Sunni Clerics Say ‘Deoband Fatwa’ Against Shia’s Fake, a Conspiracy

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Lucknow: Top Muslim clerics have dismissed media reports that claim Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa for Sunni Muslims, asking them to refrain from having Iftar at Shia Muslim houses.

Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, top Sunni Imam of Lucknow said the reports were part of a ‘mischief’, while Shia clerics said such fatwas could be part of a conspiracy to hamper brotherhood between both communities.

Maulana Rasheed said, “Deoband never issues such fatwas. It seems to be a case of mischief to disturb the communal harmony among Shias and Sunnis. Both communities can have Iftar together, there is absolutely no doubt about that. Deoband is closed during the holy month of Ramzan, so this raises more doubts about this fatwa. The matter should be probed thoroughly. Muslims should not pay any heed to such fatwas.”

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Imam and Khateeb of Fatehpuri Shahi Jama Masjid Dr Mufti Mukarram Ahmed also condemned the alleged fatwa and said it is part of an international conspiracy to divide Muslims further.

Mufti Mukarram Ahmed termed it as part of US, Israel and Saudi planning to hamper Islamic brotherhood. “In my opinion, it is not a religious issue but a political game which is being played to disturb communal harmony among Sunni Shia Muslims and to promote sectarianism,” he said.

According to Siyasat daily, former parliamentarian Mohammed Adeeb threatened to leave Deobandi sect if such fatwa was true. He said the alleged fatwa talks about not attending the marriage, while even Shia Sunni marriages are allowed in Islam. Adeeb said he himself sought a fatwa from Farangi Mahali and his daughter-in-law is Shia. 

Shia Cleric Maulana Yasoob Abbas said, “Such things hamper brotherhood. It seems this was done as a part of a conspiracy to disturb peace between the two communities. Darul Uloom should probe the matter and punish the guilty.”

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