FATWA FAC­TORY

Ret­ro­gres­sive fat­was do a dis­ser­vice to Is­lam

DNA (Delhi) - - OPINION -

Darul Uloom Deoband has out­done it­self. This time around, it is in the news for ex­pelling for­mer Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sal­man Khur­shid from Is­lam for per­form­ing an aarti of Lord Ram dur­ing Kalki fes­ti­val in Samb­hal. Deoband’s Ulema Mufti Tariq Kashmi, in a press re­lease, said that Khur­shid’s act was against the “ba­sic tenet of Is­lam which does not al­low any de­vout Mus­lim to wor­ship any­one other than Al­lah”. For cen­turies now, re­li­gion has been the in­stru­ment for its self-pro­claimed agents to per­pet­u­ate their own my­opic agenda and sec­tar­ian in­ter­pre­ta­tion. The Ulema of the Deoband has very con­ve­niently for­got­ten that liv­ing in peace and har­mony, in agree­ment and in a sin­cere em­brace of hu­man­ity is also one of the ba­sic tenets of Is­lam. How­ever, quite ap­par­ently, such tenets do not sub-serve the larger agenda of ex­er­cis­ing what­ever lit­tle clout maul­vis pos­sess. This is not the first time this school of Is­lam has put out ret­ro­gres­sive fat­was. In Oc­to­ber, it is­sued one bar­ring women from pluck­ing their eye­brows. A few days later, it put out a fatwa ban­ning women from up­load­ing self­ies on Face­book, What­sapp, and Twit­ter, on the ground that it is un-Is­lamic. An­other or­gan­i­sa­tion called Is­lami Markazi Ma­jlis-e-Shoura in J&K’s Kisht­war dis­trict also made its pres­ence felt in the fatwa race by is­su­ing a clutch of dik­tats which in­cluded ban­ning mu­sic at wed­dings, ask­ing teach­ers to seg­re­gate boys and girls in class­rooms and also ask­ing women not to roam alone in the mar­ket­place. Such fat­was only do a dis­ser­vice to the cause of Is­lam. Many ad­her­ents of the faith are pro­gres­sive and ed­u­cated, and sub­scribe to a mod­er­ate, less dog­matic ver­sion of Is­lam. By re­cur­rently, and in­ces­santly, is­su­ing such non­sen­si­cal fat­was, the maul­vis are putting un­rea­son­able fet­ters on the lib­erty of the peo­ple of the faith.

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