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Hackles have been raised in some quarters supposedly due to her attire not being in line with her Muslim background. According to a Hindustan Times report [1] published September 8, 2005, an unnamed religious scholar had issued a fatwa, saying that her attire is contrary to what is permitted by Islam. The Guardian later identified [2] the scholar as Haseeb-ul-hasan Siddiqui, a leading cleric with the Sunni Ulema Board. The All-India Shia Muslim Personal Law Board quickly responded with a statement that called the fatwa "unnecessary and uncalled for". According to the September 10 Hindustan Times report [3], Board Chairman Mirza Mohammad Athar asserted that "Sania had committed no sin by wearing her choice of dresses on field," and had asked "clerics not to interfere in matters pertaining to sports."

When off the court Mirza wears the traditional Salwar Kameez, a nose ring and several ear rings complete her wardrobe. However, when playing tennis, her dress is typical of contemporary women tennis players.

Personalised text on her t-shirts have also sometimes attracted attention. For her post-match conference after the 2nd round of 2005 US Open her shirt asked "I'm Cute?". Following her loss to Sharapova in the 4th round she had changed this to "Don't Get in My Way". At the post-match conference for her 2005 Wimbledon Championships 2nd round defeat to Svetlana Kuznetsova the writing said: "Well-behaved women rarely make history". She has responded with exasperation to questions about her use of her clothing as a billboard.

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