India: Fatwa issued against b'day celebrations

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Uttar Pradesh, Nov 6: Darul Uloom Deoband, leading Islamic seminary has asked Muslims against celebrating birthdays, arguing that a fatwa in Islam did not permit such practice as it is a "tradition of western countries".

The fatwa department replying to a query of an AMU student said that Islam did not allow such celebrations as they were against the Shariat law.

The enquiry was made in response to a question on the celebrations of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, founder, Muslim University.

"Muslims should not follow the tradition of western culture of celebrating birthdays as it against the Shariat law," said Maulana Abul Kasim Naumani, Vice-Chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband.

He further said that Islamic seminary did celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed, the founder of Islam.

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