This video is hilarious! Jammu and Kashmir’s Grand Cleric Bashir-ud-Din Ahmad (of music-is- un-Islamic-and-ban-girl-bands fame) got caught enjoying a musical evening in a houseboat in Kashmir.When questioned, he went into denial. Despite being shown vividly on the camera, sitting in a gathering where a band of musicians is performing he’s adamant that he was in a seminar and NOT a concert!
We can acquiesce to that. Let’s say it was a seminar and then towards the end a group of people starting playing and enjoying music. Now, short of jumping off the boat, the poor cleric couldn’t do much could he? But even a spokesperson for the Supreme Court of Islamic Shariat has saidthat the entire conference was of religious nature.
Well, he could have created a ruckus if he REALLY wanted to! Just like he did for the Kashmiri all-girl band Pragaashand forced them to disband!
He called it a vice and also issued a fatwa (religious ruling) against them. But it seems that the Grand Mufti of Kashmir Bashir-Uddin Ahmad finds it difficult to practice what he preaches.
Qaiser Nizami, who sang during the function attended by the Grand Mufti, said he asked him about the fatwa and was told that “he had opposed the way the girls were performing because it was not acceptable to the society”.
Praagaash, the first all-female rock band in the country, was disbanded in February this year after death threats, cease orders, and actual fatwas (religious rulings) were imposed against them by state-sponsored Muslim clerics.
After winning a battle of the bands in Srinaga, the band started to receive staggering amounts of public online hate. It was questioned if Pragaash’s performances were “appropriate in the Muslim-dominated society in Kashmir," going as far as calling them “sluts” and “prostitutes.”
One of the band members had to relocate to another city!
Now what can one call it?
The double standards and hypocrisy of this particular cleric and religious bigots around the world in general usually leaves a sane person flabbergasted!
He should by all that is right seek an apology but he won’t. Stuck up in his own religious and self righteous superiority, he is not going to come down to the level of mere sinning mortals and do something as menial as apologizing for his hypocrisy!