9 September 2011

Dutch MP Tofik Dibi of the Green Left has announced the launch of an anti-fatwa awareness campaign designed to “free Muslims …to think independently and make their own choices”. Dibi made the plans for his campaign public in a letter published in the newspaper Volkskrant, in association with the 9/11 anniversary memorial coverage. Dibi’s letter, co-authored by Achmed Marcouch, Naima Azough, and Mohamed Ajouaou, declares itself ‘the last fatwa’, and calling for Muslims to reject “top down decrees issued by a handful of scholars”, which are “kidnapping …the Islamic faith.” His campaign is to be presented in English, Arabic and Dutch.

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