Devotees of Lord Shiva celebrated the festival of Maha Shivratri across India on February 13-14. On the occassion of Mahashivratri, Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi offered milk to “Shivling” at Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, and prayed for the welfare of the people of the country. He was at the historic Rathaunda Temple in Rampur.
However, Naqvi’s gesture irked a senior Muslim cleric from Deoband who asked him what answer he will give to Allah by doing so. Mohtamim Saalim Ashraf Kasmi of Darul Uloom Ashrafia dismissed this exercise by Naqvi and said that Hindus without reading the Namaz and Muslims without going to temples can live peacefully.
The cleric said the union minister holds something in his heart and do something else. He questioned whether with this attitude he will establish peace between the two communities.
He called it wrong to deviate from one’s religious teachings to adopt the practices of a different faith. He also asked Naqvi to seek repentance for his actions.
Ironically, this historic temple was constructed about 200 years ago on the directions of then Nawab – Hamid Ali Khan, when an idol of Lord Shiva was uncovered in a village field. Over the years, the popularity of the temple has grown manifold with lakhs of people attending the annual Rathaunda fair and the Jalabhishek of Lord Shiva, which is carried out in the Hindi month of Phagun.
Earlier, it was reported that Deoband ulemas (clerics) have issued a new fatwa against buying life insurance policy or getting property insured, calling them un-Islamic.
A bench of ulemas in response to a query said: “Life and death are in the hands of Allah and no insurance company can guarantee a man’s longevity. On the contrary, these insurance companies invest the premium paid by the purchaser of the policy and earn interest on the same, later distributing some of it among their clients. And any income earned through interest is haram (forbidden).”