Muzaffarnagar (U.P.): Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has held as un-Islamic women working in offices in proximity with men and decreed that acceptance of her earnings by a family was against the Sharia. The Sharia law prohibits proximity of women and men at the workplace, said a recent fatwa (diktat) issued by a bench of clerics headed by Chief Mufti Habib-ur-Rehman.

Clerics at the largest Sunni Muslim seminary also held that the Sharia was against acceptance by a family of earnings by women, according to Darul Uloom sources. The other members of the bench were Mufti Fakhrul Islam, Mufti Zainul Islam and Mufti Wakar Ali.

The fatwa was in response to a query by a woman, Kausar, whether the income of a Muslim woman for a family was justified. The clerics ruled that Muslim women working in an institution, government or private, with men is against the Sharia law. - PTI