A survey by the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) also says that a large majority of Muslims do not vote at the behest of a religious leader. Muslim citizens also make their own choices in the same way as others decide. Dr. Laxman Yadav, a teacher at Zakir Hussain College, Delhi, says that this also applies to Hindu voters. They decide at their discretion which way they should go as a caste or as an individual. However, the partial effect of the statements of some religious leaders has been seen in different elections.
loses its effect due to political fatwa
A religious person should stay away from politics. If they are labeled as a particular party, they lose their influence in a large section. It is not proper to call Rai a fatwa on a political issue of a Mufti or Maulana. This is political rhetoric. There is an old saying, young blood and religious passion boil away very quickly. Therefore, for the betterment of the country, religious people should not give their opinion on political issues.
Common people should also not give importance to his political rhetoric as a fatwa. Without being misled by anyone, the most suitable candidate or party should be chosen. This is also necessary because even after the statement of Mufti or Maulvi, if that party fails to achieve its position in a democracy, then the image of that Mufti or Maulvi also gets affected badly among the people. Shabu Mian, Manager, Khankahe Niazia, Bareilly
we have nothing to do with politics
Darul Uloom Deoband never comment on political matters. Neither did it in the past nor is doing it in the present. We are a pure educational institution and we have nothing to do with politics. Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, VC, Darul Uloom Deoband
people decide who to vote for
I am opposed to issuing election fatwas. It is the right of every person to vote for the candidate or party which he likes, at his discretion. Maulvi or Mufti does not have the right to tell people whom to vote for or whom not to vote for. A fatwa can be limited to religious issues only. Maulana Mahmood Madani, Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind
Fatwa means Explanation of Quran-Hadith
Fatwas are used only in religious and Shara’i cases. It is not proper to issue fatwas on political matters. If a Maulvi, Mufti or Alim speaks on politics, then it can only be said to be his personal opinion. The definition of fatwa is – to explain the Qur’an and Hadith, to conduct religious guidance in the Shari’a style. Its use in political matters is totally wrong. It should not be recognized in Muslim society. According to the 2011 census, the number of Muslims in UP is 19.26 percent of the total population. So anyway we should understand that for such a large population, political appeal in favor of one person may not prove to be effective. In about 144 seats in the state, the number of Muslim voters is more than the rest of the areas. That’s why political parties seem to be willing to make statements in their favor, but the religious leaders should stay away from it. Maulana Shahabuddin Barelvi, Dargah Ala Hazrat