Lucknow, July 17: A cleric at an influential seminary in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh has put out a fatwa against a woman, who had allegedly taken up issues like triple talaq and Nikah Halala.
At a press conference, Shahar Imam Mufti Khurshid Alam said a fatwa has been issued against Nida Khan for speaking against Islam and its practices. No medicines, no prayers, no grave for Nida Khan, the cleric has ordered in his fatwa.
"Nida Khan (triple talaq victim) has been ostracized from Islam because she has been regularly speaking against the religion and its practices. A fatwa has been issued against her," ANI quoted Khurshid Alam, Imam of Bareilly Jama Masjid, as saying.
Khan was divorced by her husband, Sheeran Raza, through triple talaq in 2016. He is from the family of the head of Aala Hazrat. She had contested the divorce in the civil court.
Khan had alleged that after being assaulted by her husband in 2015 she had suffered a miscarriage. She has been highlighting the plight of triple talaq and nikah halala victims ever since, inviting the ire of clerics.
Reacting to the development, Khan said those issuing fatwa "should go to Pakistan".
"India is a democratic country. No one can ostracise me from Islam. Only Allah can decide who is guilty," she said.
As per the fatwa, similar action will be taken against those helping and supporting Khan, Alam said.
"No medicines will be provided if she falls ill. If she dies, no one is allowed to offer 'namaz' on her 'zanaja' (funeral procession). She cannot be buried in kabristan (graveyard) after her death," Mr Alam said quoting the fatwa.
Nida was married to Usman Raza Khan alias Anzu Miyan of Ala Hazrat family in 2015 but was given talaq in 2016.
Since then, she has been fighting for rights of Muslim women.