Facebook for Women is un-islamic: Indian Maulanas’ Fatwa

Facebook is a work of Satan, and staunch Muslims should shun it. Some Maulanas have dictated a moral code of conduct for young Muslim girls : social networking sites such as Facebook are sinful.

Maulanas in Lucknow issued a fatwa against women using social networking sites like Facebook but advocates say it has many benefits and the Maulanas are out of touch with society.

Lucknow clerics Abdul Irfan Naimul Firangni and Maulana Saif Abbas Naqvi recently issued a fatwa commanding young Muslim girls not to use Facebook and urging them to stay away from social networking sites, as they are un-Islamic.

“Hijab means to hide face, and on Facebook women upload their photos and this is not permitted in Islam,” Naqvi told Khabar South Asia. He added that it is still not permitted even if girls don’t post photos. “It is still wastage of time and the work of Satan, which is prohibited in Islam.”

While some see the Facebook fatwa as a publicity stunt, many Muslim women feel the fatwa is unsubstantiated, unjustified and gender biased. Some women also say clergy “meddles” into issues related to woman.ALTAF_IN_FACEBOOK

“I know Islam better than a Mullah (Maulana) who has confined himself within the boundaries of a self-imposed Islamic code of conduct,” Delhi University postgraduate student Sabiha Aslam told the media.

“Can I ask the Maulana why the last Messenger of Allah emphasised on the need of education and knowledge for becoming a good Muslim?

“The answer is simple: because education opens the heart and mind to innumerable creations; hence, we are able to recognise God,” she said. “Some people have the habit of creating controversies in our society to diminish the balance and stability among genders.”

Maulana Mufti Tawab ur Rehman Madni, Head of Jamia Islamia Reyazul Uloom at Delhi’s Jama Masjid, said the fatwa goes against the fundamentals of the Islamic doctrine.

“Every invention is an addition to knowledge. The new innovations, trends and technologies are gifts from God and we should use them to seek knowledge. It depends upon us whether we use Facebook and other social networks for good or misuse them,” Maulana Madni was quoted as saying.. “Internet and social networking sites constitute among the essential tools available in present day world to propagate Islam.”

Just “Confusion mongers”

Young Muslim women scholars believe clergy only issues such fatwas to create problems for Muslims in order to maintain clergy’s position of leadership in the community.

“They are confusion mongers, if they think Facebook is un-Islamic, what about using internet, mobile and watching TV?” Noorin Khan, assistant professor at the University of Jamia Millia Islamia’s Centre for European and Latin American Studies, said.

“I don’t think that they have any knowledge about social networking sites. There are hundreds and thousands of organisations, including women associations, that propagate Islam through social networking,” she said. “Clergy must refrain from disturbing the atmosphere by issuing such decrees.”

“I believe that Muslim women are mature and qualified enough to read and understand Qur’an and Hadith. This is really unfortunate that clergy still treat them as backward and formulate laws for them,” former Delhi Bar Council Chairwoman Rana Parveen Siddiqui declared.

“There are almost no takers to such fatwas. Instead such acts bring disrepute to Maulanas and serve no good to Islam,” Siddiqui said. “They need to rethink the way they issue fatwas without any logic and reason and destabilise the environment in society.”

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3 Responses to Facebook for Women is un-islamic: Indian Maulanas’ Fatwa

  1. Nandini

    August 28, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Facebook and other social networking sites are the means of comunication..
    Communication does not discriminate between Islamic or Indians…females or males….adult or teenagers.
    Islam does not ban the fair sex from communicating.. whether by face to face communication or by social netwroking communication..
    And if the islamic girls do not post their photos and created fake Id s to communicate with people then how will the old narrow-minded people wil come to know?? How long can they keep an eye on them!!
    CEMS 1st//
    PWC.. 2013-16

  2. Priyamvada Sinha

    August 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    It depends on the people whether they use or misuse facebook and other social networking sites. Issuing somethng like this is also totally gender biased.
    Priyamvada sinha
    cems1, pwc

  3. boy shakira

    August 24, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    It’s all a nakab… the Lucknow maulanas are like from the middle ages… depressing!

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