Fatwa on mobile phone ringtones in India

News article, posted 03.24.2010, from India, in:
Urdu News Word Press
A panel of clerics from the Kanpur-based Madrasa Jamia Ashraf-ul-Madaris issued on Friday a fatwa over mobile phone etiquette. The panel has objected to the use of aayats (verses from the Holy Quran) as ringtones. The religious scholars argue that people who use aayats as ringtones and answer their cell phone midway through the aayat commit a sinful act.

The panel of clerics in Kanpur also said that taking a cell phone to the toilet as it rings is a sin because aayat cannot be heard in a toilet. They also condemned the habit that people have of keeping cell phones on vibration mode while attending prayer services.

A fatwa is a legal pronouncement in Islam, issued by a religious law specialist on a specific issue.