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Fatwa against BSP's 'Jai Bhim' slogan

Fatwa against BSP's 'Jai Bhim' slogan

Author: Agencies
Publication: Expressindia.com
Date: February 8, 2009
URL: http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Fatwa-against-BSPs-Jai-Bhim-slogan/420763/

A leading Islamic seminary has issued a decree declaring the BSP slogan of 'Jai Bhim' as un-Islamic and violative of Shariat.

In the fatwa, the Dar-ul Uloom said that the slogan, invoking Dalit leader Bhimrao Ambedkar, was "against the Islamic law as the religion does not permit such a prayer for anyone except Allah".

The fatwa was issued by chief Mufti Habibur Rehman, Mufti Mehmood and Mufti Zeulislam on Saturday on a query raised by a medico M Mehraj Khan, seminary sources said.

While the decree has sparked concern in the BSP, especially among its Muslim leaders, a cleric from the seminary Asad Madani who recently joined the party said that the slogan was not a "compulsion" for the party workers. Backing the fatwa, Madani said it was based on Shariat law.

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