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Published On:24 December 2011
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EDITORIAL: Veena Malik, an alternate view on the Fatwa

By Mike Ghouse and Najma Adam

The All India Muslim Tyohar Committee has issued a Fatwa (opinion) against Veena Malik declaring the social boycott of Veena Malik, a film actress who has allegedly posed nude for a men’s magazine and was performing a wedding ceremony on a movie set per the Hindu tradition.

Mr. Khurram, President of the group claims, “[T]he extreme step has been taken because the woman has openly revolted against the tenets of Islam and Prophet Mohammad. You are a Muslim only if you follow the rules of the religion. She has made a laughing stock of the community.”

It is time for Muslims to seriously think about the implications of this fatwa; this is a reactionary position that has consequences that will hurt Muslims, Muslim women and the Committee more than the person it is intended to hurt.

Consider that when the film “Mughl-e-Azam was released in the early sixties, the song “Pyar kya to darna kya” (why fear any one when you are in love) created a similar ruckus. It was a revolutionary song in a conservative society. Parents feared that their daughters will run off with men, did that happen out of the norm? No, there is no record of it. The movie was produced and directed by a Muslim, acted by Muslims, song was written and composed by a Muslim, but no fatwa was issued despite the phobias it generated. Perhaps that was a time of more security for Muslims?

It would seem that Muslims were more secure with their identity and believed in the teachings of Islam that "NO ONE but YOU" is responsible for your actions and NO ONE will come to your rescue on the Day of Judgment. You are on your own with the Creator and it is between you and Allah.

Your parents, siblings, kids, spouse or even Prophet Muhammad will not take responsibility for you on that day. They will be busy with their own accountability. Only Allah knows what is in your heart and he alone is the Malik-i-Yomiddin, the Master of the Day of Judgment, is he not?

As a society, it is our responsibility to keep law and order and faithfully guard the safety of every citizen. Our responsibility is limited to punishing for theft, rape, hoarding, not paying alimony, breaking a contract or lying - as it messes the trust and the delicate balance of the society. However, neither God nor the Prophet has given authority to judge one’s faith or Imaan, and ONLY God reserves that right.

We can gossip and express our opinions, but issuing a fatwa should be a serious responsibility. If Veena Malik is a bad example for our daughters, let us not make a big deal out of it and focus our limited time, energy and attention on her.

In fact, in this instance, the committee could have used the opportunity to focus instead on the plight of girls and women in India and Muslim women everywhere as they struggle for basic human rights. Why can’t the Committee use their power instead to declare that all women should be allowed the right to live once born? Does the committee recognize that infanticide of girls is equivalent to murder? Is this permissible in Islam? Or perhaps the Committee can consider issuing a fatwa against domestic violence so that Muslim women do not have to experience this haram practice? Fatwas that are consistent with Islamic teachings are likely to gain credibility and respect for the committee and better achieve the goals of Islam than the ridiculous fatwa currently in place.

As Muslims we need to feel secure about ourselves and our faith. I urge the Tyohar committee to have faith in God who alone can protect his Deen, we don’t need to pre-empt God. He definitely doesn’t need our help.

It is not Veena Malik, but fatwa’s such as the one against her that has make us a laughing stock. Please take the fatwa back and spare us all the shame that comes with such declarations. Most of all, understand that Allah reserves the right to judge us all, including the committee that has taken to issue the fatwa.

India is the world’s largest democracy and we should learn to live freely and let people be. Let Veena Malik do what she wants to do and let’s mind our own business and take care of the many urgent and pressing needs of our society.

[Mike Ghouse is committed to building cohesive societies where no Indian has to live in anxieties, discomfort or fear of the other. He is a frequent guest at the TV, radio and print media offering pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. His work is indexed at www.MikeGhouse.net and his current articles at www.TheGhousediary.com. Mike Ghouse is now associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Foreign Editor. He can be contacted at MikeGhouse@aol.com. Najma Adam is a social activist, educator, and therapist who is committed to social justice. Her website is www.adamandassociates.com]

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  1. Please note that the co-author of this article is Najma Adam.

    Najma Adam is a social activist, educator, and therapist who is committed to social justice. Her website is www.adamandassociates.com

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