Friday, September 10, 2010

Eid News from Morocco

Morocco celebrated Eid Al-Fitr which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, on Friday.

HM the King pardons 319 convicts on Eid Al-Fitr

As is usual in most Islamic countries,HM King Mohammed VI pardoned 319 convicts on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr.

Twelve inmates benefited from the pardon over their remaining prison term, while 244 others had their prison term reduced.

Twenty-three people were granted pardon over their prison sentences, and two inmates benefited from a pardon over imprisonment terms while fines against them were maintained.Two prisoners were granted pardon over their imprisonment terms and had their fines annulled, while fines against 36 convicts were suspended.

Three killed in collapse of mosque roof in Casablanca

Three people were injured on Friday in the collapse of a roof of an old mosque in Casablanca, rescue and emergency units reported.

The injured were taken to the hospital to receive treatment, the source said, adding that an investigation will be launched to determine the causes of the incident.

Morocco's Supreme Ulema Council strongly condemns plan to burn Korans

In mid-July, when a certain Mr Jones from the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida announced that it would hold an "International Burn a Koran Day" on 11 September, it set the scene for condemnation around the world. He may be an idiot and a fundamentalist with a following of only thirty or so people, but world leaders realised that one fool with a match can start a fire. Now, Morocco's Supreme Council of Ulema has strongly condemned, Jones's plans to burn copies of the Holy Koran.

In a statement, the Council strongly denounced this despicable plan to burn copies of the Holy Koran, "a book that teaches values of balance and tolerance towards humanity."

The Council voiced satisfaction with the condemnation expressed by several religious circles, notably in the USA, "Humanity has never witnessed such an ill-considered provocation, which would cause misunderstanding".

This provocation shocked Muslims in the holy month of Ramadan, during which the Koran was revealed, the Council said, citing the Koranic verse "We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and we will assuredly guard it (from corruption)."

The Council made it clear that such an irresponsible plan will neither undermine the sacredness of the Holy Koran nor the Muslims attachment to its values, calling for all believers in the USA and the World to stand against religious extremism, foil hatred igniting plans and promote initiatives advocating solidarity among all believers.

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