The website of a petitioner and Islamic scholar who dragged
Facebook, Google, Yahoo and others to court over allegedly
objectionable content has been defaced and left with a message
"Probably best not to piss the social networking sites off!"
Petitioner Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi told IANS that his website
www.fatwaonline.in has been defaced for the past one week. He now
plans to file a police complaint.
The message dated '2012-01-03' was posted on the news and updates
column of the website last week, said Qasmi.
Apart from the message on the home page, some of the sections of
the website were also not functioning properly, he said.
Linking the cyber attack to his petition against some social
networking sites, the scholar, who lives in Jamia Nagar area in
south Delhi, said the hackers apparently did not want him to
pursue the court case.
The website, containing more than 5,000 pages, was inaugurated by
former prime minister V.P. Singh May 21, 2006. It is run by
Islamic Peace Foundation of India, New Delhi, he said.
Qasmi said that through the website he was daily hearing 150 cases
related to Islamic law and issuing fatwa - an Islamic religious
ruling, a scholarly opinion on a matter of Islamic law.
He said he provided answers to netizens' questions related to
"Fatwaonline.in, besides guiding people on matters related to
religion and society is also a very forceful means of rapport
building between Islamic Peace Foundation of India and common
Muslims," he said.
The defacement of the website had affected large masses which were
facing problems in getting their disputes solved online, he said.
A Delhi court would next hear Qasmi's plea against Facebook,
Yahoo, Google and other websites on allegedly objectionable
content March 1.