Fatwa issued: Hindering traffic flow un-Islamic!

Men-in-blue rope in Ulema for preaching; Mufti Nazir says

encroachments forbidden; Addresses transporters at Batamaloo yard

GK CITY CORRESPONDENT

Srinagar, May 17: In a bid to sensitize people of this Muslim dominated society, towards adherence to traffic regulation norms through religious preaching, the Traffic Police on Friday banked on prominent Islamic scholar, Mufti Nazir Ahmed Qasmi who said hindering traffic flow is un-Islamic.
 “It (traffic) is a social issue related to our Religion. There are two things: The wrong use of roads and what Islam says about encroachments,” Mufti Nazir, flanked by SP Traffic Srinagar Haseeb Ur Rehman said while addressing a gathering of transporters at the Batamaloo bus yard.
 “If our kids play cricket on the roads, if we erect tents on main roads, if drivers park their vehicles wrongly on main roads, if shopkeepers showcase goods on the roads, no such deed is correct on anybody’s part and Islam forbids such acts… We all are responsible for the mess, which puts people to inconvenience and so have to mend our ways,” Mufti Nazir said.
 He said: “Islam is a religion which makes it obligatory for its believers never to put people to inconvenience through such deeds.”
 Throwing light on Qur’an and Hadith, the scholar said: “Prophet Muhammad (SAW) stressed upon removal of obstructions from roads even when there was no vehicular traffic in that era. For that matter it is more obligatory on us that we keep the roads clear of any obstructions than ourselves become a cause of the mess and put others to inconvenience.”
 Mufti Nazir also said it was mandatory for the Muslims to obey laws aimed at public good even if they were manmade. “And we equally need to remain affirm on promise,” he said.
 The scholar from Darul Ul Uloom Rahemiya Bandipora said: “Abidance to traffic rules amounts to Ibadah  and so does driving if in accordance to the norms.”
 He also appealed the public transport drivers to refrain from driving at “snail’s pace”, a common complaint in Kashmir. “Our(driver community) can do Ibadah by making people reach their destinations but because of ill behavior passengers often end up in trouble.” “Imagine that some passenger has to reach office, someone has to reach educational institution and someone has to reach for medical treatment and a deliberate delay puts all to inconvenience,” he argued.
 However, the scholar minced no words to make the police realize its duties. “Don’t utilize the laws as your means of oppression but work with dedication and treat all with humility,” Mufti Nazir said amid applauds from the audience, who pledged to adhere to the directives for public good. The audience, hailed the Traffic Police endeavor.
 Earlier talking to Greater Kashmir Mufti Nazir said: “Islam has solution for humanity. If people start obeying the Religion, problems like that of traffic regulation will go within a day.” “All what is required is conviction to adhere in the Divine directions,” he said.
 The SP Traffic said the initiative to rope in the Islamic scholar for preaching was a part of the department’s strategy to make people understand the essence of abiding norms. “Basically we want that all should adhere to norms out of conviction,” Haseeb told reporters. 
 Pertinently since Deputy Inspector General of Police Jagjit Kumar assumed charge as the DIG Traffic Kashmir, the men-in-blue often look ahead for peoples participation in streamlining of traffic and public suggestions have often been welcomed.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 18 May 2013 00:00:00 IST




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