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Monday, March 14, 2005

Fatwa targets Osama bin Laden

TheStar.com: Fatwa targets Osama bin Laden

MADRID—Muslim clerics in Spain issued what they called the world's first fatwa against Osama bin Laden yesterday, the first anniversary of the Madrid train bombings.

The Islamic edict called bin Laden, leader of Al Qaeda, an apostate and urged Muslims to denounce him.

The ruling was issued by the Islamic Commission of Spain, the main body representing the country's 1 million-member Muslim community. The commission represents some 200 mostly Sunni mosques, or about 70 per cent of all mosques in Spain.

The March 11, 2004 train bombings killed 191 people and were claimed in videotapes by militants who said they had acted on Al Qaeda's behalf in revenge for Spain's troop deployment in Iraq.

The commission's secretary general, Mansur Escudero, said the group had consulted with Muslim leaders in other countries, such as Morocco — home to most of the jailed suspects in the bombings — Algeria and Libya, and had their support.

"They agree," Escudero said, referring to the Muslim leaders in the three North African countries. "What I want is that they say so publicly.

"We felt now we had the responsibility and obligation to make this declaration," he said. "I hope there is a positive reaction from Muslims."

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Anonymous Steve Savage said...

Its ironic that muslims are saddled with their own "George Bush". At least they're beginning to realize that a rich boy turned religious fanatic isn't a good thing.

8:47 PM, March 14, 2005  

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