Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Deobandi Fatwa: Fat of Vermin can be Pure

بِسۡمِ اللّٰہِ الرَّحۡمٰنِ الرَّحِیۡمِ

In a previous post we talked about how Deobandis associate Qurban (animal sacrifice) with vermin. Moving forward on that theme take a look at how the Hakim-ul-Ummat of the Deobandis, Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi, issues a Fatwa that legitimizes “vermin sacrifice” implicitly:

اگر چوہا بلا ذبح اور کسی طریقہ سے مرجاوے تو اس کی چربی نجس رہے گی

“If a mouse was not slaughtered but died in another way then its fat remains impure”

Reference: Imdadul Fatawa; v. 1, p. 134

Implicit in this Fatwa is the notion that the fat of a mouse is pure if it was slaughtered according to the method of Islamic Dhabîha. Strangely enough, this means that theoretically at least Deobandis can catch mice and slaughter them according to the Islamic method by taking the name of Allah at the time of cutting the mouse’s throat with a sharp blade. Then, according to this Fatwa, the fat of the mouse will be considered pure and thereby edible!

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