VARANASI: Nazneen Ansari ,President of The Muslim Mahila Foundation,has sought a ban on Darul Uloom and demanded a probe in its funding.
Members of The Muslim Mahila Foundation had performed an ‘aarti’ on 18 October. On Saturday ,Darul Uloom Deoband handed out a fatwa on saying those who had performed an ‘aarti’, could not be considered Muslim.

Nazneen Ansari, the founder-president of the Foundation said, “Islam does not allow them (ulemas) to issue any order or impose their views on anyone in religious matters. They can give suggestions or advice in true light of Islam. They have no authority to ‘bedakhal’ (oust) anyone from Islam. If they continue to issue fatwa on such matters, we will lodge an FIR for violating a 2014 Supreme Court directive.”

“I am proud to be a Muslim and I follow the commands of Islam. Being a true Muslim, I cannot bow down before such baseless fatwas,” Ansari, who has been perfoming aarti since last 11 years, told TOI. “After the Sankat Mochan temple blast in 2006, we have been celebrating Hindu festivals and performing ‘aarti’. It is our fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution,” she said.

She further said the foundation would protest against the practice of delivering fatwas. The SC had decided in June 2014 that fatwas issued by sharia courts or clergy had no legal holiness. Anyone who tries to enforce a fatwa method is illegal and must be treated according to the law, the SC had said. Muslim bodies had cleared that fatwa is not binding.

Ansari had sought construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. She  had even sent a petition to the PM in 2014. She said that Ram temple would strengthen the bond between Hindus and Muslims .

What is a Fatwa

A fatwa  an opinion of  an Islamic scholar regarding some aspect of Islamic law and is non-binding in nature. Fatwa must be issued by an expert in religious law (mufti), pertaining to a specific issue, usually at the request of an individual to resolve an issue where Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), is unclear. Typically, such uncertainty arises as Muslim society works to address new issues – issues that develop as technology and society advance. “Can a Muslim be involved in cloning?” for instance.

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