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Islamic experts in SMS mode

india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 00:14 IST

SHORT MESSAGE Service (SMS) is fast catching the fancy of Lucknow’s Islamic experts, who are nowadays busy solving the problems of the people through this instant mode of communication.

Maulana Khalid Rasheed of Islamic Centre of India, Lucknow, and member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, says, “Since a year and a half, we are getting a large number of queries through SMSes. People from around the world SMS us to clarify their doubts regarding divorce and marriage, the diet they should take during Ramzan and also about the possible names of their new born.

We get almost 60-70 SMSes in a month. During Ramzan, this can go up to 15-20 in a day.”

The reason for such a rise in the number of SMS can safely be attributed to the fact that they are quicker and people can send an SMS anytime of the day.

Apart from this it also saves time. “The trend started year before last when we started the Ramzan helpline, where people could call us or SMS us and ask questions related to Ramzan. Since then people have found this method more convenient. Indians who stay in Arabic countries find Arabic difficult and are unable to consult the scholars there, so they forward their queries to us. Even we find it suitable as when people ask the questions through SMS, they don’t go on and on . However, at times the questions are so useless that we prefer not to answer them,” says Maulana Khalid Rasheed.

An SMS that Maulana Rasheed received the other day related to the names that a couple wanted to give to their daughter. It asked what the names ‘Saara’, ‘Ifrah’ and ‘Injila’ meant and which one was best suited.