Lucknow: After its fatwa that working in
banks is un-Islamic, the Darul Uloom Deoband has now declared
that opting for an insurance policy too went against the
tenets of Islam.
The "insurance policy is unlawful as it is based on
interest and gambling," claimed the fatwa issued by the
country`s largest Islamic seminary.
The edict issued by Darul Ifta department of Darul
Uloom seminary was in response to a query whether it is lawful
to take an insurance policy in the light of the Sharia.
Millions of Muslims in India opt for insurance
policies which is a contract that pledges payment of an amount
to a person assured or his nominee against losses or perils.
"The clerics who issue fatwas should also explain the
context in which it is being issued to avoid any confusion,"
Maulana Afroz Mujtaba, a Delhi-based cleric, said.
Meanwhile, leading Islamic body Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind`s
spokesman Abdul Hameed Nomani said that fatwas should not be
generalised and they should be seen in the context in which
they have been issued.
"People must read between the lines and not generalise
the fatwas," Nomani said.
Earlier, Darul Uloom had declared the job of writing
and calculating interest based work in banks and insurance
companies as unlawful. The fatwa was in response to whether
Muslims can do job in bank or insurance company.
The recent fatwas have drawn flak from many clerics
and progressive leaders.
The seminary had also decreed that it was illegal
according to the Sharia or Islamic law for a woman to work and
for a family to accept a woman`s earnings.
However, clerics at the largest Sunni Muslim seminary
said the decree was based on the fact that the Sharia
prohibited proximity of men and women in the workplace.