Ertuğrul pe fatwa lag gaya
So… fatwas have a controversial place in the Muslim world. While some are plain and simple which are based on reasonable religious concepts and therefore, everyone accepts them. Others…ummm, well they have been a source only of, umm laughter, shall we say. Like this fatwa which allowed the Muslims to drink as long they don’t get drunk. Pretty complicated. Or this other one that allowed Muslim men to get high before the deed if their wife is ugly.
So, this time Pakistan’s favorite TV show, Diriliş: Ertuğrul, has become the target of a fatwa
Diriliş: Ertuğrul has been getting record-breaking views in Pakistan since PTV decided to air the Turkish series dubbed in Urdu. The series hit a sweet spot with Pakistanis with its interpretation of Islamic history, fictional quests involving ancestors of the rules of the Ottoman Empire and Muslim values. But all these positive aspects are not still enough to qualify the series as ”halal’ for one fatwa. Wanna know why?
Somebody asked Jamia Uloom Islamia whether making, watching, or spending money on such a series as Diriliş: Ertuğrul is right or not, and along came a fatwa
The comprehensive question described the background of the serial and how it has enchanted its viewers with beautiful women and romance.
The reasoning given for the Diriliş: Ertuğrul fatwa is the fact that the medium used was wrong
Apparently you can publicize literature related to caliphate, but making a movie or drama out of it is totally forbidden. Matlab Haraam!
It is further explained according to the said fatwa that one can’t even recommend the drama to anyone
After much controversy over this Ertuğrul fatwa, another “Dar ul Uloom” which was rumored to have issued the fatwa just announced that it’s distancing itself from the narrative
The issued fatwa was circulating under the name of Dar ul Uloom Karachi. So, Jamia Darul-Uloom Karachi Korangi Industrial Area clarified that it’s not them who issued the fatwa. It is in fact, Jamia Uloom-e-Islamya in Banuri Town that has issued the fatwa.
So there you have it! If you were watching Diriliş: Ertuğrul because of your passionate faith, well, now that it’s become a problem for some scholars of the religion, you may want to reconsider your love for the show.
So are you disappointed with this fatwa? Would you still watch the series? Sound off in the comments below.
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