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Islamic text calls for election boycott

Published on 31/05/2007

31 May 2007

BRUSSELS – A French-language document is circulating in Brussels and on the internet calling on Muslims to boycott the elections on 10 June because they are “illegal,” Le Soir reports.

The 12-page document is titled “Participer aux elections” (Taking part in the elections) and is being distributed among the Arab Muslim community in Brussels and online.

The document states that only Allah has the authority to make absolute laws. “Every Muslim who takes part in the elections is unfaithful,” the text reads.

The text is anonymous, but well written, Le Soir writes. The author makes reference to the Koran and various prophets and is based on a fatwa from Great Britain.

Le Soir reports that the document was drawn up in a Brussels mosque frequented by Salafis. Salafism is a movement within Islam which wants to return to how the faith was observed in the generations immediately following Mohammed.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news