Translated by: Manal Samhat
The Azerbaijani Parliament held a session to discuss a draft law that prevents calling to Islam. At the beginning of the session, Azerbaijani Parliamentary Culture Committee, Chairman, Nizami Jafarov, called for ratifying the proposed law, knowing that the Muslims constitute 96% of the overall population in the country.
Azerbaijani MP, Fazail Agamali, stated during the ratification of the law that all the students of Islamic sciences and those who pursue their studies in the religious Hawzas operate as spies for the foreign powers and they should be monitored closely.
This law raised the ire of the Muslims in Azerbaijan, who were shocked and confused when they heard that the National Council had enacted the said law.
The incoming reports from Azerbaijan point out that the authorities are arresting anyone who opposes their policy and sentencing him to 5 to 12 years of prison. Thus, the authorities fell under extensive criticism by the Islamic associations and the aware Muslim youth who have previously rejected the law to prevent wearing the Hijab in schools. In return, these authorities accuse those who oppose their policy of treason and collaboration with foreign states.
We find issuing such laws odd whilst overlooking the structure of the society, knowing that the Muslims constitute 96% of the overall population in the country. Thus, this cannot but create huge complications to the people and lead to big problems that could destroy the social entity and render it vulnerable to collapse. Moreover, secularism, the system that governs Azerbaijan, should truly value the slogans of civilization and human rights it carries, respect all religions and their rites, and not practice intellectual terrorism, so as not to turn the society into a big prison void of the values of love, compassion and freedom.