Darul-Uloom Deoband Fatwa against life insurance
Lucknow, Aug 31 (UNI) After raking up several controversies in the recent past over the religious decree, a new fatwa issued by Darul-Uloom Deoband asking Muslims not to go for life insurance has vertically divided the community.
The majority Sunnis have justified the fatwa calling life insurance as 'Gair munaasib' but not categorically calling it 'haram' as suggested by the Islamic seminary.
Shias on the other hand have rejected the fatwa calling it as 'non issue' for their community, 'uncalled for' and not binding on them. All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) vice-chairman Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, a Shia Muslim cleric, said insurance is not 'haraam', (illegal) as there is no fatwa against it.
Even Hafeez Nomani, a devout Deobandi Sunni Muslim and son of late Maulana Nomani, co-founder of the AIMPLB, has condemned the fatwa. ''It (fatwa) is unwarranted and a most regressive step by the ulemas who seem to have no understanding of the rapid changes taking place around the globe,'' he said.
''Ulemas have a wont to retreat after being offensive on filmsy issues, it is the same story from pasting of photograph on Haj application form to the life insurance, '' he added.
''The Deobandi ulemas must understand that we are a secular polity and they should not issue any eddict which cannot be binding on citizen unless duly legislated by the elected government in our democratic country,'' he said addng the recent fatwa is nothing but an veiled attack on the secular order of India which only underlines the obstinate attitude of the clergy.
He said earlier Ulemas opened front against the government opposing pasting of the photograph on the application for the haj pilgrimage submitted to the Haj committee, but later they agreed.
The Ulemas soon found another issue against the government over the pasting of the photograph of women in Haj application form. Much hue and cry was made but later they accepted this also and now they have invented the issue of life insurance, he added.
AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani said the issue of insurance including the life insurance is still under the consideration of the ulemas and consensual decision is yet to be reached.
The Naib Imam of Aishbagh Idgah Maulana Khalid Rashid said insurance is 'Gair munaasib' but did not categorically termed it as haram'. Another sunni cleric Fazulur Rahman of Tilewali masjid, said whatever described by the Shariat as illegal would remain illegal.
Darul Uloom Deoband, one of north India's biggest Muslim seminaries, has issued a fatwa or edict asking Muslims not to go for life insurance as the interest earned through insurance policies is illegal according to the Shariat.
The Sunni seminary Darul Uloom said Muslims should not go for life insurance policies as 'life' is given by Allah and to insure it or assure it is a crime in the eyes God.
The fatwa issued by Darul Ifta, the supreme body of Deoband authorised to issue religious decrees, said interest earned on bank deposits and insurance policies are illegal as per the Shariat. ''A true Muslims should never ever go for life insurance policies as this is against the wishes of Allah,'' Maulana Shahid Rehan, an office-bearer of Deoband said from Deoband.
The fatwa was issued early this month following a query from one Saleem Chisti, a resident of Lucknow.
The fatwa, issued on August 7, said, Insurance is not permissible because it is a sort of gambling. Moreover, it also involves interest money which is considered illegal under the Shariat.
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