Nazneen Ansari, whose singing in praise of Lord Rama invited “fatwa” from the cleric of Darul Uloom Deoband against her and her group of Muslim women, opened a direct front against the seminary demanding a ban on it and a high level probe into its funding and links for national interest.
Recently Darul Uloom Deoband issued a fatwa against the group of Muslim women led by Nazneen who performed “aarti” on Diwali eve in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Parliamentary constituency Kashi, pronouncing that they can no longer be considered “Muslim-Ulema” if they worship other gods, and those women have definitely done something wrong that they should repent by all means
“Islam does allow them (ulemas) to issue any order or impose their own views on anyone in religious matter, they can just give suggestions or advice in true light of Islam. They have no authority to “bedakhal” (oust) anyone from Islam. If they continue to issue fatwas on such matters we will be bound to lodge FIR against them, as they are violating the directive of the Supreme Court given in 2014,” said Nazneen, the founder president of Muslim Mahila Foundation and devout Muslim who has been publicly singing in praise of Lord Rama and other Hindu deities for last 11 years. The MMF will write to the PM and UP chief minister urging an investigation into the role of Darul Uloom Deoband, she said.
“I am proud to be a Muslim, and I follow the commands of Islam strictly. Being a true Muslim I cannot bow down before such baseless fatwas,” she said wondering why seminary took 11 years to issue fatwa against her. “After the terrorist blast at Sankat Mochan temple in 2006 we went there and prayed for peace and communal harmony. And since then we have been celebrating Hindu festivals and performing aarti of Hindu deities,” she said adding that it is their fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of India.