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Kashmir's all girl rock band 'Pragash' was banned from performing by force?

In the recent past the kashmirs all girl rock band 'Pragash' was banned from performing by force , as they received death threats, which end up the closure of the band, I want to know was the approach right Pragash was an all-girl Kashmiri rock band formed by three teenage Muslim girls. The band was formed in December 2012 and received controversy from Islamic scholars, who claimed that the band members allegedly broke the codes of Islam. The band members all received threats of death, rape, and other physical harm, as well as a fatwa from Grand Mufti, which prompted them to quit the band.


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Narrated Abu 'Amir or Abu Malik Al-Ash'ari: that he heard the Prophet saying, "From among my followers there will be some people who will consider illegal sexual intercourse, the wearing of silk, the drinking of alcoholic drinks and the use of musical instruments, as lawful. " SHAIH AL-BUKHARI [vol. 7: book 69: No. 494]

Dear brother, although sisters in the music band are Muslims by faith, but because they resides in a land where Shariah Law is not applied, the responsibility of teaching and dictating these sister rests solely upon themselves and their legal guardians. We must assume that sisters and their guardians are wise enough to understand whether singing with music in public is appropriate and acceptable in the Sight of Allah and Islamic Law, and they alone will be responsible for their decision they chose to make in the Presence Allah.

Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar The Prophet (saws) said, "Everyone of you is a guardian and everyone of you is responsible (for those in his wards). A ruler is a guardian and is responsible (for his subjects); a man is a guardian of his family and responsible (for them); a wife is a guardian of her husband's house and she is responsible (for it), a slave is a guardian of his master's property and is responsible (for that). Beware! All of you are guardians and are responsible (for those in your wards)." Sahih Al-Bukhari[vol. 7 : book 62 :: Hadith 116 ]

But if you feel that someone is ignorant in any matter then it is the responsibility of every believer to use the best and humble way and make him educated about it.

The literal meaning of 'fatwa' is a ruling or an opinion derived from the Quran and the Sunnah; and the 'Mufti' is the one who gives this ruling.

Coming to the grand mufti (Mufti Bashir), He is a mufti recognized by the government of Kashmir, and has the authority to deliver a fatwa about anything in the society, so that the Muslim community will remain safe from any evil deed.

The girls where performing in front of hundreds of people and were given coverage by the media, the grand mufti did the right thing to deliver a general fatwa against the singing of girls in front of non-mehrams. So that the Muslim community in Kashmir will keep themselves away from this act.

However the mufti or Islamic scholars obviously do not have the authority to pressurize anyone to do what is right. When Scholars are asked about the band and their singing in public, they would obviously give their opinion in light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah...and therein their responsibility would end.

The ultimate responsibility of the actions and deeds rests on individual and their guardians alone. And no other will be accountable in front of Allah but they themselves.

The band members all received threats of death, rape, and other physical harm

It is indeed shameful to abuse or threaten a believer for his/her ignorance. Those who abused the girls should fell in repentance to their merciful Allah for their sin, as The Prophet said:

"Abusing a Muslim is Fusuq (evil doing) and killing him is Kufr (disbelief) Sahih Al-Bukhari. [Volume 9::Book 88 :: Hadith 197]

If in ignorance you happened to indulge in a haram deed, it is first and foremost important to turn back to Allah in repentance (taubah) and seek sincere repentance for your transgression of His Laws and His Prescribed Boundaries...if you are indeed sincere in your repentance and subsequently amend your conduct, it is expected that you will find your Allah most Forgiving and most Merciful. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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