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Over 1,000 clerics back fatwa against IS

Misbahi’s 1,100 page fatwa tries to demolish the claims of IS that it is working on the principles of Islamic law.

More than 1,000 Muslim clerics across the country have ratified and backed Mumbai-based cleric Mufti Manzar Hasan Khan Ashrafi Misbahi’s fatwa against Islamic State (IS), branding the terror group as un-Islamic.

Misbahi’s 1,100 page fatwa tries to demolish the claims of IS that it is working on the principles of Islamic law.

“IS has claimed that it has set up an Islamic Caliphate. However, for that you need to adhere to Islamic principles. My fatwa speaks about how the IS is un-Islamic and demolishes its claims that it is adhering to the principles of our religion,” said Misbahi.

Misbahi currently runs a madrasa called Darool Uloom Ali Hussaini in Saki Naka in suburban Mumbai. He is known to travel across the country and speak about terrorism being perpetrated in the name of religion. The fatwa came after a petition was submitted by a community leader, Abdur Rahman Anjaria, seeking opinion on whether the actions of IS were Islamic.

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Misbahi then took more than four months to draft the fatwa. It was then circulated among various clerics across India seeking their approval. It has been approved by groups such as the Ulema Council, Jama Masjid Trust, Trustees of the Ajmer Dargah among other Muslim groups.

“Our religion deems even those who mistreat animals as criminals. When religion teaches us to avoid mistreatment of animals you have an entity which beheads, defiles and maims people with impunity. How can that entity call itself Islamic,” said Misbahi. “Most of the people have signed on the fatwa saying that they agree with the contents. So far over 1,000 people have signed. There are still some people who have told me that they will need time to go through the contents of the fatwa and vet it but I am willing to wait.”

First published on: 09-09-2015 at 06:44:15 am
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