bashiruddin Ahmad today termed singing as "un-Islamic" and asked them to abandon it.
The Grandmufti issued a decree here today, terming singing as un-Islamic.
"I have said that singing is not in accordance with Islamic teachings," Ahmad told PTI
The cleric said he has advised the members of the rock band to "abandon" singing as it is against Islamic teachings and will not help them in playing any constructive role in the society.
"Society cannot be built or developed by doing un-Islamic acts like singing. I have advised these girls, and other Muslims as well, to stay within the limits of modesty as prescribed for them," he added.Following is the full text of the fatwa issued by him:
The statement I have given for the girl is that they cannot related with such things as music. I suggest them to think and abide by what Islam says.
This is not good. Whatever condition our country is in, all these uprisings, is because of the shameful behaviour of people. That's why it's better for girls to stay behind veils, so that such bad things can stop from happening.
The way these girls dress up ¦in revealing clothes is not good. They should be blamed if any unfortunate incidents take place with them. It's because they invited men, and it's not the opposite gender's fault. Co-education is not good. They should be educated separately from boys. This will help improve the condition of the country. I suggest that whatever they want to do, they should not do publicly.
I would like to suggest to the parents of such girls to not support their girls. They should sing in their rooms, or within the family, but singing in public, in front of unknown men, I do not appreciate that. This gives rise to a bad situation. The condition of society is not good, and for the betterment of the country all this should not happen. One should sing for oneself.
All this singing business in public provokes men. Our daughters should be taught to be in control, this will prove good for the nation. Even in times of pre-Independence, this was not the condition, the way it is now after independence. Girls should live within limits. They should remain in veil. And should always keep their heads covered. This is the most important aspect. If they go out they should be in veil.
They should remain in poise and should specially keep their heads covered always, even in front of relatives. Because it is said that open hair attract men. Even if they want to go out, they should remain under veils.
This is very important. Girls should stay behind veil, they should not perform in front of unknown men.
They should not have been abused on Facebook. But they should have been told or advised. They can sing, but singing in public, which would provokes men, is not good. They should remain in veil.
This will only help the country. It will bring peace and order. We should tell the women that they are daughters, wives and mothers and should not perform in public. This is fatwa, too, and my suggestion too, that our girls should not perform in public, or else their is no difference between our women and film actresses.
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.
The girls' band has received abusive and hate messages on their Facebook page for defying convention by choosing the field of music.
However, support has been pouring in from all corners on social networking sites for the band and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has also backed them.
Omar came out in support of the girls yesterday saying police will probe the threats.
"I hope these talented young girls will not let a handful of morons silence them," he said.
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