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Fatwa issued against Patanjali products containing cow urine

Bareilly: Religoius leaders of Dargah Ala Hazrat in Bareilly have issued a Fatwa against the use of Patanjali medicines and other products which allegedly contain cow urine. The Fatwa was issued in response to a question by a local resident, Muhammad Bakhtyar Khan who had asked them (in writing) if the use of Patanjali products, allegedly containing cow urine, were permitted in Islam. Naseer Qureshi, media coordinator of Jamat Raza-e Mustafa, a religious organistaion working under the Dargah, said in reply that this question was discussed among the clerics and they came to the conclusion that it is anti-Islamic to use such products. Mufti Muhammad Kausar Ali and Mufti Hakeem Muzaffar Husain issued this Fatwa, a copy of which was sent to Bakhtyar Khan. They said that the use of any and every product containing urine of any animal was haram as per Islamic Shariya, adding that this rule applied to all such products.

It may be recalled that earlier also a similar Fatwa was issued against Patanjali products by a Muslim group in Tamil Nadu last year, following which Patanjali Ayurveda’s Mg Director Balakrishna had issued a clarification, saying that only 5 out of about 700 products manufactured by the company (Patanjali) had cow urine.

It may however be stated that Mr. Balakrishna’s clarification appears to be doubtful because it was also reported in the papers at that time that in accordance with an agreement between Uttrakhand government and Patanjali, several thousand litres of cow urine, or may be several lakh litres of cow urine were procured by Patanjali during a certain period. The question arises if such a large quantity of cow urine was used only for 5 products? News have appeared many times in different news papers that not only in medical products but in many other non-medicinal products like tooth pastes, tooth powders, cosmetic products like lip sticks, lotions, creams etc cow urine is used secretly.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2016 on page no. 14

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