PressTrust of India
July 22, 2012 15:09 IST
Strongly objecting to actors and
producers visiting the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti to
pray for the success of their films, the religious head of the
dargah has called upon Islamic intellectuals and Ulemas to pay
urgent attention to the issue.
He says that dance and films are taboo in Islam and
cinema in general today is promoting obscenity, which is a
major reason behind the rapid degradation of moral values in
the society. Hence visits by films starts/director/producers
for "a kind of promotion of their work" at the religious place
is highly intolerable.
"The holy place must not be used as a platform for such a
purpose that is forbidden and against Islamic law but it is
done by film stars repeatedly who come here to seek blessings
for their films and propagate the same through media," Dargah
Dewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, the Hereditary Sajjada-nashin of
Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty, said in a statement here
"It is surprising that Islamic intellectuals, scholars,
Ulemas are quiet on this issue. They should break silence and
express their views strongly as they do in other cases. I
strongly condemn the visit by anyone who has an unfair motto
of coming to the holy place. Not only in Islam, but in any
religion, anti-religious activity must never be tolerated," he
Dewan has also called the Ulemas, who take cognisance and
release orders as per the Islamic law, and apprised them of
his views before releasing his statement.
"I expressed my views to them and said that you should
also take appropriate step for this genuine issue. They said
that they agreed with me because what is being done here by
most film actors, actresses, director, producers etc, is
objectionable," he said.
"Films, obscenity are absolutely detestable to Islamic
sense of ethics and morality and, therefore, considered Haram
(forbidden) in Islam but many film stars come here with CD/DVD
of their work and offer it while praying for the success of
the film or serial, whatever it is, which is absolutely
against the Islamic law," Dewan said.
"Most of the films today are full of obscenity, double
meaning words and expressions, abuses which are casting very
bad impression on society and young generation. It is hateful
and sinful. I strongly condemn and object to the visit of film
actors, actresses, directors and producers to the dargah to
seek blessings for such things which are taboo.
"They are using the holy place, a prime center of
religious belief, for purely commercial purposes and for
degrading moral values among people. Scholars should think
over this issue," he said.
However, he clarified that he has objection over the
visit with this particular purpose, not for a general visit.
"Countless people irrespective of caste and religion come
here to seek blessings at the dargarh and I have no objection
if film stars come with a genuine wish. I have objection to
the visit which is with a specific motto to promote prohibited
things," he said.
He referred to a male singer-composer having visited the
dargah in the past wearing a burka and a leading actress
donning a skirt during her visit. "This is to attract
attention and it is highly objectionable, he said.
"If they come to the Dargah, they should follow the
teachings of Khwaja Sahib and act as per the essence of his
teachings, instead of taking advantage for commercial purpose
and for degrading moral values which is apparent today due to
certain kinds of films," he said.