Srinagar, Jan 4: The fatwa issued by Islamic seminary Darl-ul-Uloom Deoband asking Muslims to avoid families that raise ‘haram’ (illegitimate) money earned from a banking job and instead look for a “pious” family while considering marriage proposals could snowball into a major controversy.
An expert while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “The ripple effects of the fatwa issued by Darl-ul-Uloom-Deoband would be felt directly in Kashmir as many people in the Valley take these Fatwas very seriously.”
He said, “In Kashmir banking jobs are the jobs of choice. People think its equivalent to a government job and at present hundreds of Kashmiri youth are employed in banks.”
An analyst said, “In a place like Kashmir where there are no job avenues in absence of the private sector, banking sector has provided succor to many families. People yearn to work in banks.”
He said, “The fatwa issued by the Dar-ul-Uloom may not have many takers in Kashmir but it can make people think twice whether they should opt for a banking job or not.”
A Kashmir watcher said, “There are many countries in middle east where banks are flourishing and these financial institutions have employed thousands of people. But till date no such fatwa has been issued in these countries.”
He said, “It remains to be seen how Kashmir responds to this fatwa. Usually people in Kashmir follow the fatwas issued by the local clerics and they don’t go by the decrees issued by the religious seminaries in other states.”
It’s in place to mention here that the Darl-ul-Uloom-Deoband issued the decree on a query from a person in which he had stated that he had a few proposals for marriage from families where the father earned money from a banking job. “Is it preferable to marry in such families?” he had sought to know from the fatwa section of Darul Uloom (Darul Ifta),” the person had enquired.
In its reply, the seminary’s fatwa said, “Marrying in such a family is avoidable and not preferable. Those who are nourished with illegitimate wealth usually they are not good in respect to instinct and morals. Hence, it should be avoided. One should find out a match in some pious family.”
A religious scholar wishing not to be named said, “The people who work in banks are simple employees and they are not the owners. They get paid for their hard work and nothing else. The seminary should clarify in which category do the wages earned by the bank employees fall. Rather than out rightly declaring them as untouchables.”