Islamic music prohibition discussed on Danish tv
‘Our prophet was born to do away with loud music’, a mullah from Pakistan’s second-largest mosque was quoted as saying in a report from Pakistan on the national tv-channel DR1 on 18 March 2007
“This is a big crisis, and this is turning many Pakistanis into a more and more schizofrenic kind of behaviour where we are both expressing extreme Westernism and modernism and at the same time extreme conservativism,” explained Pakistani journalist and author Ahmad Rashid in a tv report from Pakistan which was produced by Danish journalist Marie Buss. He stated that Pakistan increasingly is influenced by religious hardliners, and that there are more madrassas (religious schools) in Pakistan today than there were before 2001.
The tv report showed an interview with Hafiz Mohammad Ashraf – a mullah at the Badshahi Mosque, situated in Lahore. The mosque is the second-largest mosque in the country, capable of accommodating over 55,000 worshippers. According to him, music is a bad thing and should be prohibited. The tv reporter also interviewed Amir, an owner of a music shop, who explained what he believes are the best qualities in music.
The seven-minutes report was broadcast in the programme ’21 S