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FATWA for Muslims from Saudi Arabia

We are posting a FATWA pronounced by Saudi Council of Muftis given unanimously advising Muslims worldwide not to subscribe mobile ring tones containing QURAN AAYAT. The FATWA says: “Ring tones on QURAN AAYAT are HARAAM (forbidden) because the AAYAT are NOT COMPLETE when we pick the phone and meanings of …

A New Fatwa on the Afghan War

By Yoginder Sikand Is the war that continues to rage in Afghanistan in the wake of America’s invasion and consequent occupation of the country an Islamically-legitimate jihad according to the Islamic shariah? Is it permissible, according to the shariah, for Muslims from other countries to travel to Afghanistan to participate …

Saudi Arabia planning to set up official TV, radio for fatwa

IMO News Service Saudi Arabia is actively considering the idea of setting up an official television channel and radio station for accredited Muslim scholars to issue fatwas, or religious edicts, media reports said Saturday. According to a report in al-Youm daily, the television channel will be aimed at creating a …

Islamic scholars: if the veil is banned, Muslim women may uncover their face

Leading Saudi experts have criticized the French government decision, which denies freedom of religion, but agree that Muslim women are “allowed” or “it is better to” show their face when required by the law of the host country. Muslim women living in or travelling to countries where face-veils are forbidden …

Cycle-Fatwa rides into my Re-Cycle bin

By Nigar Ataulla The Dar ul-Uloom Deoband, India’s largest madrasa, is back in the news again—this time for a fatwa it has just issued that lays down that Muslim girls above the age of 13 should not ride cycles on the grounds that it would be difficult for them to …

Society awakes and Fatwas fail

Society awakes and Fatwas fail By Zahid Khan In the wake of a recent controversy involving a fatwa (aimed at controlling Muslim women working outside their homes), the well-known Mumbai-based writer Javed Akhtar rightly noted that the times are gone when such fatwas had any effect. Today, he said, these …

Spiritual Malaria?

Spiritual Malaria? By Nadeem F. Paracha A recent fatwa from a ‘Saudi Council of Muftis’ has this advice for fellow Muslims: Do not say [or write] ‘mosque.’ Always say ‘masjid’ because mosque may mean mosquito. Another myopic case of Saudi malaria perhaps? Certainly. But that’s not all. The grand fatwa …

Politics of Fatwa in India

Politics of Fatwa in India By Navaid Hamid Indian Muslims are not aloof from the global Muslim community which is feeling the brunt of a crisis from within. They suffer from an identity crisis in spiritual, social and political spheres. Muslim intellectuals today follow western modules in order to pretend …

Muslim women say Deoband edict goes against the Quran

Muslim women say Deoband edict goes against the Quran By Neeta Kolhatkar The Darul Uloom Deoband’s edict restricting women from working with other men has not gone down well with Muslim women in the city. They say the fatwa, posted on the Deoband’s website, is specific and cannot be a …

Unveiling Deoband’s Fatwas on Women

Unveiling Deoband’s Fatwas on Women By Yoginder Sikand Visibly embarrassed by the angry reaction of the media, women’s groups and noted Muslim critics to its fatwa delivered more than a month ago on working Muslim women, the Dar ul-Uloom, Deoband, India’s largest seminary, has hastened to announce that the fatwa …

Everybody loves a bad fatwa

Everybody loves a bad fatwa By Kashif-ul-Huda Everybody loves a bad fatwa. And why not? It fills column space for newpapers; It brings in viewers for Television channels; it plays into the image of Muslims as a backward community for communalists; and it gives activists a chance to reinforce their …

Young Muslim women fume at Deoband diktat

Young Muslim women fume at Deoband diktat By Sarwar Kashani Many young Muslim women have reacted sharply to the Deoband seminary’s fiat on women and men working together in offices, saying it’s high time clerics started looking at real issues plaguing the community such as economic backwardness. “I don’t understand …

:: FATWA :: An Open Letter to the Fatwa-Makers

An Open Letter to the Fatwa-Makers Assalam Alaikum, my dear brothers. I hope that by your rules a sister can write a letter to her brother, and that is why I am writing this letter to you. I wish to start by stating that I do respect the ulema, and …