A leading Muslim cleric in India has issued a decree barring females from attending soccer matches. Why? Mufti Athar Kasmi, head of a strict Indian seminary, has declared that the exposed knees of players is an unIslamic influence on females.
Kasmi is taking this position just as the Saudis have finally allowed females to watch matches.
Kasmi reminds many of the extremist views found in many religions. He and his followers want to prevent the dire moral risk of women seeing men “playing with bare knees.”
Like many extremists, Kasmi appears clueless in uttering nonsense like this: “Why do women need to watch these football matches? What they will gain by looking at footballer’s thighs? Their attention will be on that only and they will even miss the scores.”
Darul Uloom teaches Sunni Hanafi jurisprudence.