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Religion 2014-01-10

Mauritanians condemn call to kill author

By Jemal Oumar in Nouakchott for Magharebia – 10/01/2014

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A young journalist in Mauritania faces a possible death sentence after being convicted of apostasy for an article criticising the prophet Mohammed, AFP reported Monday (January 6th).

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed was arrested January 2nd in Nouadhibou and "was convicted of lack of respect for the prophet", a judicial source told AFP.

In Nouadhibou, a businessman even offered up money to anyone willing to kill Ould Mohamed.

In describing the January 3rd incident, Nouadhibou-based journalist Mostafa el-Sayed told Magharebia that "businessman and preacher Abi Ould Ali, a resident of Nouadhibou, said during a protest against the offending article that he was willing to pay 4,000 euros to anyone who killed the young author, unless he announced his repentance within three days."

Yet many who denounced the article were angered by the businessman's incitement to murder, saying it pushed society towards terrorism.

"Incitement to murder is a bad pattern and a negative way of thinking," artist Khaled Moulay Idriss said.

Sahara Media journalist Cheikh Mohammed Horma agreed, noting: "The call made by the businessman is a clear incitement to kill and he is legally responsible for what the young man may suffer."

Punishment falls under the responsibility of the judiciary and the state, he added.

"Those who incite to murder want to terrorise us," young researcher Salihy Ould Ab said. They are just a group of salafists and Islamists who want us to erase our minds and refrain from thinking and criticism."

"They are inciting people to kill a young man just because he wrote an analytical article in which he referred to some of the positions of the Prophet Mohammed. This means that Mauritania is on the verge of entering an era of terrorism," Ould Ab wrote on his Facebook page.

Boone Ould Doff, a famous cartoonist, told Magharebia that the threat was "the language of the mafia".

"I am totally against it," he continued. "The sinner or criminal should have been brought to justice so that justice takes its course. That is where the final decision or final judgment should be made. I understand that dealing with sacred issues can prompt reactions from the faithful, those might be right or wrong."

Meanwhile, Mauritanian Muslim thinker Mohamed Ould Mokhtar Changuiti said that there was no evidence of executing apostates in Islam. He considered the journalist's matter a personal one.

Mohamed Mahdi Ould Mohamed Bashir, a researcher in traditional sciences and Islamic law, also noted that thinkers such as Ibrahim Nakha'i, Sheikh Mahmoud Shaltout, Dr Hassan al-Turabi, Dr Taha Jabir al-Alwani and Imam al-Baji considered apostasy a sin between a person and God.

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    Anon 2014-3-17

    How can you people be so backward? Demanding death for freedom of expression, it's a shame. Put your 'hurt feelings' aside, you're not babies. Learn to live up to criticism.

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    mohamed abdelaziz 2014-2-8

    Salam. Every individual has the right to criticise anything except the dear prophet Mohamed, peace and blessings of God be upon him. He must rot in prison. Thank you!

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    محمد الامين ولد اللعالم 2014-2-8

    The poet was right when he said: When God wants to spread a hidden virtue, He makes an envier talk about it. The least that can be said about this apostate is that he is an envier. Therefore, he shouldn't be considered one of the writers of the Mauritanian Islamic republic. He is one of the "liars" of secularism who lied to themselves, to God and His messenger.

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    YAKOUBFALL 2014-2-8

    From when was the opinion of two or three people who aren't experts in this field reflecting the opinion of Mauritanians? Here is the rule about the one who insults the prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, the scholars agree that anyone who insults the prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, is an infidel apostate who deserves execution. This unanimity was reiterated by many scholars such as Imam Ishaq Ibn Rahaouih, Ibn Moundhiri, Cadi Ayad Khattabi and others. Assarem Al Masloul 13-16/2.

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    عبد الله لد عبد الرحمن 2014-2-7

    I didn't hear a single Mauritanian condemning the infliction of capital punishment against this criminal. Then, who told you he is a reporter and what is the media outlet he belongs to?

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    azizwenni ould bekay 2014-2-6

    Hello dear readers and partners of our Grand Arab Maghreb– I just wanted to pose a few important questions about the domain of Islam. Who is Mohammed Abdel Wahab? Why did the English choose him to make a new Sharia law over the mentality of Ibn Taymiya regarding the single El Houdoud book and to chase out the four Sunni greats—Sidi Malik, Sidi Ahmed Abou Hanbal, Sidi El Hanafi, and Sidi Echafii? People who are saying that they are Wahabi Muslims have never shot a bullet at Israel! Why are they just killing poor Muslims in poor countries, but not the Gulf Countries, for example? Why do they say that they're jihadists? This is wrong, very wrong! Personally, I completely hate them. They are complete jerks.

