Udaipur Killing: Barelvi Muslims' fatwa, Beheading is crime

Barelli: The Barelvi sect from Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly issued a fatwa, a non-binding legal opinion in Islam, against the beheading of the tailor, Kanhaiya Lal, by two locals who were said to be influenced by radical Barelvi Islam preachers of Pakistan-based Dawat-e-Islami.

Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi, the national secretary-general of Barelvi Ulema, said Aala Hazrat has ruled that if a person kills someone under an Islamic regime “without the permission of the emperor, then such a person would be a criminal in the eyes of the Sharia” and would be punished severely.

 He further stated that under non-Islamic governments, such killings would be anyway deemed illegitimate according to the law of the land and the person would put his life in danger by committing such crime. Razvi stressed that the slogans calling for the beheading of those who insult the Prophet were first given by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, a far-right Islamic extremist political party in the neighbouring country, to fulfil their political ambition. “Muslims should not take the law into their own hands, complain to the government, it is the government's job to punish,” Razvi added.

The killers of Kanhaiya Lal were heard raising the slogan "Gustakhi e Nabi ki Ek Hi Saza, Sar Tan se Juda Sar Tan se Juda," (there is only punishment for insult to the Prophet, beheading) in a video in which the duo were boasting about the murder.

After several people started linking Islam preaching and beheading Barelvi  Muslims issued this fatwa issued against the killers of Kanhaiya Lal The fatwa cited the teachings of 19th-century Islamic scholar Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi, commonly known as Aala Hazrat.

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