Uttar Pradesh : Darul Uloom Deoband, a widely respected seminary among the Muslim community in India has issued a Fatwa against women and men of the community before Namaz or prayer, wearing nail polish.
Mohammad Fazal from Muzzafarnagar sought a fatwa asking whether using nail polish and keeping long nails by men and women is allowed in Islam. Responding to this Darul Uloom Deoband said that Islam does not prohibit anyone from applying nail paint, especially to women as long as the nail paint does not contain any impure material
Fatwa against women for wearing nail paint during namaz
As per the decree, one can only apply nail paint before offering Namaz, but has to remove the nail paint completely before the Namaz because a layer of nail paint hinders the wuzu water (ritual purification) from washing the nails completely. Darul Uloom Deoband added that having nails is prohibited for both men and women. Talking about the fatwa. Qari Syed Ishaq Gaura, National President of Jamiat Dawatul Muslimeen and an Imam is Saharanpur, said: “Darul uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa against Muslim women using nail polish because it is un-islamic and illegal. Rather women should use mehendi on their nails.”
Fatwa against women
Farah Faiz, an advocate and national president of Rashtriyawadi Muslim Mahila Sangh, opposed the fatwa by the theological school, “They never issue a fatwa against men. Islam prohibits a number of things but still, that is carried out by people. They only issue the fatwa against women to do everything with their permission” she said.
“The Darul Uloom is even in Pakistan, but they do no issue such orders there. Only the one based in India come up with such fatwas all the time,” she added.
Now Nail Paint fatwa
Earlier this year, the seminary ordered that Muslim women cannot watch men playing football as it is against Islam for women to watch men playing with bare legs. “Football is playing wearing shorts, so watching men playing with bare knees is forbidden for women; it’s against religious belief,” senior cleric Mufti Athar Kasmi had said even as Sunni Muslim Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had followed women to watch matches in soccer stadiums.