Kolkata: Bank employees’ associations came down heavily against the Islamist clerics who had recently issued a fatwa asking Muslims to shun marriage proposals coming from families of bankers or anyone with a job in banking.
Darul Uloom Deoband had earlier issued a fatwa asking Muslims to avoid families that raise ‘haram’ (illegitimate) money earned from banking jobs and instead look for a ‘pious’ families while considering marriage proposals.
Reacting to this, Abdul Sayeed Khan, Vice-President of Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) said, “Those who make such comments are far removed from reality. The problem with a severe lack of education and there are people who extort the poor Muslims with such declarations.”
Condemning the fatwa, Khan added, “I think they should concentrate more on other issues like education. Quran forbids its followers from taking interest money. But this comment made by the Darul Uloom Deoband is unfortunate.”
All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA), General Secretary, Rajen Nagar, said, “We don’t give importance to such statements but we strongly condemn it. I don’t want to make any comments on such unrealistic statements.”
All India Reserve Bank Employees Association (AIRBA), General Secretary, Samir Ghosh, said, “Islamic Banking believes in the principles of interest-free banking. But in this case, I have to first understand what were they trying to say.”
Islamic or Sharia banking is based on principles of no interest since interest-based banking is not permitted in Islam. Introduction of Sharia banking was examined by the Centre and RBI and it was decided that the matter would not be pursued any further.