Srinagar: A gathering of prominent Islamic scholars passed a resolution on Sunday, which calls upon Kashmiri Muslims to slaughter only bovine animals this Eid-ul-Azha, in defiance of the high court order asking police to implement the Dogra-era ban on slaughter of bovines.
The gathering organised by the J&K Majlis Tahafuz Khatam-e-Nabuwwat said Muslims should unite against “anti-Muslim conspiracies”.
Among those who seconded the resolution was Maulana Arshad Madani, a top scholar from Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband, the world famous Islamic seminary in Uttar Pradesh state of India.
Mufti Mohammad Ishaq Nazki of Dar-ul-Uloom Rahimeyyah, Bandipora, said, “Authorities should not interfere into the matters declared personal by All India Muslim Personnel Law Board. We should not accept government diktat and should slaughter bovines on Eid.”
“Kashmir is not Gujarat where the government can impose its diktats against Muslims. Bovine slaughter ban can be implemented in Gujarat and Rajasthan but not in Kashmir. We will defy this ban Insha Allah,” he said.
In his address, Sheikh-ul-Hadith Mufti Muzaffar Hussain Qasmi, clarified Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband’s stand on cow slaughter was “misquoted” by the media.
“There is no fatwa against cow slaughter. We simply want that wherever Muslims are in a minority they should take into consideration their safety. Deoband hasn’t issued any statement this year on cow slaughter,” Qasmi said.
Some Indian media outlets had reported that Deoband has asked Muslims not to slaughter cows on Eid.
Mufti Abdur Raheem Al-Hasni castigated the beef ban order saying, “Though the beef ban imposed in the state is unfortunate, it has reinforced our faith and we all should slaughter cows, bulls on the Eid.”