LIBYAPROSPECT – Al-Baida
The Interim Government affiliated with House of Representatives (HoR), said that Dar Al-Ifta didn’t talk about the Libyans Tamazight, adding that the fatwa describes the imams of Ibadi madhab as kuffar.
The Interim Government stated that it is moderate and keens on the unity of the country and the social safety.
On its side, Dar Al-Ifta of the Interim Government said that its fatwa had described the ones who believe that Quran was created and think that the believers will see Allah on the Judgement day are kuffar. It clarified that the fatwa doesn’t include the Libyan Tamazight.
Observers said that there is an apparent contradiction in the statements of Interim Government and Dar Al-Ifta because, on one hand, it says that it doesn’t include Tamazight who follows Ibadi Madhab and on the other, it described the faith of Ibadi Madhab followers as Kafer faith.
Other observers said that there is a political reason behind this fatwa because the Salafist current is affiliated with Saudi Arabia while Sultanate of Oman is Ibadi, and there is a problem between Saudi Arabia and Oman as Oman didn’t boycott the State of Qatar like the UAE and Bahrain.
It is significant mentioning that 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.
The big denouncement comes from the way Dar Al-Ifta described Ibadi Doctrine by saying the followers of Ibadiya are Khawarej and part of Bateniya groups.
From its side, the National Commission for Human Rights in Libya (NCHRL) condemned the fatwa, in a statement on Saturday, and considered this fatwa as a dangerous escalation from Dar Al-Ifta in the eastern side of Libya.
The NCHRL denounced all the calls for takfir and the verbal violation from Dar Al-Ifta of the Interim Government.
The NCHRL called the committee of the religious affairs in the HoR to quickly intervening to this awful escalation that would affect the social and national life in Libya as it would threaten citizens’ lives.
In the same context, 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.
From its side, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, last week, that Dar Al-Ifta of the Interim Government “should repeal a discriminatory religious edict accusing Ibadi faith followers in Libya of deviance and adherence to an infidel doctrine.”
It is worth mentioning that Dar Al-Ifta said that the Ibadi madhab is a misguided and aberrant group. It added that they are Kharijites with secret beliefs and infidels without dignity. The term (Kharijites) is used to describe the Muslims who rebelled against the Caliphate in the early ages of Islam.