Lucknow: With controversy mounting over
author Salman Rushdie`s proposed visit to India, another
Muslim sect Darul Uloom Farangimahal has issued a "fatwa" here
justifying protests against the visit under the ambit of law.
"All Muslims, without flouting the law should oppose
through every possible means, the visit of the person who used
insulting words against the prophet so that he cannot set his
foot in this country where crores of Muslims live," Maulana
Khalid Rashid Farangimahal of the sect said.
He further said that India is a secular country and every
citizen had the right to raise his voice under the ambit of
The move comes close on the heels of opposition of the
visit by key Muslim religious organisations including the
Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband and the Barelvi sect.
Noting that the visit will hurt the sentiments of Muslim
community, Deoband had earlier sought cancellation of
Rushdie`s visa to stop him visiting the country.