Rabat - The French National Front party (FN) is lauding the latest decision of Morocco’s Ministry of Interior to prohibit the sale and production of the burqa in Morocco.
Rabat – The French National Front party (FN) is lauding the latest decision of Morocco’s Ministry of Interior to prohibit the sale and production of the burqa in Morocco.
In a communiqué published on its official website on Thursday, the extreme-right FN says, “After the closure of 80 radical mosques in Tunisia, following the bombing in Sousse, Morocco now has shown firmness in the fight against Islamism by prohibiting the import, sale and manufacture of Burqas in its territory.”
The FN praised Morocco’s Interior Minister’s decision, as well as the position of former Moroccan Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family, and Social Development, Nouzha Skalli, who told AFP that the ban of burqas is “an important step in the fight against religious extremism.”
According to the communique, it is Muslim countries that are showing a “good example of firmness in the struggle against the Islamic scourge.” FN compares the ban’s definitive nature to the inertia caused in other countries by what it calls “guilt and ideological blinders that paralyze political leaders of the left and right through policy.”
According to the FN, the law in this regard must be clearly written and enthusiastically enforced. The party considers the wearing of the burqa to be an overt act of “Islamic proselytism” which should be “banned.”
While the FN may be happy to sing the praises of the Moroccan ban on the burqa, the legislation has stirred heated controversy and spirited debate among Moroccans themselves. Several preachers, in fact, have argued publicly over the issue.
Sheikh Mohamed Fizazi took to his Facebook page Tuesday, comparing the burqa to fashion fads like torn jeans and miniskirts, saying that “the burqa is a cultural symbol belonging to countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Arabian Peninsula,” worn to obscure the female form. In Morocco and in the North of Africa in general, “women have their own style in wearing the hijab, which is the actual style that represents Morocco’s social and religious culture.”
The ministry’s decision also spurred Moroccan Salafist Sheikh Abdelhamid Abounaim to post a live video on Facebook proudly declaring his intention to defy the ban. He stated that he would willingly turn his house “into a shop of burqas to cover the Muslims and give away the burqa for free.”