February 01, 2006


This is really disturbing. Probe News Magazine writes an investigative report on the multi million Taka Bangladeshi Industry of "Islamist music". (via Tasneem Khalil & Salam)

It is surprising that jihadi music are being sold in the market unnoticedly along with the Bangla traditional songs, modern westernised band and concert music in the market. According to this report these Islamic-based songs definitely have found a niche in the music mart. So what do these songs instigate or inspire?

Probe magazine dissected 300 songs and found:
"Most of the songs evolve around five main topics – 1. Jihad for freedom from social inequality. 2. Criticism against the leadership of Awami League, BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami. While the opposition against Jamaat is very mild the resentment against AL is very pronounced. 3. Deep respect for and profound confidence in Osama Bin Laden and Mollah Omar. 4. Deep hatred and resentment against the US, UK. There has been no mincing of words here. 5. Criticism of the bombing in the name of Islam. However, this criticism has been rather weak and not very precise."
Please read the whole report for details. Quotes from some lyrics:
"Bangladesh’s parliament is today filled with atheists/They are Muslims only in name, not in action,"

"What is the use of being born a man if the power goes to women again and again?"

"If the Quran and Hadith are forbidden in the court, shouldn’t one sacrifice his life?"
Some people argue that you cannot motivate a suicide bomber, they are just protesting the anomalies in the society. I hope they won't try to find a logic that these music are recreational and not motivating the extremists.

Probe also reports that:
"Towards the mid-eighties Islami Chhatra Shibir’s cultural wing Spandan Shilpi Goshthi first initiated jihadi music. There are other producers like Islami Chhatra Majlish (ICM) in this industry.

Then following the suicide bomb attacks in different parts of the country on August 17, 2005, these cassettes of jihadi music suddenly seemed to have vanished into thin air."
Shouldn't the government take action against these?


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