AISPLB Issues Fatwa Against Cow Slaughter

The board felt that cow slaughter often caused communal tensions in the country. However, it sought a clarification from Ayatollah Sheikh Basheer Hussain Najafi, one of the five Grand Ayatollahs in Iraq before issuing the fatwa

Lucknow:  While media is agog with that attack of alleged cow vigilantes on five people transporting cows and one of them passing away on Wednesday, the All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) issued a fatwa against cow slaughter. The Board in its executive meeting held on Wednesday, in its resolutions sought a ban on triple talq, resolution of long standing dispute of Ram Janmabhoomi – Ayodhya out of court and issued a fatwa.

The board felt that cow slaughter often caused communal tensions in the country. However, it sought a clarification from Ayatollah Sheikh Basheer Hussain Najafi, one of the five Grand Ayatollahs in Iraq before issuing the fatwa against cow slaughter. The Ayatollahs are entitled to issue a fatwa for the community and Najafi is one the top Shia cleric.

These resolutions were passed just a day after the head of Ajmer Dargah and Sunni spiritual leader disapproved the practice of triple talaq and termed that it was against Holy Quran.  He also sought a law banning the slaughter of all the bovine species in the country and also claimed that he had given up beef along with his family.

By seeking an out of court settlement for Ram Janmabhoomi – Ayodhya issue, the AISPLB apparently supported the stand of Chief Justice of India, who suggested the same last month. However, many of the parties involved in the dispute refused the offer declaring that the earlier negotiations utterly failed.

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