Deoband issues fatwa against birthday celebrations

Last Updated: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 16:17

Muzaffarnagar: Leading Islamic seminary Darul
Uloom Deoband has advised Muslims against celebrating
birthdays, contending in a fatwa that Islam does not permit
such a practice which is a "tradition of western countries".

Responding to a query of an AMU student, the fatwa
department of the country`s biggest Islamic seminary said that
Islam does not permit such celebrations as they are against
the Shariat law.

The query was made in reference to the birthday
celebration of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the founder of the Aligarh
Muslim University.

"Muslims should not follow the tradition of western
culture of celebrating birthdays as it against the Shariat
law," Vice-Chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Abul
Kasim Naumani said here today.

Naumani added that even the Islamic seminary does not
celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed, the
founder of the religion.

Meanwhile, Darul Uloom Deoband today appealed Muslims to
avoid cow slaughter on Id-Ul-Zuha as a mark of respect for the
feelings of Hindus.

Vice-Chancellor of the Darul Uloom, Maulana Abul Kasim
Naumani said, "as a mark of respect for the feelings of
Hindus, the seminary has asked Muslims in the country to avoid
cow slaughter on the occasion of Id-Ul-Zuha tomorrow."

He also asked Muslims to cooperate with the sanitary
department for the cleanliness drive during the festival.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 15:59

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