Muslim cleric issues fatwa against ‘un-Islamic’ New Year celebration

In what could be described as a bizarre incident, a Muslim cleric in India has issued a fatwa over celebrating New Year on January 1. Maulana Mufti Tariq Quasmi, a senior cleric at the Madarsa Jamia Hussainia of Deoband, Asia’s biggest seminary based in Saharanpur city of India, has asked the Muslim community in the country to abstain from New Year celebrations citing those as “un-Islamic”.