A Muslim cleric Mufti Athar Kasmi from Darul Uloom of Uttar Pradesh’s Deoband on Tuesday said that Muslim women watching men’s soccer is against the tenets of Islam, reports ANI. The reports quoting the cleric said, “Football is played wearing shorts, so watching men playing with bare knees is forbidden for women, it is against religious belief.” It is noteworthy that Kasmi’s comments came after Saudi Arabia, an Islamic country, allowed women to watch matches in soccer stadiums earlier this month.
According to a Times of India report, the cleric also lashed out at the men who allow their wives to watch football even on television. The report said quoting Kasmi, “Do you have no shame? Do you not fear God? You let her watch these kinds of things.” The report quoting Kasmi said, “Why do women need to watch these football matches? What they will gain by looking at footballer’s thighs. Their attention will be on that only and they will even miss the scores.”
According to a PTI report on January 4, Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa saying, wearing designer and slim fit burqas attract prying eyes and are against Islam. It said burqas in various styles, colours and designs were not allowed in Islam. “In the name of hijab (veil), designer and slim fit burqa is haram and strictly prohibited in Islam,” the fatwa said in response to a query from a person who had asked the muftis if wearing designer burqas, which are sometimes body-hugging and draw male gazes, was permitted in Islam.