Sep 19, 2006

Fatwas 4 sale

Caught on tape: Indian TV station catches clerics selling fatwas. A possible conspiracy is alleged.
A TV channel had shown a few clerics — among them, Mufti Habibur Rehman of the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Imran of the Shahi Jama Masjid and Ahmed Nadir Al Qasmi of the Delhi-based Islamic Fiqh Academy — allegedly agreeing to issue fatwas on a variety of activities, including the use of credit cards and camera phones by Muslims, acting in films and watching TV, in return for money.


“It may be a conspiracy to malign the image of this world-famous seminary," said Marghoobur Rehman. If Habibur Rehman is found guilty, he will be dismissed. Otherwise, Marghoobur Rehman said, the seminary would initiate action against the channel.

Time for a Muslim Council of Trent?

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