Now, jeans, contraceptives figure in Darul fatwas
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 21:08
New Delhi: In a statement that might trigger a dress-code debate, leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has said that wearing jeans or other tight-fitting clothes is not appropriate as per religious beliefs.

In another controversial observation, it said a couple should first seek the opinion of a 'hakim' or Unani practitioner before resorting to use contraceptives if needed for medical reasons.

However, a Muslim social activist and a gynaecologist from the community felt that such fatwas are rarely followed by the people.

In a posting yesterday, the seminary said wearing 'skin-tight' dresses is "not lawful" and that clothes should be "loose and simple".

It gave its opinion on the issue when asked by a woman whether wearing "skin tight" trousers and jeans were allowed as per religious beliefs.

"It is not lawful," the seminary said in its response that is posted on the 'fatwa online' section of its website.

Also asked if it was permitted to wear loose pajamas or jeans with a frock that stretches below the knees, accompanied by a head scarf, the scholars again replied in the negative.

"Nobody follows them (fatwas) anyway," she said, adding such queries are many a time instigated by people who want to distract attentions from real issues confronting the society and the minority community.

Gynaecologist Rehana Jabeen felt that such a statement coming from a leading religious seminary could be harmful for women.

"Anybody can understand that the advice of a doctor is crucial, but if you go by this fatwa, it is the advice of the hakims that is to be adhered to, which is obviously not a very logical thing to do," she said.


First Published: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 21:08

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