“Neither a Man Nor a Woman,” Mushtaq Veeri Takes a Jibe At Reshma

Umran Hussain

Mushtaq Veeri, a renowned religious scholar in his latest sermon lashed out at Kashmir’s transgender singer, Abdul Rashid, popularly known as “Reshma” for his song that went viral on social media.

Reshma’s song was recorded in a wedding wherein Quranic verses were used which stands completly against the principles of Islam.

Soon after the song was viewed by thousands of netizens, the contents of the song were questioned immediately and Facebook users demanded action against Reshma and requested social media users not to share the video as it may hurt the sentiments of millions of people across the globe.

The video which is now viral on social media has been recorded in a wedding ceremony where more than ten women surrounding Reshma sing in chorus and support him while he uses a few Quranic verses.

After receiving severe backlash, Reshma in a video apologised to the masses for hurting their sentiments and made it clear that the video was recorded last year and that he was forced in the marriage function to sing this song.

There is huge demand for Reshma to be part of occasions such as weddings. His videos, some of them produced in quite an innovative style, have made the rounds of the internet, revealing a figure deeply loved by all age groups.

Taking a strong note of the incident Kashmir’s noted religious scholar Mushtaq Ahmad veeri appealed the public to boycott such people.

“Such people should be socially boycotted. A person who is neither a man nor a woman has abused the Holy Quran in a wedding. We all need to boycott such people as was done by our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), when he ousted a man from the city of Madina. The man was found involved in same unholy activities.” Said Mushtaq Veeri.

The mood of social media users in Kashmir again took a U-turn when Mushtaq Veeri used certain strong words against Reshma.

“Such people should not be addressed this way. Being a transgender is not Reshma’s fault. He is after all a creation of God.” Wrote one Facebook user in the comment section of the video.

“The man who was ousted from the city of Medina by our prophet (PBUH) was not a transgender but a man who had applied henna on his hands, which is truly prohibited in Islam, as a man is not allowed to dress the way a woman does or perform the activities a woman performs.” Wrote another Facebook user.

“Islam is religion of mercy and compassion. The Prophet (ﷺ) has been designated as the “mercy for the whole creation”. Even a layman can easily understand the Quranic scheme and Prophetic ways of approaching, addressing and treating people with love, respect and wisdom. Such an attitude is considered among the prerequisites for a preacher/sermonizer in Islam. A preacher needs to be tolerant, persuasive, dignified and compassionate apart from being an expert of religious knowledge and practice.” Said Dr. Asad Irfan while talking to The Kashmir Radar.

“In calling people towards Islam and in attempts of reforming people, a preacher is required to display profound wisdom (Al-Quran, Surah 16, Al-Nahl: Verse, 125 ). He must respect the feelings of the addressees, talk with decency, avoid open and harsh criticism or vilification and should try to achieve his objective of reforming with a respectful, tolerant and wise attitude and method. Denigrating publicly a specific gender or person is strictly abhorred in Islam and a preacher can be disqualified from his activities if he takes recourse to such an “uncalled for” way of preaching. A preacher is a servant of religion, who is bound to follow the principles of preaching in Islam.” Added Dr. Irfan.

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