Shaikh Abdul Malek Ramdani must be some kind of Islamophobe. “Cleric issues 48-page fatwa against democracy,” from Reuters, March 16 (thanks to Twostellas):
Algiers: The spiritual leader of Algeria’s influential Salafist movement has issued a 48-page fatwa, or religious decree, urging Muslims to ignore calls for change because he says that democracy goes against Islam.
The fatwa by Shaikh Abdul Malek Ramdani, who lives in Saudi Arabia, comes at an opportune time for President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika as Algerians watching protests in other Arab states have begun pushing their own political and economic demands.
“As long as the commander of the nation is a Muslim, you must obey and listen to him. Those who are against him are just seeking to replace him, and this is not licit,” Ramdani wrote in the fatwa obtained by Reuters.
“During unrest, men and women are mixed, and this is illicit in our religion,” said Ramdani, who claims several hundred thousand followers in Algiers….
Ramdani, who moved to Saudi Arabia after threats from Islamists, wrote in his “˜fatwa on unrest’ that an observant Muslim can only “pray and be patient” when faced with an unwanted ruler. “Unrest is a tool created by democratic systems which are against Islam.”