Sting Op shows clerics issuing fatwas for money

A TV channel on Sunday aired purported footage of Muslim clerics in the National Capital and UP issuing fatwas for a payment, trigerring condemnation from community leaders and protests in Meerut.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2006 01:00 IST
PTI
PTI
None

A TV channel on Sunday aired purported footage of Muslim clerics in the National Capital and UP issuing fatwas for a payment, trigerring condemnation from community leaders and protests in Meerut.

The clerics allegedly issued fatwas on a variety of subjects, including the use of credit cards and camera phones by Muslims, acting in films, and watching television, said the report on a TV channel that carried out a sting operation along with Cobrapost in Delhi and Meerut.One of the clerics, Ahmed Nadir Al Qasmi, an official of Delhi-based Islamic Fiqh Academy, was shown allegedly accepting Rs 5,000 for issuing a fatwa.

The footage also purportedly showed Maulana Imran, a cleric from Meerut, allegedly demanding Rs 50,000 for issuing five fatwas against the wearing of jeans by girls in Muslim-run institutes and the teaching of English in madarsas.
In Meerut, students of a madarsa staged a protest against the clerics, saying the incident had "hurt" the community.

First Published: Sep 18, 2006 01:00 IST