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Who is Farmani Naaz, YouTuber facing flak for singing Shiv bhajan 'Har Har Shambhu'?

Farmani Naaz is facing wrath from a section of people for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Muslims after she sang a rendition of Shiv bhajan, 'Har Har Shambhu.'

Prerna Yadav Edited By: Prerna Yadav New Delhi Published on: August 01, 2022 19:45 IST
Farmani Naaz

Farmani Naaz, a singer and YouTuber who also participated in singing reality show Indian Idol a few years ago, is being criticised by a Deoband-based Muslim cleric over her rendition of a Shiv bhajan, Har Har Shambhu. It is a song praising the Hindu deity Lord Shiva. In the month of Shravan, Farmani took to her YouTube handle and uploaded the song. While many praised the song, there's a section of people who slammed Farmani for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Muslims. 

Who is Farmani Naaz?

Farmani hails from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. She rose to fame after participating in the 12th season of Indian Idol. She is quite popular on YouTube, boasting over 3.84 million subscribers. She is also an active Instagram user with a decent follower count of 15.2K. Farmani regularly posts videos and reels on Instagram. She makes a living from her singing career after her husband left her following the birth of their son.  

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After receiving flak over her song, the Muslim singer Farmani requested people to stop criticising her. "Hum ek kalakaar hai aur kalakaar ka koi dharam nhi hota .. hum gaane ke samay hum koi dharam nhi dekhte. Hume bhagwan ne awaaz di hai hum chahte hai hum us awaz se sabko khush kare. (An artist has no religion. God has gifted me a beautiful voice so it's my responsibility to make people smile by singing all types of songs)," she said.

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For the unversed, cleric Mufti Asad Qasmi said, "singing or dancing is haram in Islam." "Islam me naach gana bilkul jayaz nahin hai aur shariat iski ijazat nahi deti hai. Yeh bilkul haraam hai. Is aurat ko Allah se tauba karni chayie. (Singing is forbidden in Islam. It's considered haraam. This woman should apologise to Allah," Mufti Asad Qasmi told ANI.

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-with ANI inputs

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