Leading Muslim clerics, scholars and intellectuals have welcomed the official stand taken by Islamic seminary at Deoband on ‘Love Jihad’. In a joint statement issued Saturday, three leading clerics and senior faculty members at the Department of Sunni Theology, Aligarh Muslim University, welcomed Deoband seminary’s stand and urged the media not to fall prey to the communal politics by exaggerating and sensationalising isolated cases of inter-religious marriages.
The seminary had, on Friday, said in a statement that if any individual Muslim youth tries to lure away and cheat any girl belonging to a different religion and attempts to convert her through dubious means, then such a marriage is illegitimate and illegal.
The seminary also alleged that the issue of so called ‘Love Jihad’ was being whipped up by some political groups for polarisation.
“The Deoband seminary’s diktat on the so called ‘Love Jihad’ should finally put to rest any doubts which some people may have regarding the religious validity of such criminal acts committed by individuals,” the joint statement issued by Mufti Zahid Ali Khan, Chairman, Department of Sunni Theology, Dr Mohd Saleem Qasmi and Dr Ahsanullah Fahad said.
The clerics have urged media to “be extra careful” before publicising incidents which are designed to divide society and weaken the country’s social fabric. In a separate statement, secretary of Millat Bedari Muhim Committee Jasim Mohammad said that the Deoband seminary’s stand should be welcomed by all responsible sections of society.
The bogey of Love Jihad should now be put to rest because it is causing irreparable damage to country’s unity and communal amity, it said.
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