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Fact-check: Did Darul Uloom Deoband slam TMC MP Nusrat Jahan for celebrating Durga Puja?

First-time parliamentarian, TMC’s Nusrat Jahan, recently celebrated Durga Puja with her husband Nikhil Jain in Kolkata. Soon after, news reports by mainstream media flashed headlines stating that a Darul Uloom Deoband cleric ‘Mufti Asad Qasmi’ attacked Jahan for participating in the celebrations of a Hindu festival.

The headline of an article in Firstpost read, “‘Nusrat Jahan defaming Islam’: Muslim cleric from Darul Uloom Deoband slams TMC MP for attending Durga Puja celebrations”. This was a syndicated PTI feed, same as the news reports published by many other news organisations – Moneycontrol, The Wire, Times of India, Free Press Journal, The Hindu, Outlook and News18.


Darul Uloom Deoband is one of the oldest Islamic universities in India. “The institution never makes personal statements on any individuals. If it does give opinions on an issue, it is always through a press note,” spokesperson of Darul Uloom Deoband, Ashraf Usmani, told Alt News.

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