In 2018, the prominent Islamist feminist resigned from the Mohammedia League fo Scholars “Rabita Mohammadia of Ouelamas” due to her position on inheritance.
Rabat – Moroccan biologist, author, and prominent Islamic feminist Asma Lamrabet announced her decision to leave Morocco for an “indefinite period.”
Lamrabet announced the decision on her Facebook account on Sunday, September 15.
The post, which was met with a range of different reactions reads, “I am leaving Morocco for a destination far away for an indefinite period.”
“A new experience to live for what left in my life span,” said the feminist as she expressed hope for a positive experience.
One of her followers commented: “We are going to miss you Mrs. Asmae Lamrabet… Morocco has lost a new pearl.”
“This is the best thing you did in your life, never look back … Goodbye,” another Facebook user wrote.
Lamrabet has not shared further details about what pushed her to leave Morocco, but last year was not her best.
In 2018, the feminist made news headlines in Morocco after she decided to resign from the Mohammedia League for Scholars or Rabita Mohammedia of Oulamas due to disagreements over equality of inheritance between men and women.
In a statement to Morocco World News last year, the feminist said, “I would say that my action, as a volunteer in the Rabita, for almost ten years had no other ambition than to serve my country and to promote this third way, that of a peaceful Islam, contextualized and in tune with universal humanist values compatible with our cultural values.”
She also called on Moroccans to support “the legitimate rights of women for a Morocco of justice and equality.”
In Islam, a son inherits twice as much as a daughter, and similarly, a brother inherits twice the share of his sister. (However, in cases of uterine brothers and sisters, their shares will be equal.)
Equality in inheritance has been a hot topic in Morocco. Moroccan activists and feminists are demanding reforms of the traditional inheritance system, and have continued to show determination in defending their stance.
Born in 1961, Lamrabet is the founder of a working group for women’s issues and intercultural dialogue, and a major contributor to “Third Way” feminism, a movement that questions religious patriarchy and fights sexism in Islam.
She is also the author of “Women and Men in the Qur’an,” in which she refutes and explains preconceived Islamobohic ideas about topics such as the treatment of Muslim women.