While jihadists in Afghanistan are threatening to kill those who vote, and those in Kashmir are cutting off ears, their compatriots in the Philippines are much more moderate. They are merely issuing guidelines for voters, trying to ensure that no female candidate gets elected. From Qatar’s Peninsula Online, with thanks to Twostellas:
MANILA: About 125 Moro religious leaders calling themselves the Bangsamoro Supreme Council of Ulama (BSCU) have issued a “fatwah” (ruling), laying down guidelines for Muslim voters for the May 10 national and local elections.
BSCU head Sheikh Jamil Yahya, 59, spelled out the six-point religious diktat during the Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque in Marawi City.
Since Shariah is not applied in the Bangsamoro homeland, Yahya said, Muslims’ religious obligation is “to choose the lesser of two evils,” one who stands less as hurdle in the practice of Islam, dignity and freedom.
Parts of the fatwah are the prohibition in electing any woman candidate for any position …
Yahya, known as staunch human rights advocate, graduated at the Madina Islamic University in Saudi Arabia.
Yahya also condemned the alleged persecution being suffered by the Moro people.