An ideology that suppresses freedom. In this way, the Iraqi violinist Ameen Mukdad, speaking with the agency Reuters, has defined the Isis, stressing that it is not a religion. The musician, 28 years old, was forced to leave his house after the city of Mosul was invaded by the Islamic state. His home was stormed by the jihadis who have seized even his instruments, considering music a violation of their interpretation of Islam.
The music stronger than terror
Tobacco, music and even other entertainment were prohibited by the jihadis of the self-declared Caliphate since the summer of 2014. “I will never forget the 10 June, it was the day in which the music died in Mosul,” he told the Telegraph, explaining that he and his family were forced to flee to Baghdad after that the Isis conquered the city. But first he hid in the basement some of his instruments, that were saved from the destruction, with the hope of being able to return to take them back. “I could not stay without music anymore, so I decided to go to take back my ‘children’: three violins, two guitars and a cello – he told the Telegraph -. I stayed in my house in Mosul, playing in ‘silence’, sealing the windows in order to not be heard. A life without music is unthinkable”.
A concert in the rubble
With the background of the explosions and gun shots from Mosul west where still today there is fighting, and challenging the restrictions of the so-called Islamic State, Mukdad has held a short concert in the ruins of his city. The notes of his compositions, created in secret while living in a Mosul that was been demolished by the Isis, piece after piece, day after day, could be released in the air. The Tomb of Jonas, even if partly destroyed, was the stage for the young musician who chose this place because “it is a symbol of unity”. “They took my instruments, my CDs, they said that they would be back to teach me the evils of music. I run away. And now finally I come back to play without fear in my Mosul. Music is a beautiful thing. Those who oppose music are miserable persons”.