No medicines if Nida Khan falls ill, people should stop eating with her, says fatwa
New Delhi: A cleric at an influential seminary in Uttar Pradesh (UP) on Tuesday issued a ‘fatwa’, or a ruling on a point of Islamic law, against a Muslim woman opposing several Islamic practices such as ‘nikah halala’ and ‘triple talaq.’
Imam of Bareilly’s Jama Masjid Khurshid Alam issued the fatwa against Nida Khan, a triple talaq (a practice permitting men to instantly divorce their wives) victim herself.
“No medicines will be provided if she falls ill. If she dies, no one is allowed to offer ‘namaz’ on her ‘janaza’ (funeral procession). She cannot be buried in the ‘kabristan’ (graveyard) after her death,” Alam said reading out the fatwa to the reporters.
He said those who helped or supported Khan would face similar punishment.
“Nobody should talk or greet her and people should stop eating with her. No Muslim is to maintain contact with her until she publicly apologises and retracts her anti-Islam stand,” the cleric added.
Asked what called for a fatwa against her, Alam said Khan invited such action for criticising the practices of Islam.
Last week, the cleric had announced that Khan along with Farhat Naqvi, sister of Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, would be ostracised from Islam.
Khan was given a ‘triple talaq’ divorce by her husband and now runs a non-profit organisation to help other women like her.
Reacting to the diktat against her, Khan told Gulf News that those issuing fatwa “should go to Pakistan”.
“India is a democratic country. No one can ostracise me. Only Allah can decide who is guilty,” she said.
Khan said she would continue her fight for justice and rights of Muslim women, adding that the cleric who issued fatwa against her did not have the “copyright over Islam.”
“I am not afraid of such threats. Islam prohibits both, committing oppression and tolerating the crime. Now thousands of Nidas have emerged and their voice cannot be suppressed,” she said.
Khan criticised the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, created under the British rule. She said it was not authorised to pass rulings on Muslims.
“We do not accept All India Muslim Personal Law Board but Islam, which came to us 1,400 years ago. We will continue fighting for our daughters. These people have always subjugated women but now the time has changed,” she said.
Khan was married to Usman Raza in 2015 but was divorced after a year of marriage. She contested the divorce in a civil court and won.
Since then, she has been fighting for the rights of Muslim women.
Later she became a campaigner against several Islamic practices, including ‘nikah halala’, in which a woman has to be married to someone for one night to remarry her husband after a divorce.