Pakistan: Maulvi Issues ‘Fatwa’ Against Building First Hindu Temple In Islamabad, Calls It ‘Un-Islamic’

Pakistan: Maulvi Issues ‘Fatwa’ Against Building First Hindu Temple In Islamabad, Calls It ‘Un-Islamic’Foundation being laid for the first Hindu temple in Islamabad. (Picture: @OrgSarifm)

Last week, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan approved Rs 10 lakh for construction of the first Hindu temple in capital city Islamabad. Now, a leading religious school in the country has issued a “fatwa” against the idea, calling it “un-Islamic”.

As per reports by media in Pakistan (here and here), the fatwa has come from Mufti Zia-ud-Din of the Lahore chapter of Jamia Ashrafia.

Pakistan: Maulvi Issues ‘Fatwa’ Against Building First Hindu Temple In Islamabad, Calls It ‘Un-Islamic’

The fatwa says that in Islamic nations, while repair of existing structure for non-Muslims is allowed, construction of new places of worship is not.

There are reportedly only 3,000 Hindus in Islamabad.

The report says that minority MP Lal Malhi has assured that the temple would be built despite the fatwa.