AAP unmoved even as Muslim clerics issue fatwa against party caps featuring broom symbol
Varanasi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) cap, a popular symbol associated with rising popularity of fledgling outfit, has landed in centre of a row with clerics in Varanasi issuing fatwa denouncing the cap as ‘Un-Islamic’ for it carries an image of broom.
“After much discussion, it has been decided the AAP cap is anti-Islamic and Muslims must not wear it,” Mufti board secretary Maulana Haseen Ahmad Habibi was quoted as saying on Friday.
“A broom is used for cleaning garbage. So, sporting its image on the head is anti-Islamic. In Islam, we bow our head only before the Almighty. We cannot allow Muslims to wear such a cap,” he added.
The cleric’s remarks found resonance among other Islamic leaders as well with Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Badshah Bagh agreeing with him.
Another cleric, Khalid Rashid, leader of Firangi Mahl, however said that use of AAP caps was only prohibited during prayer as it carried image of broom.
AAP however took the decree otherwise as national council member Vaibhav Maheshwari was quoted while noting that fatwa hints at surging popularity of the party.
“Fatwa is issued when someone asks a question… We never asked people to offer prayers sporting AAP caps. It’s their personal choice,” he was quoted as saying.
The All Indian Muslim Personnel Law Board (AIMPLB) also rejected charges of other clerics and said that unless the cap carries image of living object on it, there is nothing wrong in sporting it during prayers.
The All Indian Muslim Personnel Law Board also rejected charges of other clerics and said that unless the cap carries image of living object on it, there is nothing wrong in sporting it during prayers.