PESHAWAR, 27 June: More than 50 clerics associated with Tanzeem Ittehad-e-Ummat Pakistan (TIUP) have jointly issued a decree that marriage with a transgender person was legal in accordance with the Sharia.

On the advice of chief of TIUP Muhammad Ziaul Haq Naqshbandi, Mufti Muhammad Imran Hanafi Qadri issued the decree after getting authenticated from the board of more than 50 clerics.

The decree said that a transgender person having  signs of being a male may marry a transgender with signs of being a female and vice versa. Similarly normal men and women may also marry a transgender, the decree read.  However, it ruled that a transgender having  signs of both genders or intersex may not marry anyone.

It also declared that transgender people  should not be deprived of family inheritance and that parents who drive transgender children out of their homes deserved the wrath of God.

The decree urged the government to take actions against such parents.

The fatwa further declared that humiliating, insulting or teasing transgender people was sinful act. They should be buried and thier funeral rituals be performed like other normal Mulsim men and women, it stated

The decree also asked the transgender people to refrain from doing sinful acts adding that Sharia laws were equally applicable to all Muslims including men, women and transgender people.