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Fatwas out on political iftars - The Telegraph

Rasheed Kidwai ()
5 February 1997

Title : Fatwas out on political iftars
Author : Rasheed Kidwai
Publication : The Telegraph
Date : February 5, 1997

Three prominent imams in the city have issued fatwas to the Muslim
community against ,attending iftar parties hosted by politicians.

Mufti Mohammad Mukkaram, Mufti Razzak and Mufti Ata-ur Rahman have
termed these iftar parties anti-Islamic. They urged the minority
community to avoid breaking fast at such political gatherings.

Imam Abdullah Bukhari of the Jama Masjid also issued a similar
fatwa. Iftar parties are in full swing in the capital with
politicians vying for top honours. So far, the Prime Minister, Mr
H.D. Deve Gowda, the Vice-President, Mr K.R. Narayanan, the
Congress president, Mr Sitaram Kesri, the Bihar chief minister, Mr
Laloo Prasad Yadav, and Union ministers, Mr C.M. Ibrahim and Mr Ram
Vilas Paswan, have hosted iftar parties. Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav
will host a party on Thursday.

The imams have objected to these parties because they were a
"vulgar display" of material wealth and power. They also felt the
spirit behind holy month of Ramzan was compromised. Mufti Mukkaram,
of the Fatehpuri Mosque, said Roza and iftar were sacred occasions
which should not be used to display one's political or social
clout. The imams are also outraged over reports that alcohol was
served at an iftar party hosted by a prominent Janat Dal leader
recently. They said alcohol was considered haraam (prohibited) in
the Islam and had not place in an iftar party. The Muslim community
is also upset over reports of alcohol flowing freely in iftar

The leaders complained that iftar parties have been politicised
instead of presenting the "Islamic character" of the holy month.

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