Nazneen Ansari, founding president of Muslim Mahila Foundation, invited the wrath of Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband for worshiping Lord Ram on Diwali.
In a fatwa, Darul Uloom Deoband denounced Muslim women as non-Muslims for offering “aarti” to Lord Rama.
Mufti Mohammad Arshad Farouqui, chairman of the online fatwa department said that Islam is a “monotheistic religion and there is no room for worshipping plural gods and goddesses.”
However, Ansari got miffed over the fatwa and emphasized that Ulemas are not authorised to issue fatwas in Islam. She also mentioned that Ulemas cannot ‘bedakhal’ (oust) them from Islam for organising an event intended to enhance communal harmony.
She told Zee News:
“Lord Ram is our ancestor. We can change our name and religion, but how we can change our ancestor? Singing in praise of Lord Ram not only bridges the gap between Hindus and Muslims, but also reflects the generosity of Islam”.
She also mentioned to lodge an FIR for violating a 2014 Supreme Court directive, if such organisations continue to issue fatwa on such matters. In 2014, the SC had ruled that fatwas issued by sharia courts or clerics had no legal sanctity. The court had said that the practice of issuing fatwas is informal justice delivery system for bringing amicable settlement between the parties and it is for the persons concerned to accept, ignore or reject it. It had said that there is nothing wrong in issuing fatwas so long it does not infringe upon the rights of individuals guaranteed under law.
While calling herself a true Muslim, she said that she will not bow down before such fatwas.
Ansari has been singing in praise of Lord Ram for the past 11 years and wondered why the seminary took 11 years to issue a fatwa.
Ansari had sought construction of Ram temple in Ayodhyaas she believes it would strengthen the bond between Hindus and Muslims. Nazneen had also translated “Hanuman Chalisa” and “Ramcharitmanas” into Urdu.