Muslim Brotherhood Taking Morocco into Repressive Islamist Territory

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By the standards of the region, Morocco has not been all that of a place. At least until the Arab Spring. The Muslim Brotherhood’s election victory in Morocco has gotten less press in part because the country is small, its Justice and Development Party has tried to claim that it isn’t Brotherhood (a lie that came toppling down when the Muslim Brotherhood described it as one of its own) and because the king still has the final say, in theory.

The Supreme Ulema Council of Morocco, its highest religious authority, published a fatwa calling for the death penalty for anyone who leaves Islam. And Morocco’s Islamist Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane is neglecting the economy and getting into clashes with human rights activists over blasphemy law.

Morocco’s Islamist prime minister says it’s unacceptable to criticize the Prophet Muhammad, entering a war of words between a secular activist and hardline Salafists that has strained the balance between freedom of expression and religious sensitivities.

Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane took a not-so-veiled swipe at secular activist Ahmed Assid at a party rally late Saturday in Rabat.

Assid has drawn fire for saying a Moroccan school textbook has implied that Islam could be imposed by force.

At least one Salafist leader retorted that Assid was trying to paint Muhammad as a terrorist — a claim Assid denies — and called Assid an “unbeliever,” which could be seen as an incitement to violence.

The AP predictably fails to delve into the subject but Assid does make some interesting comments about the Brotherhood.

Ahmed Assid, Amazigh activist, criticized the attempts of Islamists in Morocco to infiltrate women’s rights organizations to make them obedient to Islamist associations, replacing the demands of women with their own demands. Islamists use the same tactic with the Amazigh movement.

“But we do not only defend the Amazigh language, but also the universal values ​​of democracy and modernity,” he says. He added that the Moroccan Islamists also want to replace their substance by redefining their ideology as “Wahhabi and Muslim Brotherhood.”

Ahmed Assid called on democratic forces in Morocco as well as in other Arab countries to unite because “the Islamists are an organized minority, while the democratic forces are the majority in society, but disunited.”


  • DDay66

    Since when has Morocco not been an Islamist nation. If memory serves me correctly, they were one of the first nations during the WWII time frame who started putting caps on how many Jews could occupy a specific profession, strict limits on where they could live and many policies that made Jews living there virtually impossible. I never knew they had a change over from those days…

    • Spikey1

      The country is 99.5% Sunni Muslim
      Islam is the state religion
      Kids (mostly girls) as young at 8 yrs old work

  • AdinaK

    The Muslim Brotherhood is a Mafia-like hierarchy and freedom loving people must catch up to speed. In fact, once they are full throttle in charge, then Sharia Law reigns supreme and all must submit – or else.

    The fact of the matter is that the leader of the free world has many of their top hoods ensconced in his leadership, and most haven't a clue. In any case, this is their plan for America and Obama Inc. is FULLY on board –

    It is also a possibility that one of their top Sisterhood operatives, Huma Abedin, could end up "First Lady" of NYC, if Weiner wins – OMG –

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Spikey1

    "because the king still has the final say, in theory."
    Humph: Mohammed VI is the King of Morocco, and has studied at the Qur'anic school since the age of four. The only thing he has really done that will piss off Islamists is; granted women more power and "attempted" to improve Morocco's human rights record.

  • Robin

    Morocco may be unique in the Islamist world in the tolerance that (most of) the people display towards each other as well as towards outsiders. Sure, there are the "extremists" and, as anywhere, these are the ones who make the most noise. But the multicultural structure of Morocco isn't always apparent from the outside and the Amazigh and Islamists have co-existed there for centuries – not always without friction but generally they have learned to get on together without serious conflict.
    Yes, the Prime Minister said it was unacceptable to criticize the Prophet Muhammad. Quite right too. As (nearly) every Moroccan knows and tacitly acknowledges, it's unacceptable to criticize someone else's religion unless it's causing you serious problems in your day-to-day living. Apart from anything else, it's simply bad manners, and bad manners is something that Moroccans strive to avoid.
    And if anything is going to save Morocco from the extremists from any direction, it's the good manners that Moroccans believe is essential above all else. A naïve view? Maybe. But it also may be true. I hope so.

    • Spikey1

      "But the multicultural structure of Morocco isn't always apparent from the outside"
      The country is 99.5% Sunni Muslim….

      • Robin

        Get away from the cities and talk to the real people. Their beliefs are the same as they've been for centuries, and it's not Sunni Muslim. What they don't have is a need to shout about it and upset everyone.

        • Spikey1

          "What they don't have is a need to shout about it and upset everyone."

          That is because muslims have a habit of exploding when upset, so it is better to just to keep quiet for the sheeple don't want some Allahu Akbar shouting heading in their direction.

  • Michael Copeland

    "The Koran is our law. Jihad is our way." Extract from Muslim Brotherhood motto.

    • Roger

      At least they're honest about it. Obama still lies about his muslim heritage.

      9:5 Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

  • Moroccan

    There is no Muslim Brotherhood in Morocco. PJD is somehow ideologically close to the MB but there are no proven operational links between the two groups. In other words, this whole article is based on a totally wrong premise…

    And Morocco not only protected Jews in WWII (refused to hand them in to the Vichy government despite the fact that Morocco was under French protectorate), it still continues to serve as virtually the only safe haven for "oriental" Jews in the region (despite being 97% Muslim, Morocco has a Jewish ambassador, a Jewish a Royal adviser, prominent jewish public intellectuals, and a vibrant jewish diaspora that continues to return for special holidays, tourism and business ventures). Check this Haaretz article from just a day ago:… or this one from 5 days ago:… .

    A Moroccan.

    • Spikey1

      There are only about 5000 Jewish folk in Morocco, out of 32 million, and about 100,000 Christians with the majority of both of those groups being of French decent.
      Moroccan Jews left for the new state of Israel in the middle of the 20th.

      Per the "ambassador" "royal advisor" and "intellectuals" being jewish, well of course they are; 99.5% of the population is dumb in comparison.

  • Mohammed Lebbadi

    Again, 'Muslim Brotherhood' and 'fatwa' and other things based on nothing! My dear Mr Greenfield, I am not going to argue with you this time, but rather invite you to be my guest here in Casablanca and do some homework together and then go out and talk to Benk irane and the Ulama and the Minister of Islamic Affairs and Assid and hopefully you can get a clear picture of what's all this about. For now, be assured there's no 'Muslim Brotherhood' here, no 'fatwa' calling for the death penalty for anyone who leaves Islam, and no Assid saying the Prophet was a terrorist! OK?

    • Spikey1

      What do; March 11 2007, April 10 2007, April 14 2007 and April 28 2011 all have in common?