Aug 1 2013
A taste of the kind of “freedom” Syrians can expect if/when Assad is overthrown. A sharia council in rebel-held Aleppo has ordered a fatwa, or decree, banning the croissant because it represents colonial oppression by Europeans.
Circa The Arabic daily newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported that a sharia religious council in Aleppo, Syria, has declared croissants haram (forbidden) as their crescent shape supposedly represents European colonialism over Muslim lands.
The croissant ban indicates an increase in Islamist activity in Aleppo which is a city more traditionally associated with moderate Islam. Similarly strict fatwas have been recently issued including the banning of tight clothing and makeup for women in public, and a year in prison for anyone breaking fast during Ramadan.
The Al-Qaeda affiliated groups Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, have begun to dominate rebel held parts of Aleppo: imposing strict interpretations of sharia law. In June Jabhat al-Nusra beheaded a 14-year-old boy for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.