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Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launches the Narmada Yatra in December, 2016. (HT Photo).
The fatwa stressed that Muslims “guilty” of shouting slogans such as ‘Narmada-maiya ki jai’ and participating in the kalash ritual should not “touch their wives” until they repent. Those who don’t obey the religious stricture will face social boycott, and their bodies won’t be allowed into the community graveyard.
Neeraj Santoshi | HT Media Bureau | Bhopal | May 15, 2017:: Two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Amarkantak as part of the five-month-long Narmada Seva Yatra’s concluding function, Islamic clerics in Madhya Pradesh have issued a fatwa objecting to the “ritualistic” participation of Muslims in the event.
The religious ruling – pronounced by Jabalpur-based mufti-e-azam Maulana Mehmud Ahmed Qadri and Mufti Naeem Akhtar Qadri – termed shouting slogans such as ‘Narmada-maiya ki jai’ (Hail Mother Narmada), participating in the kalash (pot) ritual, and showering flowers on saffron flags as “unIslamic”. It went on to state that members of the community who have already played a part in the event stand excommunicated from Islam unless they go for ‘tauba’ (repentance) at the earliest and reaffirm their faith.
The fatwa also stressed that Muslims guilty of committing the afore-mentioned religious offences should not “touch their wives” until they repent. Those failing to go for ‘tauba’ at the earliest would face social boycott, and their bodies won’t be allowed into the community graveyard.
A copy of the fatwa, which is in HT’s possession. (HT Photo).
Masood Ahmed Khan, secretary of the state coordination committee for Indian Muslims, expressed similar sentiments. “Islam had nothing against river conservation, but it does forbid idolatry and bowing down before anybody but the Almighty Allah,” he said.
The 3,500-km yatra was launched on December 11 with the objective of conserving the Narmada, a river that many residents of the state depend on for subsistence.
(With inputs from Monika Pandey in Jabalpur).
Courtesy: Hindustan Times.
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