:s1: I don't know why brothers are so upset that i posted a classical urdu poem in the POETRY thread. the poem was neither rude nor blasphemous nor salacious so i don't see why it is so controversial all of a sudden. as for the link -- it is to a recitation with NO music. since when has it been haram to listen to someone recite poems without music--even if the reciter is a non-muslim? just because amitabh is an actor--does it mean we cannot listen to him recite something mubah? that is so illogical. it is like arguing we shouldn't read Caesar's Gallic Wars because he was a bisexual or not read Ghalib because he was a wine drinker or Mir because he was a Rafidi? the Art of an artist is not related to the artist's private life...and nothing in this recital is unislamic as far as i am aware. as for comments by the likes of abu fadl he is always showing his true colors in moments like these -- can he show me where ala hazrat has outlawed poetry recitals? his own brother composed a diwan of non-religious poetry too and was a shagird of the great urdu poet nawab daagh dihlawi. maybe he should actually follow ala hazrat on matters of aqaid himself... as for the deobandit tazkiyyah he is just an imbecile who has nothing but hatred in his heart for sunnis so i just ignore him. coming from a group of people who invited gandhi to the mosque and made him sit on the minbar...and who compared the milad e paak to the birth of the hindu idol kishan kanhaiya [it was gandgohi who said this] i would not be surprised if such naaray as the sick one he posted are allowed in madrassah e deogand.