Top Islamic scholars on Thursday said that making idols and sculptures of anything is forbidden according to Quran and Hadith. It is the government’s duty to demolish idols and statues, they added.
Top ulemas and muftis of the country stated it at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity. They arranged the press conference to issue a fatwa about idols and sculptures.
The Islamic scholars said making statues by the government now has turned a much-talked-about issue in the country.
“Talks are going on regarding the support and opposition of statues, and it has become a major issue in the country. Making statues and idols have created confusion in the mind of public.”
They further said, “It is a matter of sorrow that people are making remarks about the Islamic law on idols and statues. Giving such kind of remarks without any proper knowledge on Islamic law is not only irresponsible, but also a matter of great concern.”
Mufti Enamul Huque Kashemi announced the fatwa regarding idols and sculptures at the press conference.
He said, “Making both statues and idols of a human being or any other animal is forbidden in Islam. It is totally forbidden and a punishable sin even anyone build it without the intention of worship.”
Violating established Islamic law to legalise the ground of making statues is equal to breaching the laws of Quran and Hadith, Mufti Enamul Haque said.
If a ruler of a Muslim country does anything else violating the religious rules, it is not the duty of Muslim subjects to follow these rules, he said, adding that they should only follow Quran, Hadith and Islamic law.
Allam Nur Hussain Kashemi, Mufti Arshad Rahmani, Maulana Mahfujul Haque, Maulana Ataullah Hafejji and Maulana Nurul Islam, among others, were present at the press conference.
Ninety-five Islamic scholars signed the fatwa issued at the press conference.