Press Trust of India
July 24, 2012 18:46 IST
The demand by the religious head of
Ajmer dargah to ban visits by film stars and producers to the
shrine to pray for the success of their films has drawn flak
from the community of khadims (caretakers) and some artistes,
though clerics have supported his stand.
Anjuman committee, representative body of khadims who
perform ziyarat in the dargarh, said that Dewan Zainul Abedin
Ali Khan's objection was uncalled for.
"Those who have faith in Khawaja come here irrespective
of caste and creed. They come here for the great saint Khawaja
and bow to him, not Dewan," Wahid Hussain Chisti, Secretary of
Anjuman Committee, told PTI.
"It is totally an objectionable stand. People come here
with their wish and pray to Khawaja Sahib. It is between the
Khawaja and the devotee," he said.
Qutbuddin Sakhi, a khadim, said that film producers,
actors and actresses usually come with the first print of
their films and seek blessings for the success of their work.
"Many of them come with first print, which only contains
the names of director/producers/actor/actress/crew, not the
entire film and they seek blessings for the success of their
performance. I do not think that there should be any objection
to this," he said.
According to him, the Dewan has no right to interfere in
the matters related with ziyarat and he is just doing for
Actor Raza Murad, a frequent visitor to the shrine, said
film stars have been visiting the dargarh for a long time and
such objections should be rejected.
"The kaum (community) is already backward and such
statement has only worsened the situation. The dargah of Sufi
saint is not a personal property. It is open for all and such
statement at the time of Ramzan is really not acceptable,"
"If he has talked about Islamic law, then the entry of
women should also be banned. Why are female devotees allowed
to enter the dargah," he asked.
Rajasthani folk singer and actress Ila Arun, who has
expressed her wish to organise a Sufi performance in the
dargah, said that if something is against spirituality or a
law, it should be avoided.
"If one has ill-wish or something unfair and prays to the
God in mind for that, no one can stop him or her from doing
so. Such wishes would not be addressed so why is there a need
to create a hype," Ila Arun said.
"If the wish is for such a film which has vulgarity or
obscenity, it will not be successful," she said.
However, Ila Arun said, that if offering of CD/DVD/print in
the dargah is obejectionable, it should be banned.
On the other hand, scholar Mohammad Salim said that the
Dewan was correct in principle because things which are
prohibited from an Islamic point of view should not be
"In principle, he is correct but my view is that when it
comes to offering prayers, one should pray to the supreme God
and seek blessings from Him only," he said.
Peer Abdul Ruab Chisti of Nagaur dargah, Maulana Mashkoor
of Lucknow and other religious people also supported Dewan's
They said that he was fundamentally correct as far as
Islamic law is concerned.
The dargah Dewan in a statement yesterday objected to
actors and producers visiting the shrine to pray for the
success of their films saying that they were seeking blessings
for something which is taboo in Islam.
He had said in that his objection was only over the visit
with this particular purpose, not for a general visit.
Maulana Mushkoor Ahmed from Lucknow said that the stand
Dewan of Ajmer dargah took was absolutely correct from Islamic
point of view.
"All Maulanas should hold a meeting to discuss and take
action on this issue. I will speak to Maulanas in this
regard," he said.
Peer Abdul Ruab Chisti of Nagaur dargah in Nagaur
district in Rajasthan also raised the same voice and demanded
ban on the entry of such people who come with 'unfair'
"All intellectuals should come forward to support the
issue. Not only at the Ajmer dargah, but at all the religious
places, things which are not permissible as per the religious
law should never be allowed to happen," he said.
Chisti said that there is no doubt that the things which
Dewan has highlighted are true and need urgent attention.
"Any activity against Islamic law is considered Haram and
those who are opposing the views of Dewan is also being
unfair," he added.