Muslim fatwa against BSP’s dalit slogan Jai Bhim. Term it un-Islamic and against Sharia law
Posted by jagoindia on February 9, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
Muzaffarnagar A leading Islamic seminary has issued a decree declaring the BSP slogan of ‘Jai Bhim’ as un-Islamic and violative of Shariat.
In the fatwa, the Dar-ul Uloom said that the slogan, invoking Dalit leader Bhimrao Ambedkar, was “against the Islamic law as the religion does not permit such a prayer for anyone except Allah”.
The fatwa was issued by chief Mufti Habibur Rehman, Mufti Mehmood and Mufti Zeulislam on Saturday on a query raised by a medico M Mehraj Khan, seminary sources said.
While the decree has sparked concern in the BSP, especially among its Muslim leaders, a cleric from the seminary Asad Madani who recently joined the party said that the slogan was not a “compulsion” for the party workers. Backing the fatwa, Madani said it was based on Shariat law.
Fatwa on BSP slogan evokes mixed response in UP
Source: PTI Published: February 15
Lucknow: A fatwa (decree) recently issued by Islamic seminary Dar-ul Uloom terming Bahujan Samaj Party’s slogan Jai Bhim as un-Islamic and violative of Shariat has evoked mixed reactions from different sections in Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 representatives to the Lok Sabha.
The fatwa issued by the Islamic seminary Dar-ul Uloom Deoband said that the BSP s slogan of invoking dalit leader Bhimrao Ambedkar, was “against the Islamic law, as the religion does not permit such a salutation for anyone except Allah.”
“The fatwa was issued by chief Mufti Habibur Rehman, Mufti Mehmood and Mufti Zeulislam on February 7 on a query raised by a medico M Mehraj Khan,” seminary sources said.
While the decree had caused a concern among the Muslim leaders of BSP, a cleric from the seminary Asad Madani, who had recently joined the party said the slogan was not a compulsion for the party workers and at the same time backed the fatwa saying, “It was based on Shariat law.”
Samajwadi Party leader and spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said, “the slogan of Jai Bhim has been forced on BSP leaders”.
Reacting to the fatwa, senior BJP leader Hriday Narayan Dikshit said, “Jai Bhim is simply a form of salutation. India is a democratic country and every citizen is free to use any form of salutation. It is really unfortunate that now fatwas are being issued on how people interact with each other.”