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Fatwa: Having woman’s name on ration card un-Islamic

A fatwa has been issued after National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 law authorised that fresh ration cards can be issued in the name of the eldest woman of a family. According to reports, Sunni Barelvi Markaz of Dargah Ala Hazrat has issued a fatwa telling followers to keep at bay from ration cards as "it depicts women as the head of families, and that is against Indian culture and Islamic law." "We have asked our followers to not apply for ration cards," said Mufti Mohammed Saleem Noori.

A fatwa has been issued after National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 law authorised that fresh ration cards can be issued in the name of the eldest woman of a family.

According to reports, Sunni Barelvi Markaz of Dargah Ala Hazrat has issued a fatwa telling followers to keep at bay from ration cards as “it depicts women as the head of families, and that is against Indian culture and Islamic law.”

“We have asked our followers to not apply for ration cards,” said Mufti Mohammed Saleem Noori.

The Sunni Barelvi Markaz feels offended by depiction of women as the head of families, according to TOI reports.

Citing the reason for the fatwa, Noori said, “In both Indian and Islamic culture, male is regarded as head of a family. The duty of male and female members is different. Women should concentrate on creating an environment of heaven in the house rather than wasting their energies in outside work, while it is the responsibility of male members to provide comfort to women from any work which is outside their houses.”

Noori furthered that some clerics will meet PM Narendra Modi to ask him for an amendment to the Act.