Defining the religious boundaries
“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world” - Martin Luther
We say that music hits the heart from then it hits the brain. It calms our soul and gives us the freedom of thinking. We have recently heard the news that Nahid Afrin, a Indian idol participant, had made headlines due to her music.
She is a resident of Guwahati, she had participated in the Indian idol junior and won the hearts of many audience, but definitely not of the “maulans”. Her recent song had caught the eyes of the maulans which led to issuing 46 Fatwa’s against her.
What are Fatwa’s?
A fatwā in the Islamic faith is a nonbinding but authoritative legal opinion or learned interpretation that the Sheikhul Islam, a qualified jurist or mufti, can give on issues pertaining to the Islamic law. The person who issues a fatwā is called, in that respect, a mufti, i.e. an issuer of fatwā, from the verb أَفْتَى 'aftā = "he gave a formal legal opinion on". This is not necessarily a formal position since most Muslims argue that anyone trained in Islamic law may give an opinion (fatwā) on its teachings. If a fatwā does not break new ground, then it is simply called a ruling.
When can the fatwa be issues?
In religious context, the word fatwa carries more meaning. This is because when a Muslim has a question that they need to be answered from an Islamic point of view, they ask an Islamic scholar this question, and the answer is known as a fatwa. This fatwa is said by followers to carry more weight than just the random opinion of any person. Muslim scholars are expected to give their fatwa based on religious scripture, not just their personal opinions. Therefore, their fatwa is sometimes regarded as a religious ruling.
A fatwa is a question raised when there is uncertainty in the decision making regarding the religion. But the recent news shows us that the fatwa is now being used just to create the autonomy of power over the people. Nahid Afrin of the Indian Idol fame saw alleged fatwa against her banning her from performing in any public entertainment event.
These so called religion fanatics get a 16 year old in the battle of the religion claiming the event was “against Sharia”. The diktat was circulated through pamphlets which was widely distributed among public across Hojai and Nagaon districts in central Assam on Tuesday.
Assam chief minister Sarbanand Sonowal condemned the ‘fatwa’ and directed police to provide security to the singer.
In a statement, Sonowal said, “Such a ruling against practicing art and culture is unacceptable and is tantamount to infringement of one’s freedom of cultural rights. Such a move cannot be tolerated in a civilized society”.
The leaflet said, “Magic, dance, drama, theatre, etc are against Sharia laws. Events like musical shows are against Sharia, law and future generations will be corrupted by it.”
“If anti-Sharia acts like musical nights are held on grounds surrounded by masjids, idgahs, madrassas and graveyards, our future generations will attract the wrath of Allah,” the pamphlets read.
"Was shocked and broken from inside at first, but many Muslim singers gave me inspiration to not quit music, will never do so," Afrin said.
"My singing is gift of God. I believe it must be properly utilized, not doing so is ignoring God," she said when asked about the fatwa issued against her.
So after this whole incident , it raises a question as though what are the boundaries that defines religion?
How do we should we know that we have done something wrong or we have committed a sin against God?
And if our God is angry shouldn’t he be the one to punish us?
We all give so much importance to religion that we seem to forget the fact that we are humans before being anything else. How can a 16 year old know that she has committed a sin by singing a song that is a bajan?
And why was the fatwa only raised against the girl who sang the song?
Why don’t I see these fatwa’s for any other male Muslim singer?
Or why can’t I see any Hindu razing their voice regarding the Sufi songs Hindu sing?
We have already divided everything, now we have come to the point to divide music also. The religious fanatics have showed the pettiness to such an accent that we feel disgraceful to live in a society.
Religions were made to form communities, to help us grow together as one and not to discriminate between one another.
We seem to forget the basis of having religion and God, since we are more into proving the superiority of one’s religion.
Maybe it will be too late by the time we have actually realized the true meaning and it will be destroyed.
Wake up before it’s too late; wake up before the ego takes over humanity.
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