Aug 19 2009
Bosnia’s Muslim spiritual leader calls for radical Islamic Shari’a Law to be incorporated into Bosnian constitution
Thanks Bill Clinton, for sending American troops to fight on the WRONG SIDE of this war.
Sarajevo, 17 August (AKI) – Bosnia’s Muslim spiritual leader, Reiss-ul-Ulema Mustafa Ceric, has drawn strong criticism from moderate Muslims and from Bosnian Serbs, after he called for Islamic Sharia law to be incorporated into the Bosnian constitution.
Ceric made the controversial suggestion when he conducted Bosnia’s first Sharia mass wedding on Saturday in the central city of Zenica. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi reportedly paid for the weddings for the 20 couples and some 500 guests.
In May, while visiting a Muslim community in Serbia’s Muslim-majority Sandzak region bordering Montenegro, Ceric said “no force could separate” Muslims in Serbia from those in Bosnia, which he has described as a homeland for Muslims.
Strict Sharia law drastically reduces the rights of women, allows polygamy for men, forbids marrying non-Muslims and sanctions cruel penalties including stoning.
Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik reacted angrily to Ceric’s remarks, saying he was deliberately ignoring the presence of Serbs and Croats in Muslim-majority Bosnia. Serbs are mainly Orthdox while Croats are Catholic Christians. Ceric’s pronouncement concealed a Muslim drive to dominate the whole country, Dodik claimed.
He is known for glorifying the Ottoman invaders who ruled the Balkans for six centuries, converting local population to Islam. During 50 years of Communist rule, Bosnian Muslims practised a moderate form of Islam, or declared themselves atheists.
But radical forms of Islam began to take root in the country after thousands of fighters from Muslim countries, especially North Africa, arrived to fight on the side of local Muslims in the 1992-1995 civil war. ADN KRONOS