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    azizwenni ould bekay 2014-2-6

    I want this dog who stirs it up in Nouadhibou, I want the Mauritanian authorities to kill him. With regard to the Mauritanian citizens, they practice pure Islam, and we respect our great Prophet Mohamed (PBUH) and we don't want anyone or anything above our prophet, the guide and leader of our religion, Islam. -Salam alaikoum

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    azizwenni ould bekay 2014-2-6

    I salute you, dear citizens of the Arab Maghreb. I want to tell you that our hope is to in a union of our Maghreb countries. What still shocks me is that we respect each other so much—quite far from what the Westerners want.

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    أحمد حسين 2014-1-31

    Since when were idle people speaking and making fatwas? Ibn Teimiya said that the insulter isn't asked to repent. The same was said by Mohamed al-Hassan Ouled Deddou. These people are seeking fame like "Shiaa of Taghrijit".

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    sidi m 2014-1-31

    Hi! God's curse on anyone who offends Mohamed, peace and blessings of God be upon him.

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    sidi AL quçairy 2014-1-30

    No to touching the true religion or the prophet of mercy! But Takfirirsts don't wish the good for anyone by demanding the death of this young man who is said to be an apostate, God forbids! The Sharia of God should be implemented without speculations.

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    maystro 2014-1-30

    The Muslims must be respected.

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    Aibiya Larabasse 2014-1-27

    God's curse on anyone who says any evil about the messenger of God, peace and blessings of God be upon him. The prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, fulfilled his trust, advised the Umma, fought for the cause of God true Jihad until he died.

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    Chrif Medbouye 2014-1-26

    In my opinion, you chose people who don't deserve to speak or analyse. They are hypocrites, God forbids!

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    الشيخ عمر ساليفو جلو 2014-1-25

    If this is really proven, he must be arraigned before justice which will decide his fate as it is responsible in my opinion for such issues. However, the government must promulgate deterring and firm laws against anyone who dare challenge this religion. Scholars must play their role because most of them are absent.

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    فيصل عبدالله سيدابراهيم 2014-1-23

    Mauritanians only want the implementation of Sharia.

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    فيصل عبدالله سيدابراهيم 2014-1-23

    The sanction is decided by Sharia. We can't intervene in that with our opinion whether it is killing or whipping...

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    taleb ahmed 2014-1-18

    I think that in this world, everyone who wants to be well regarded by the West—from Seiman all the way to this young person—should criticise Islam, and everyone who has an opposing view to this philosophy is a terrorist. As for this gentleman who paid for someone to kill this poor young person, that's not right because the law should decide on her fate; otherwise, it'd be chaos, and Islam is against chaos.

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    Chakhsiye Sy 2014-1-18

    We know only the good about Mohamed, peace and blessings of God be upon him, so misery to anyone who opposes him!

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    ahmed haoumy 2014-1-15

    We must understand causes, intentions of the issue then tackle causes which push people with narrow minds to challenge the most honourable creature of God.

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    sami 2014-1-15

    This article is about the man who offended the messenger. It is true. On Sunday, when they were questioning him, he couldn't speak.

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    محمد بلاه 2014-1-15

    The article is not neutral and not objective. It presents a viewpoint from one side. It wants to show that apostasy issue is very normal. It is trying cunningly and viciously to strengthen its position with opinions and ideas of some intellectuals. Personally, I consider it very bad.

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    محمد محمود اليعقوبي 2014-1-15

    Quite the opposite, Mauritanians want him to be executed.

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    محمد محمود اليعقوبي 2014-1-15

    Those who demand the execution and punishment of the offending young man today aren't a group of Islamists and salafists. They are angry public groups whose sanctities and feelings are offended regardless of our agreement or disagreement with their logic. Those who advocate concern for criticism, thinking and intellectual openness forgot that the article in its shape and content has nothing to do with the methodical criticism, logical thinking and open mind. Judging a great personality and fascinating genius such as the prophet Mohamed, peace and blessings of God be upon him, should take into consideration time, circumstances, context, cover all related details not be split up, amputated, delete and magnify according to its whim which isn't innocent and then reach very quickly resonating void conclusions and results which don't prevent ignorance or guide from ignorance.

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    المصطفى الطالب (Libya) 2014-1-14

    Anyone who provokes the feelings of Muslims by offending their sanctities should receive his deterring punishment.

