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A Call for More Religious Tolerance in Mauritania

Written by Abdoulaye Bah · Translated by Rakotomalala On 6 February 2014 @ 9:38 am | No Comments

In Citizen Media, Freedom of Speech, French, Governance, Human Rights, Law, Mauritania, Quick Reads, Religion, Sub-Saharan Africa

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, a 28 year old blacksmith in Nouadhibou (a town 465 km north of Nouakchott, Mauritania), was charged with  apostasy by the penal court for questionning on online forum some of the decisions of the Prophet Muhammad regarding Djihad. Following the charges, Professor Mustapha Ely [1], author of a dozen books and an international consultant, came to the defense of the blacksmith on the blog kassataya [2] [fr]:

Jusqu’où ira-t-on pour brandir l’Islam en toute occasion et détruire des vies. Sommes-nous devenus moins clément que le prophète Mohamed lui-même ? Pourquoi cet acharnement contre un individu qui veut dénoncer sa vile condition sociale ?
Une société qui entretient des castes et considère une partie de ses enfants comme des sous-hommes, a-t-elle d’ailleurs le droit de s’en offusquer ? Et si cela était ne devrait-elle pas prendre exemple sur son Prophète pour pardonner et conseiller pour remettre celui qui faute dans le droit chemin ?

How far do are we willing to go to wield Islam on any occasions and hence destroy lives of the common men. Have we become less tolerant than Prophet Muhammad himself? Why all this rage against an individual who just wants to denounce his harsh social condition ?
Can a society that maintains the cast system and considers some of its children as sub-human even take offense at such words? And if this society were indeed rightful offended, should it not follow the example of the Prophet and forgive the man, and guide him in order to not stray anymore ?


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[1] Mustapha Ely: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moustapha_Ould_Ahmed_Ely

[2] came to the defense of the blacksmith on the blog kassataya: http://www.kassataya.com/chroniques/12519-le-saint-prophete-le-forgeron-humilie-et-les-bergers-inconscients

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