The influential Dargah Aala Hazrat seminary has passed a fatwa (edict) against Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and mastermind of Mumbai terror attack, Hafiz Saeed, declaring him anti-Islamic and a man of terrorist ideology.
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and mastermind of Mumbai terror attack, Hafiz Saeed dawn
The fatwa issued by Mufti Mohammed Saleem of Manzar-e- Islam Saudagaran, an institution associated with Dargah Ala Hazrat, in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, said he was “not a Muslim”.
The fatwa asked every Muslim not to follow Saeed and his ideologies. Saeed carries a $10 million bounty on his head.
A ‘fatwa’ is a legal pronouncement in Islam which is given by a mufti, a Muslim scholar of a recognised authority, who is an interpreter or expounder of Islamic law.
The fatwa said that listening to his words was “illegal” and “prohibited”.
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As per the fatwa, Saeed with his acts has brought “infamy to Islam and Muslims across the world”.
“Therefore, it is compulsory for every Muslim not to follow him and keep away from his ideology,” it said.
The ‘fatwa’ was issued in a reply to a question asked by one Mohd Moinuddin of Jaipur who had mentioned in his query that Saeed publicised anti-religious ideology and points of view and provoked people to create terror. He asked whether such a person should be considered as Muslim. In his ‘fatwa’, Mufti Saleem said that having any type of connection with persons working against the dignity of Allah and the Prophet was illegal and ‘haraam’, an act that is forbidden by Allah.
It said since Saeed was having contacts with such persons, he has been outcast from Islam.
Mufti Mohammed Salim Noori, who is also the spokesperson of the seminary said, “Saeed is not a Muslim. It is forbidden to keep any form of ties with him, including greet, meet, have food with him and reading his namaz-e-janaza (prayer read during burial services) after his death.” Recently, Saeed asked Pakistan Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif to send troops to Kashmir to “obey” the pending order of Pakistan founder MA Jinnah.