New Delhi: Deoband-based Darul Uloom has issued a fatwa against Muslim women for applying nail polish and cutting nails. Calling the actions un-Islamic, the Uloom has said that instead of applying a nail polish, the women should use Mehendi on their nails for cosmetic purposes.
“Darul-Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa against Muslim women using nail polish because it is un-Islamic and illegal. Rather, women should use Mehendi on their nails,” Mufti Ishrar Gaura of Darul-Uloom Deoband was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
This is not the first time that Darul Uloom, Deoband has issued a controversial fatwa such as this. In July, the Islamic seminary had issued a fatwa against shaving and waxing, saying that these acts were against the Sharia law. Earlier, it had also asked Muslim families to consider pious families for marrying and even reportedly asked individuals to not do jobs in banks as it was un-Islamic.
It has also, in the past, said that posting photographs on social media platforms was banned in Islam and asked Muslims to not post images and selfies on social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Twitter or Facebook.
The place where Deobandi Islamic movement began in India, Darul Uloom Deoband, has a significant place in Islamic history, not only in India but even globally. According to the official website of Darul Uloom Deoband, the organisation works towards implementation and adherence to Islamic ideals and preachings of the religion. Believers of the philosophy that originated from the institution are referred to as Deobandis.