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Senior clerics at Indian Islamic seminary issue fatwa against Hajj farewell parties


CHENNAI, India (RNS) — A leading Islamic seminary in northern India has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against pompous farewell parties for Muslims making the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Darul Uloom seminary in Deoband said the practice of big community dinners and lunches on such occasions was against Islamic law. The Nov. 2 fatwa, issued by two senior clerics of the Sunni seminary, asked Muslims to keep their Hajj pilgrimage a simple and low-key affair.

Darul Uloom is among the influential seminaries held in esteem by India’s Sunni Muslims, who generally abide by its rulings. Shia Muslims, however, are not likely to follow the fatwa.