An Islamic seminary of Barelvi sect Thursday issued a fatwa (edict) against Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, saying the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief cannot be “considered Muslim” as he has “terrorist ideology” and has “brought infamy to Islam”.
It declared that following Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Toiba who carries a US $10 million bounty on his head, or considering him as Muslim was “illegal”.
The fatwa was issued by Mufti Mohammed Saleem Barelvi of Manzar-e-Islam Saudagaran, an institution associated with Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat of Bareilly.
It came in reply to a letter by one Mohd Moinuddin of Jaipur, who said that Saeed considered those writing against Allah and Prophet Muhammad as Muslims.
Besides, Saeed publicised anti-religious ideology and points of view and provoked people to create terror, Moinuddin said and asked whether such a person should be considered Muslim.
In his fatwa, Mufti Saleem said that having “any type of connection” with persons working against the dignity of Allah and the Prophet was “haraam (illegal)”. The fatwa stated that Saeed was a man with “terrorist ideology”, who with his acts has brought “infamy to Islam and Muslims across the world”.
“Therefore, it is compulsory for every Muslim not to follow him and keep away from his ideology,” it said.
Sharing the fatwa with The Indian Express, Hazrat Saleem Noori from Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat said that followers of Islam have been asked not to listen to such people or follow them.
The fatwa came close on the heels of Saeed asking Pakistan Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif to send troops to Kashmir to “obey” the pending order of Pakistan founder M A Jinnah.