Grand Mufti of Kashmir: Step Down from this Chair
  • Petitioned Grand Mufti of Kashmir, Mufti Bashir-ud-Din

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Grand Mufti of Kashmir, Mufti Bashir-ud-Din

Grand Mufti of Kashmir: Step Down from this Chair

    1. Omar Bashir
    2. Petition by

      Omar Bashir

      London, United Kingdom

Grand Mufti,

This is in context to your recent fatwa against the all-girl band Pragaash. This is less a fatwa and more a direct, misogynistic threat to silence young girls who have chosen for themselves a career path untrodden by women of Kashmir.

Mr Grand Mufti you have forgotten that Kashmir has a long tradition of Kashmiriyat and Kashmiriyat is an expression of solidarity and resilience regardless of religious differences. It embodies an ethos of harmony and a determination of survival of the people and their heritage. In this context, your nefarious and illogical fatwas have caused more harm than they have done any good. 

Women in music industry is nothing new in Kashmir. We have stalwarts like Raj Begum, Shameema Azad, Kailash Mehra and Mehmeet Syed singing for the past so many years. You must be aware that Raj Begum has been awarded the Padma Shri award in 2002.

Pragaash means from Darkness to Light and we see in them a ray of hope emerging from the darkness of despair.

Kashmiri women have been always on the forefront, from Kot Rani fighting large invading armies to Parveena Ahanger fighting the world’s largest democracy.

We have never seen a fatwa from you when women sing and dance on government functions like the Republic Day or the Independence Day which explains the dubious character of this fatwa.

Previously also you have threatened American citizens to leave Kashmir and before that you summoned a Christian Pastor to your self styled Shariah Court and ordered him to leave the State. These things portray a negative image of the people of Kashmir bringing us immense shame. You have failed as an ambassador representing the people of Kashmir to conduct your duties properly. 

We appeal you to step down from the Chair of Grand Mufti of Kashmir and let some fresh blood take the spot.


Recent signatures


    1. Cyberspace message from Kashmir

      Omar Bashir
      Petition Organizer
      Girl band row stokes aazaadi embers

      New Delhi, Feb. 5: The virtual passing of Kashmir's teenage all-girl band has become occasion for the Valley's many fragile faultlines to reopen along raw edges. As "Praagaash", or morning light, extinguished itself on Facebook in deference to "Kashmiri sentiment", Kashmiris stoked a babble on the girls' dead music.

    2. Online petition wants Grand Mufti to quit

      Omar Bashir
      Petition Organizer
      The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News

      M A I N N E W S Online petition wants Grand Mufti to quit Azhar Qadri/ TNS It is God who created the artist and it is also God who created the Mufti we are performing our duty and they are performing their duty.

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Tamara Moss GURGAON, INDIA
      • 11 months ago

      We all need love light and freedom, especially from brainwashing and hate crimes veiled in the name of GOD and religion.

      • over 1 year ago

      We live in a democracy.

    • Mohammad Imran RINGWOOD, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      Grand Mufti violated his position when he issued fatwa without saying that it was his opinion and others are not legally or religiously bound by his opinion.

      • over 1 year ago

      everyone has the right to see the dreams-a right that everybody has got by birth..they why not ..the right to live the dreams is must be..everyone has the right to live one's dream...

      • over 1 year ago

      I am a musician myself. And if somebody reproaches me for being one, I'd reply to the self-righteous moron, "Why don't you just mind your own damn business while i decide what i do with my own life".


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