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Top Mali imam denounces northern Islamists, Egypt's president comments
Head of Mali's High Islamic Council condemns Islamists' alien version of Islam, defends French military intervention
Reuters , Thursday 24 Jan 2013
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Mail's top Muslim leader rejected the actions of Islamist foreigners in the north of his country and expressed outrage that they were trying to impose an alien version of Islam on a country that had been Muslim for a millennium.

In an interview published on Thursday, Imam Mahmoud Dicko, head of the High Islamic Council in Bamako, also defended France's military intervention.

"What right do they have to impose the sharia here?" Dicko asked in the interview in the Catholic daily La Croix.

"What right do they have to take up arms to tell us how to practise Islam in our country?

"Thank God (France) has intervened to protect us from those who wanted to conquer us and impose their way of living Islam."

Islamists in northern Mali have destroyed historic Muslim shrines, which they considered heretical, and imposed harsh punishments that they say sharia Islamic law demands such as stoning adulterers to death and chopping off thieves' hands.

The imam disagreed with Muslim leaders who have criticised France's support for the government in Bamako.

"They talk about a war against Islam and a new crusade by France," he said. "I'm against this talk from Egypt or Qatar. They are completely mistaken."

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi criticised the French offensive on Monday and a Muslim group led by the influential Qatar-based preacher Youssef al-Qaradawi has warned of "dangerous consequences" from the intervention.

Dicko said Bamako should try to negotiate with Malian Islamists but "chase out ... foreigners who came to impose sharia on us."

Dicko blamed attacks on a church in northern Mali on "wayward Muslims who came from abroad" and said relations between Mali's Islamic majority and its small Christian minority had always been harmonious.

Sheikh Sidi Konake, head of the Tijani Sufi brotherhood in Mali, also told La Croix he supported France's intervention.
"It's not fighting against Islam but against foreigners who want to impose their way of practicing Islam on us," he said.

"Luckily, France has come to save us from those people," he said. "Let me tell you -- there will be lots of little Malians named Hollande, you'll see."
 





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Ali
27-01-2013 09:45am
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Birds of a feather...
As the entire Western-global parasitic system crafted in the deformed image of man-as-his-own-god collapses and is sent to the dust bin of history, creatures like Mr. Dicko will meet an appropriate fate on that same sinking ship with those other than Allah Ta'ala he has taken as lords and protectors. By his statements, he has just taken himself outside the fold of Islam - though it's doubtful he was ever in the fold of Islam to begin with.
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Kevin
25-01-2013 04:42pm
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"Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi criticised the French offensive on Monday and a Muslim group led by the influential Qatar-based preacher Youssef al-Qaradawi has warned of "dangerous consequences" from the intervention." Nothing more than Muslim extremists... I guess the "type" of Islam being practiced in Mali doesn't suit the needs of the terrorists of the world.
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Democracia
25-01-2013 01:57pm
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Thanks
My God, thank you that there are still some Muslim leaders like this one!!! Take care of you, Imam Mahmoud Dicko!
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