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Notables delegation in Jado supporting Ibadi followers

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Jado

A delegation of notables from the cities of the western side of Libya visited the city of Jado in Nafusa mountain, on Friday, to pray Juma prayer with the local inhabitants, expressing their support to Ibadi Madhab followers against the fatwa of Dar Al-Ifta of the Interim Government.

The delegation stressed that they condemn the religious sectarian strife; they also denounced the fatwa that might cause more division in Libya.

The delegation that was called for by the Notables’ Council of Wersheffana included representatives from several cities such as Tripoli, Al-Rujban, Al-Zintan, Gherian, Al-Zawia, and Sabratha, as well as the tribes of Al-Sean, Nawael, and al-Orban.

One of the participants stated that the delegation expressed their solidarity to the Tamazight in Libya who follow the Ibadi Madhab.

From his side, the head of the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, denounced, on Friday, the fatwa that considered the followers of Ibadi Madhab as Kuffar. Al-Sarraj said that this kind of fatwa that comes from the speech of extremism and hatred.

Al-Sarraj refused the offensive and targeting the religious madhabs like this fatwa of takfir.

Al-Sarraj called the ones who are involved in repeating the expressions of takfir to return to wisdom and leave the language that comes from ignorance.

He added that the Islamic Fiqh is deeper understanding because it calls for love, brotherhood, and tolerance.

It is worth mentioning that Dar Al-Ifta of the Interim Government of the House of Representatives (HoR) in the eastern side of Libya issued a fatwa on the Ibadi Doctrine saying that Ibadi Madhab is a deviated group because they have unbelief thoughts so praying behind them is not allowed in the Sonny doctrine.

The reality is that the Ibadi Madhab is followed by many Muslims in Libya, especially amongst Tamazight areas on the western side in Libya.

In the same context, many Libyans, including intellectuals, Sheikhs, Ibadi followers, and non-Ibadi doctrine followers denounced the fatwa that was issued by Interim Government Dar Al-Ifta and its members, who are Salafists and Wahhabi doctrine followers.

It is worth mentioning that the head of Dar Al-Ifta in Tripoli, Sheikh Sadeq Al-Gheriani, always said that there is no difference between Abadiya and Maliki doctrines in Libya. He called for stopping violation and takfir against each other in Libya.

Some observers linked between this fatwa and the war in Benghazi as the Salafist groups support the army of the HoR that led by General Khalifa Haftar.

The same observers added that it is not strange for that Dar Al-Ifta to issue such fatwa as they fight side by side with Haftar’s forces against the revolutionary Shura Council in Benghazi. The observers stated that there is no difference between the Salafist groups in Benghazi and the terrorist group of Daesh; they both kill under the name of Islam, kidnap, and abuse civilians.