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Key Islamic shrine issues ‘fatwa’ endorsing UP ordinance against forcible conversion

BAREILLY – A prominent Islamic shrine here in Bareilly has issued a religious decree banning religious conversion by force or allurement, endorsing the Uttar Pradesh’s recent ordinance aimed at curbing inter-faith marriages as an alleged ploy for conversion. Bareilly’s Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat, one of the most revered shrines for the Barelvi sect of Sunni Muslims, issued the fatwa terming the forcible and fraudulent conversion as against the tenet of Islam. In his decree, issued on Tuesday evening, the president of Markaz-e-Darul Ifta of Dargah-e-Ala Hazrat, Mufti Musibur Rahman Rajvi, said in the light of Quran and Shariat, religious conversion by force or allurement is illegal. Markaz-e-Darul Ifta president issued the decree in response to some posers by Rashtriya Sunni Ulema Council president Maulana Interzar Ahamad Kadri on the issue of interfaith marriages and entailing conversion.

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