Algerian writer Saeed Jabelkir was sentenced to imprisonment for offending Islam


Sayed Jabelkir, a well-known Islamic Algerian scholar, looks out of the Sidi Mamed Court in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, on April 22, 2021.

Saeed Jabelkill was accused of disrespecting the Quran

The author of an Islamic book in Algeria was sentenced to three years in prison for offending religion.

Mr Jabelkir said he was surprised at the severity of the ruling given and appealed.

He was tried after seven lawyers and fellow scholars complained to him for disrespecting Islam.

Jabelkir said the animal sacrifice during the Eid Muslim festival was based on pre-Islamic pagan rituals.

He also suggested that some of the Quran, such as the story of Noah’s Ark, are not literally true and may not be criticized practices, including the marriage of young girls in some Islamic societies.

Islam is the state religion of Algeria. The law states that “anyone who offends the Prophet or denounces Islam’s dogmatic doctrine, whether by writing, drawing, statement, or other means” is fined. Or imprisonment.

Muslims believe in slaughtering animals at the annual Eid al-Adha festival and remember that the Prophet Ibrahim was willing to sacrifice his son Ismail when God commanded him. They say.

“The battle for freedom of conscience is indisputable. It is a battle that must continue,” Jabelkir told AFP after being released on bail.

53-year-old Djabelkhir has written two books on Islam.

He is quoted in media reports as seeking “reflection” on the founding text of Islam.

He said his whistleblowers believed that everything in the Quran was literally true and did not distinguish between “history” and “myth”-like the story about Noah’s Ark.

“Everyone thinks of history with the capital letter” H “,” he said.

He recently told AFP: [of the Quran] It no longer meets the expectations, needs and questions of modern people. “

Muslims believed that the Koran was the word of Allah and was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad as a guide to humanity.

Amnesty International, deputy regional director of rights group Amnesty International, described the three-year ruling in Algeria as “exorbitant” and “a chilling retreat to freedom of expression.”

“Punishing someone for an analysis of religious doctrine is a serious breach of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of religion, even if the comment is considered offensive by others,” Gerari said. He added.

This is not the strictest ruling that has been passed down in Algeria for offending Islam.

Last year, rebel activist Yacine Mebarki was sentenced to 10 years in prison after finding a copy of the Quran with a torn page when police attacked his home. After that, the judgment was shortened to one year.

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