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10 May 2017

West Bengal Imam issues fatwa against Muslims supporting BJP/RSS

WB Imam's fatwa against Muslims supporting BJP/RSS

In a bizarre move, the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, Syed Md Nurur Rahman Barkati, issued a fatwa against Muslims who support RSS and BJP, warning they would be ostracized.

"If they try to put up a meeting or rally around this place, I will beat them up myself," he threatened.

BJP-RSS had bribed many Muslims to spark riots in Bengal, he alleged.

In context

WB Imam's fatwa against Muslims supporting BJP/RSS

Imam accuses RSS of targeting minorities, tells BJP to distance

"There will be jihad against the RSS if they try to make India into a Hindu nation," Barkati warned, accusing them of targeting minorities. But if BJP distances itself from the RSS, he would have no problem with Narendra Modi being PM.

The Imam's battle with PM Modi

Modi

The Imam's battle with PM Modi

The Imam is known for challenging authority. Two days ago, he said he will keep using red beacons despite the ban. "Even if PM Modi himself comes to me and asks me not to use (it), I will not oblige," he said.

After demonetization, he issued a fatwa against Modi, with a Rs. 25,000L to "cut off PM Narendra Modi's beard, shave his head…"

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Targets

Taslima Nasreen, Tarek Fatah among other targets of Imam

Among his other fatwas, there have been three against Taslima Nasreen, where he accused her of being a "Jewish spy". On a television debate, he warned author Tarek Fatah his "throat will be slit".

He also slammed WB BJP president Dilip Ghosh for "filthy" comments against CM Mamata Banerjee, and called for him to be "pelted with stones and then kicked out of Bengal".

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