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Quran ringtones are criticized

November 27, 2006


Muslim clerics at a leading seminary in India have asked people to refrain from using verses from the Quran as ringtones for their mobile phones, saying the practice was un-Islamic.

Quran verses "are not meant for entertainment," said Mohammed Asumin Qazmi, an official at the Dar-ul Uloom seminary in the northern Indian town of Deoband. "Anyone who persists in using these should be ostracized from society."

Ringtones with Quran verses or calls to prayers are popular among Muslims in Uttar Pradesh, India's largest state.

Many users consider the religious tunes a reminder of their faith.

"Whenever my phone rings, I hear these verses that stress the values of hard work and honesty, and I feel closer to my religion," bank manager Faiz Siddaqui said.


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