Lucknow, October 22: Darul-Uloom Deoband on Sunday issued a fatwa against a group of Muslim women for performing aarti of Lord Ram at an event on Diwali in Varanasi. It said the women cannot be ‘Muslim Ulema’ for worshipping multiple gods.Also Read - Bangladeshi Cleric Issues Fatwa Against Facebook’s ‘Haha’ Emoji, Calls it ‘Totally Haram’ For Muslims

The organisers of the event, Muslim Mahila Foundation and Vishal Bharat Sansthan, had claimed the event was intended towards enhancing communal harmony. The diktat comes a day after the Islamic school prohibited Muslim women from posting their images on social media. Also Read - COVID Vaccine Can be Taken During Ramzan, Doesn't Affect Roza: 'Fatwa' by Islamic Seminary

Clarifying its stance, Islamic scholars said worshipping multiple gods is against the basic tenets of Islam. “Islam is a monotheistic religion and there is no room for worshipping plural gods and goddesses. So any Muslim man or woman who worships any other god is not allowed in Islam. And those women have definitely done something wrong that they should repent by all means,” Mufti Mohammad Arshad Farooqui, chairman of the online fatwa department was quoted by The Times of India as saying. Also Read - Fatwa on Chinese Goods, Muslim Clerics Urge Community to Stand With Indian Army-Government

However, the organisers claimed the Ram remains ancestor for both communities. Nazneen Ansari, founder president of Muslim Mahila Foundation (MMF), said, “Shri Ram is our ancestor. We can change our name and religion, but how we can change our ancestor? Singing in praise of Lord Ram not only bridges the gap between Hindus and Muslims, but also reflects the generosity of Islam.”