After fatwa, Bihar minister apologises for 'Jai Shri Ram' slogan
The fatwa had warned all Muslims to avoid having any terms with Khurshid until he apologises. Photograph: (ANI)
JD(U) MLA Khurshid went to Imarat-e-Sharia at Phulwari Sharif and apologised for raising the slogan of Jai Shri Ram, after a fatwa threatening to excommunicate the Bihar minister was issued by the top cleric of the Islamic seminary, The Times of India reported.
The mufti of Imarat-e-Sharia, Sohail Ahmed Qasmi had issued the fatwa against Khurshid Bihar's minority welfare minister Khurshid, aka Firoz Ahmed, on Sunday.
The fatwa was withdrawn after his apology.
Imarat-e-Sharia official Anis-Ur-Rahman told the TOI that Khurshid met Qasmi and apologised for hurting Muslim sentiments.
"Only after he apologised was he pardoned," Rahman said.
The fatwa had warned all Muslims to avoid having any terms with Khurshid until he apologises.
The fatwa also said that Khurshid's marriage would be considered invalid until his he apologises.
Khurshid, who was sworn-in as Bihar’s minority welfare minister on Saturday, had raised the Jai Shri Ram slogan on July 28 at the entrance of the Bihar assembly.
He reportedly said he would raise the slogan repeatedly if it resulted in the state’s development, soon after the JD(U)-BJP alliance.