Morocco: religious institution, led by king Mohammed VI issued Fatwa to kill apostates
A fatwa published this week by Morocco’s Higher Council of Religious Scholars (CSO) calling for the death penalty for Muslims who renounce their faith has sparked fierce controversy in the country.
The scholars, who represent official Islam in Morocco, said in their edict, published in Tuesday’s edition of Arabic-language daily Akhbar al-Youm, that Muslims who reject their faith “should be condemned to death.”
The fatwa, which has provoked strong reactions, dates back to April 2012 when a legal report was being prepared by the government, but it was not published at the time, according to local media.
The CSO is a government institution, led by the king Mohammed VI, in his capacity as Commander of the Faithful, is enshrined in the Constitution in Article 41 as “the only body empowered to impose religious consultations (fatwas). and counts among its members the ministry of Islamic affairs.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs declined to comment on the issue.
Sheikh Mohamed Fizazi, symbolic figure of the hardline Salafi, which has already expressed its intention to form a political party, rushed to thank the Council of Ulema for this fatwa which he said is an absolute truth and does not suffer every nuance.
The (CSO) latter has recently published a book which includes this Fatwa, explains that verses in Quran such as ( there is no compulsion in religion, as per the Koran (2:256) ) are not for the ones who were born as Muslims ( from Muslim parents ) but for none Muslims living in a Muslim country.
The Fatwa was based on the Hadiths of Sahih al-Bukhari, the most reliable collection: Bukhari 52:260 (the Prophet said, ‘If somebody [a Muslim] discards his religion, kill him’) and Bukhari 83:37 (By Allah, Allah’s Apostle never killed anyone except in one of the following three situations:  A person who killed somebody unjustly, was killed  a married person who committed illegal sexual intercourse and  a man who fought against Allah and His Apostle and deserted Islam and became an apostate) and Bukhari 84:57 (statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him’)and more.
Morocco’s state religion is Islam. Whilst Article 3 of the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, atheists and unbelievers are not recognized. Though apostasy is not a prosecutable offense in the Penal Code, “incitements in order to shake the faith of a Muslim” are. Apostates and atheists face harassment, threats or imprisonment if they speak out.
I consider this Fatwa as a direct invitation to commit murder and assassination, and may be an umbrella for the implementation of political assassinations, it’s enough today to say that someone is an apostate from Islam to justify killing him, and I’m surprised that it comes from a constitutional institution, While the Moroccan regime talks about the new constitution and the series of reforms and change in Morocco.