Alcohol-based perfumes, tattoos and women receptionists are un-Islamic, says Deoband fatwa

LUCKNOW: Two fatwas issued by leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh in last two days have left many in Muslim community perplexed in the state. While a fatwa as described working of women as receptionists against sharia law, another termed tattoo and use of perfume with alcohol content as un-Islamic.

A Pakistan-based company had asked whether it could appoint a Muslim woman as a receptionist. In reply, the seminary said that Muslim women working in offices as receptionist is un-Islamic because Muslim women are not allowed to appear before men without veil. Mufti Zulfikar Ali, Muslim cleric and president of UP Imamorganisation, also said that the Muslim women can work in institutions after wearing the veil but the work of a receptionist is to constantly interact with people, which should not be practised.

In the second case a youth in his query had asked that is tattoo valid in shaira law?. He said that one of his friends who has a tattoo on his arm and it would cost him a huge sum if he goes for a surgery to remove it. In such a condition what should be done, he said in his query. The seminary, in its reply, said that prayers of those, who have tattoo on their bodies or have sprayed perfume with alcohol in it is not valid. Another Islamic seminary, Bareli Markaz has backed the Deoband’s decree saying that the tattoo on body is against the tenets of Islam.

Earlier, Darul Uloom Deoband had issued a fatwa against manufacturing and selling of firecrackers. It stated that manufacturing and selling of firecrackers is against Sharia law and bursting of crackers is misuse of money, hence it should be avoided. Another fatwa recently had described donation of blood and body parts was against the tenets of Islam.