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Fatwa for revolution in Libya

by Brad A. Greenberg

February 21, 2011 | 7:17 pm

Tom Heneghan at FaithWorld shared a surprising story today about Libya Islamic scholars issuing a fatwa in support of popular revolt:

A coalition of Libyan Islamic leaders has issued a fatwa telling all Muslims it is their duty to rebel against the Libyan leadership.  The group also demanded the release of fellow Islamic scholar Sadiq al-Ghriani, who was arrested after criticising the government, and “all imprisoned demonstrators, including many of our young students”.

Calling itself the Network of Free Ulema of Libya, the group of over 50 Muslim scholars said the government and its supporters “have demonstrated total arrogant impunity and continued, and even intensified, their bloody crimes against humanity.”

I’m not sure I get the theology, but I suspect it is based on the fact that the Libyan government is not an Islamic republican government.

This act, of course, is not akin to divine revelation. There are, in fact, fatwa for just about everything—from Salman Rushie and Pokemon to breast feeding and even Elton John performing in Morocco.

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