TDN World Desk: Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa saying alcohol-based sanitizers can be used to clean the mosque premises and for making ‘wudu’ – an Islamic way to attain cleanliness before prayer.

In response to a query put up by a resident of Karnataka the well-known Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has isued the fatwa.

“There is nothing wrong in using alcohol-based sanitizers in mosques. Even it can be sprayed on mosque’s walls and floors to sanitize the place of worship,” read the fatwa (edict) issued by Darul Uloom.

Mufti Asad Qasmi said,”There are two types of alcohol. One is used for making medicines or sanitizers while the other is used to make liquor which is not allowed in any manner”.

Few days back Barelvi shrine Dargah Aala Hazrat prohibited using alcohol based sanitizers in mosques.

“A mosque will become impure if alcohol-based sanitizer is used for cleaning the premises,”Nashtar Farooqi of Dargah Aala Hazrat was quoted by IANS as saying.