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Indian clerics frown on “un-Islamic ringtones”

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 21, 2006 11:24 PM

Uh oh. I hope they don’t start tossing cellphones onto their perpetually burning bonfire:

LUCKNOW, India – Muslim clerics at a leading seminary in India have asked people to refrain from using verses from the Quran as ringtones for their mobile phones, saying the practice was un-Islamic.

Quran verses “are not meant for entertainment,” said Mohammed Asumin Qazmi, an official at the Dar-ul Uloom seminary in the northern Indian town of Deoband. “Anyone who persists in using these should be ostracized from society.”

Ringtones with Quran verses or calls to prayers are popular among Muslims in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state.

Mufti Badru-Hasan, a leading cleric in Uttar Pradesh capital of Lucknow, said he supported a ban on such ringtones.

“One should hear the complete verse of the Quran with a pious mind and in silence. If it is used as a ringtone, a person is bound to switch on the mobile, thus truncating the verse halfway,” he said. “This is an un-Islamic act.”

I needn’t remind you of what happens to those who insult Islam.

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P.S. So, Koran ringtones are out, but where’s the clerics’ uproar over using cell phones to commit terrorism in the name of Islam?

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