AIMPLB criticizes Darul Uloom Deaband’s fatwa against marrying bankers

Lucknow: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Friday criticized the prominent Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband’s new fatwa directing Muslims not to marry into families earning money through banking and related jobs drawing income from interests.

“A large number of Muslims are working in the banking sector. Issuing a Fatwa asking Muslims not marry people employed in the banking sector is wrong. People who issued this Fatwa must review this because it will lead to further rift and confusion in the Muslim society. There is no need to issue a fatwa on such things”, AIMPLB executive president Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali told ANI.


The edict was issued after a person asked Darul Ifta if he should marry his daughter to a man whose father earned money from a banking job.

In its reply, the seminary’s fatwa said, “Marrying in such a family is avoidable and not preferable. Those who are nourished with ‘haram’ (illegitimate) wealth are not good with respect to instinct and morals. Hence, it should be avoided. One should find a match in a pious family.”

Many Islamic scholars and clerics have upheld the fatwa, contending that the religious body’s stand was in line with the Islamic law.

“Darul Uloom Deoband is correct in its decision. One should avoid having any social bonds with such a person because everything including his lifestyle would be connected with ‘haraam’, and then it would be harmful to the person religiously, socially as well as individually”, Majlis Ittehad-e-Millat General Secretary Athar Osmani told ANI.


Riba is mentioned and condemned in several different verses in the Qur’an. Riba can be roughly translated as “usury”, or unjust, exploitative gains made in trade or business under Islamic law. It is also mentioned in many hadiths. While Muslims agree that riba is prohibited, not all agree on what Riba is?

It is often used as an Islamic term for interest charged on loans, and this belief is the basis of a $2 trillion Islamic banking industry.