The Court of First Instance in Marrakesh, Morocco, convicted a Moroccan woman of Italian citizenship, with enforceable imprisonment, on charges of insulting the religious sanctities of the Moroccan Prime Time Zone on social media platforms and for bragging about what she called Surat Whiskey.
Three and a half years imprisonment
The court sentenced the woman to three and a half years in prison and a fine of 50,000 dirhams ($5,500).
And the Moroccan newspaper (Hespress) reported that the accused, who is 23 years old and is studying at the Faculty of Medicine in the French city of Marseille, has distorted a surah from the Holy Qur’an and published it on her page on the social networking platform (Facebook) in 2019.
From Surat Al-Kawthar to Surat Al-Whysky
Rabat airport security arrested the accused two weeks ago, despite the issuance of a search warrant by the security authorities in Marrakesh in 2019, but she had left the country.
The Public Prosecution included an indictment of the girl, which includes insulting the Islamic religion through publications, distributing and broadcasting them to the public through electronic, audio and visual means that fulfill the condition of publicity, and these acts are stipulated and punishable in the criminal law.
The accused had distorted Surat Al-Kawthar and published the distortion on her account on the social media platform under the name (Surat Al-Whey).
#Morocco, West, sunset A young woman is imprisoned for three and a half years for publishing a Quranic analogy: Surah Whiskey!
Morocco is going on, as it is in a dangerous situation against individual liberties, freedom of belief and the press!
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– Atiqa Samrah (@samrahatika) June 30, 2021
Amna Al Sharqi distorts the Qur’an
A Tunisian citizen named Amna Al-Sharqi had also distorted the Qur’an and released (Surat Al-Koruna), and the Court of First Instance in Tunis in July last year punished her with 6 months in prison.
At that time, Amna Al Sharqi was charged with (advocating and inciting hatred between religions, races and the population, as well as a fine of two thousand dinars for the crime of undermining religious rituals).
The head of the media unit at the Court of First Instance in Tunis, Mohsen Al-Dali, said at the time to Agence France-Presse: (Today, the verdict was issued against Amna Chergui, six months in prison, on charges of preaching and inciting hatred between religions, races and populations.”
Also, according to Al-Dali, she was fined two thousand dinars (about 650 euros) for the crime of undermining religious rituals, indicating that the verdict is subject to appeal.
In early May last year, the Tunisian judiciary decided to prosecute the blogger Amna Al-Sharqi after she circulated on the Internet a text parodying the Qur’an on charges of (insulting sanctities, assaulting good morals and inciting violence).
(Al-Sharqi) participated in the publication of a satirical text entitled (Surat Corona) and was subsequently called by the police in the capital, Tunis, to investigate.
The Public Prosecutor decided, after hearing her at the Court of First Instance in Tunis, to charge her with (insulting sanctities, assaulting good morals and inciting violence), knowing that she was not arrested at the time.
A Saudi burns the Qur’an
And last February, a video clip posted on the social networking site (Twitter) of a Saudi young man from Riyadh who burned a copy of the Holy Quran, caused a sensation.
At that time, the details of the incident began with a famous Saudi communication site hosting a young Saudi singer named Abdullah from Riyadh to sing in a live broadcast for followers.
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— 🇸🇦 What’s wrong with the hashtag? ➐ (@AbtTag) February 5, 2021
During the conversation, the two Prime Time Zone touched on issues of atheism and faith, so that the young man called (Abdullah) insulted the divine and the Holy Qur’an, while the famous voice cut him off.
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During the famous talk of the singer (Abdullah) to take the lute and complete the singing and to talk calmly about his cause of atheism. The young man appeared burning the Holy Quran.
Tweeters then launched on Twitter; A hashtag titled (#Abdullah_burns_the_Quran) calling on the security authorities to arrest him. They informed the Public Prosecution of the incident, which caused a great shock.
Quran without Surat An-Nisa
Kuwait also witnessed an incident that sparked controversy over the Qur’an two months ago, when a video spread widely of a citizen in Kuwait addressing the Minister of Awqaf, to investigate the case, after it was shown in a video clip a copy of the Qur’an completely devoid of the fourth surah.
In the video clip, in which only his voice was heard, the citizen said: (The Qur’an is incomplete from the original, and there are no traces of cutting papers from it).
The citizen wondered about the role of the Ministry of Awqaf in allowing the entry of these Qur’ans, and not checking them, due to the seriousness of that, warning against distortion in the Book of God Almighty.
– ترند (@Trendnews) May 19, 2021
The Public Authority for the Care of Printing and Publishing the Noble Qur’an in the Kuwaiti Ministry of Awqaf confirmed at the time that this copy is not from the Qur’anic copies of Kuwait issued by the authority and is not from the Qur’an that the authority has authorized to be printed or circulated in the country.
And the official Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) quoted the official spokesman for the authority, Mubarak Al-Hayyan, as saying that the authority is the authority entrusted with permission to print or issue the Noble Qur’an, and it prints and reviews the Qur’an according to the best and most accurate technical specifications.
Al-Hayyan added: (As soon as a report was received from the minister to investigate the incident, the director general of the authority took quick measures by referring the fact of circulating the news of the existence of a commercial copy of the Noble Qur’an without Surat Al-Nisa, to the Public Prosecution to take the necessary measures towards investigating it to reach those who entered the country without obtaining a permit from Commission).
In his statement, Al-Hayyan stressed the need for publishing houses, printing presses and libraries to abide by Law No. 10 of 2011, which stipulates the need to obtain prior permission from the authority to print or sell and circulate the Noble Qur’an.
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