MUZAFFARNAGAR - India’s leading Islamic seminary, the Darul Uloom Deoband, has barred Muslim women from working as receptionists, calling the act unIslamic and against Shariah law, reported Press Trust of India (PTI) on Tuesday.

The Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa against the appointment of Muslim women as receptionists. The seminary issued the fatwa after a Pakistan-based company submitted a query on November 29 regarding the appointment of Muslim women as receptionists, said the PTI report.

Darul Uloom said that a Muslim woman working in offices as receptionist was unIslamic because Muslim women were not allowed to appear before men without wearing a veil, as ordained by Islam.

Muslim cleric and president of the UP Imam organisation, Mufti Zulfikar Ali, defended the fatwa and said that Muslim women could work in offices if they wore the veil. However, he added the post of receptionist required constant interactions with people, and thus should not be practised.