Since the entire effort began in January, the madrasas for women have been at the forefront of signature collection.
In the preface for the fatwa, Maulana Farid Uddin Masuud wrote: “It is great that there are now a lot of ulamas and muftis among our women. There was arrangement to collect signatures of female ulamas and muftis in this fatwa. There was also a great response. In the current world, this is a significant new addition.”
Also talking to this correspondent on Thursday, Masud – who first proposed and organised the preparation of the fatwa – said: “It is a sign of hope and a great achievement for the nation that our female ulamas are aware and against militancy. This is a matter of pride for our future generation.”
Sources said all female madrasas, especially the ones in Sylhet division, enthusiastically participated in the signature collection process. The efforts were led by madrasas including Rampura National Women Madrasa, Durlabhpur Darul Hadis Women Madrasa Sylhet, and Barutkhana Darul Hadis Women Madrasa.
The signatories included Rampura National Women Madrasa’s Tanzila Afrin, Umme Hafsa, Amena, Kulsum Rima, Khadizatul Kubra, Tanzim Tasfia Dina, Anika Ahad, and Fatema Khatun among others.
From Narsingdi’s women’s madrasas, Mosammat Toiyaba, Umme Salma, Amina, Suraiya, Maksuda, Tasfia, Mushfiqa and many more signed the fatwa.