Thursday, October 30, 2003

Dot plea

Came across this while Blogger was experiencing “planned” but without prior notice outage. (You too? I though outages are only for us!)

Mufti Sadar ud Din Azurda was Judge during period of last Mughal King Bahadar Shah Zafar. War of Independence 1857 activists forced every religious leader to sign a decree declaring war as an obligation for Muslims. Any body refusing was put to death. Last of all the religious order was presented before Azurda for his signatures. Every one had written fatwa bil kher (order for good) and signed. Azurda also had to do it and he did it.

After victory in the War, British started punishing those who had been fighting or helping the freedom fighters (British called them mutineers). Azurda was also summoned in the court because he too had signed the decree favouring the War. The signatures on decree are yours,” asked the Judge. “Yes, but the words written on the decree should be scrutinized carefully,” Azurda requested. It was revealed that there was no dot on the words fatwa bil kher making then fatwa bil jabar (meaning order by force). Azurda was quitted on the plea.

Sometime it feels good to read things that are not on the Internet.

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