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The conflict between Islamists and the Amazigh movement

By Elhoussaine Naaim

By Elhoussaine Naaim

Morocco World News

Rabat, March 23, 2013

Don’t Islamic people say that Alikhtilaf Rahma Difference is mercy, and Secular people say that to believe in differences is one of the principles of secularism? Tying this analogy to the rising conflicts between Islamists and the Amazigh Movement, I can’t help but ask this question: Who’s to blame for this friction?

Recently, I heard about escalating threats and insults that are very pervasive among differing ideological, political and cultural movements in Morocco. Among those movements: the Islamist and the Amazigh movement.

These two groups chose for themselves to be enemies due to their differences. Their differences led to a heated debate to the extent that we hear a constant exchange of back and forth feud between them.

In the Maghreb, there are many different parties and organizations such as the Salfists, known to be the hardliners of Islamists movements. Few weeks ago, a Libyan Islamic Organization, which called itself ‘Ssaraya Ttuwwar Libya” threatened to murder the president of the Amazigh world Congress Mr. Fathi Ben khalif. They accused him of breaking down the national unit of their country, as they accused him of being supported by Western countries against Libya. Ben Khalifa responded to them that as long as he was threatened, then he existed.

Any person who follows regularly electronic media and social networks, will come across many Amazigh reactions to those behaviors and threats that Ben Khalifa was exposed to, to the extent that most of Imazighen showed their strong disagreement and support for him.

After a short period of time, Mr Raissuni who is a Moroccan expert in some Islamic aspects “Fiqh Almaqasid” talked negatively about Amazigh movement in a lecture he gave in Qatar. Mr. Raissouni said that Amazigh movement is against Islam, and it will spring into a similar situation that Hitsu and Terssu fell in. In the form of questions to Mr. Raissouni, Assid stated a lot of terrorists attacks perpetrated by some so-called Islamist in the name of Aljihad.

 In Recent days, Mr. Alhamduchi Omar– who is also an Amazigh from northern Morocco- used his official Facebook page to insult Amazigh people, calling them barbarians.  Alhadduchi did so as a support to Hassan Al-Ktani, who said that he was threatened to be murdered by Imazighne as well. Hassan Al-Kttani, A Moroccan Salafists, has just published that he was threatened to be murdered by some Amazigh people, yet without giving any proofs up to now.

In his turn, he asked the educated thinkers to take their responsibilities against the radical discourses by supporting it with a verse in Quran that says: “” And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is hell to abide therein; and the Wrath and the Curse of Allah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him. Chapter Name: An-Nisa Verse No:93

 Here I would like to underline that the ideological differences are normal, but they must be based on the principles of democracy and civilization. We should stop refuting opposing views.  Different ideologies could enrich our thinking and widen the scope of our understanding; different ideas someone has might be innovative to another one’s thoughts. If we take negatively the differences in ideologies of individuals, the world will certainly go backward. Yes conflicts bring about development and change, but those conflicts must emphasize critical meaningful thinking rather than fanaticism and dogmatism.

I think that most of educated people will be aware of this very famous saying “Even if I disagree with you, I will defend you until the last spark of my life so that you express your opinion freely” this quote was said by Voltaire who was one of the pioneers of the French revolution. If we speak in the name of a group of people, or even in the name of ourselves, it is worth learning from such sayings.

It is not necessary to read books in order to grasp the meaning of being civilized and humane. It is necessary to have such principles of dialogue and discussion that can allow you to speak based yourself on some religions, theories or doctrines. All ideologies must have truth in them, but not all ideologues are truthful and conscious.

 For the people to understand the conflicts between the Amazigh movement and Islamist, I think that both of them should answer and illustrate the following questions:

Are the Islamists against Amazigh Movement or against secularism adopted by some Imazighne activists? Why some Islamists put always Amazigh movement as a contrast of Islam? Are Imazighne against some Islamists who take advantage of religion to achieve hidden agenda or interests or against Islam, which the overwhelming majority of Imazighne embraced?

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