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    kahtri 2014-1-14

    Anyone who wants to criticize the call of some angry people who actually have a reason to be angry, must criticize this hideous act first!

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    helime issa 2014-1-13

    I say that what you quoted as opinion of Tunisians about this issue is lies and calumnies about this society. Mauritania today is standing in an unprecedented unity to condemn what happened and demand that the punishment ordered by God be implemented on this poor man as God is the best judge. As for those you mentioned, they represent only their poor souls unfortunately.

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    Ali Mouhamed 2014-1-13

    Laxity with those who profane sanctities is in itself a crime. This article is a distortion of the truth. Mauritanians condemn this act and any act offending Islamic and non-Islamic sanctities. They are waiting impatiently for the execution of the criminal.

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    كافي شامخ من موريتانيا 2014-1-13

    I am a blogger from Mauritania. I think that the apostate is asked to repent before executing him. If he repents, he is not killed. However, some scholars here in Mauritania say that for this type of apostasy the apostate isn't asked to repent.

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    minna mohemed vall 2014-1-13

    I say to journalists who claim that the businessman is legally accountable that terrorism isn't calling for a killing. If killing is an implementation of a punishment by God, then this is not considered terrorism. Let me tell them if the businessman is legally accountable, they are also accountable before God.

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    الحافظ أتشاق 2014-1-13

    This is not just apostasy, this is an offence to the best of all creatures who was described by God the almighty "And indeed, you are of a great moral character." It is an offence to all Muslims in all parts of the world. Scholars agree that he can be killed.

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      Orhan Jalil 2014-1-21

      Which scholars do agree he can be killed? Muslim scholars? Judgment must be without any belief or religion or prejudice!

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    bab hacn 2014-1-12

    My dear brothers, this cursed shouldn't be considered an author but a dog! No one should sympathize with him in any way!

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    Oum El Vadli Ewva 2014-1-12

    So why then has Abu Bakr Essedik fought apostates?

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    لا حبيبي محمد(ص) 2014-1-11

    Except my dear Mohamed, peace and blessings of God be upon him, except our prophet! No one should philosophise about anything related to the messenger of God. He is the honest, sincere and just, peace and blessings of God be upon him.

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      Orhan Jalil 2014-1-21

      If nobody had philosophised about anything related to the messenger of God, nobody would have known him.

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    محمد الحسن 2014-1-11

    My brothers, this doesn't concern Mauritanians alone but every Muslim is concerned. From experience, every Muslim is called today a terrorist.

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    محمد الحسن 2014-1-11

    My brothers, first of all, this is not only apostasy, but it is an insult to the messenger, peace and blessings of God be upon him. This one isn't asked to repent, put is killed as punishment. Secondly, you shouldn't publish such statements.

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      Orhan Jalil 2014-1-21

      Insult to the messenger could only be felt by him. No one can feel another persons hurt as the persons himself or herself. As the messenger is not in life any more, there can not be such a concept as an insult to him.

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    شرىف احمد 2014-1-11

    May God no revive anyone who is killed by sharia! Anyone who insults has sentenced himself to death!

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    الحاج ابراهيم 2014-1-11

    But the apostate can be killed if he doesn't repent after three days. I say here this is the second event violating the religion of people. May God reward you with good on behalf of Muslims Abi Ouled Sidi Ali.

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    اغريزة احمد اعمر 2014-1-11

    Your freedom of expression stops at my freedom. Sacred things are red lines and religious scholars will decide about them not the government, politics or foreign pressures.

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      Orhan Jalil 2014-1-21

      And your freedom of expression stops at his freedom respectively. You can not tell him what to think and what not. You cross his red line when tell him what to tell or think. If nobody had told you what to think, you would have not known anything about your religion today.

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      Orhan Jalil 2014-1-21

      Judgment must not have any religion! Religion is one-sided belief. What you think may not be same what somebody else do. What you believe may not be same as somebody else do. He did not stop anybody's freedom of expression. In contrary, his freedom of expression has been stopped.

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    abdallahi 2014-1-11

    This article doesn't reflect the truth. It is the people without exception who have demanded killing the apostate. As for the opinions of these liberals, dogs of the West, they don't concern us in any way.

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    محمد حبيب الله 2014-1-11

    These intellectuals didn't read the cure.

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    idriss tata 2014-1-11

    Mohamed the prophet is higher than to be profaned by the scratches of these microbes! They are like the ones who are trying to remove dust from the moon, they won't reach it and their dust will return to their despicable heads and this is the worst fate!

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