A new fatwa in the Syrian city of Aleppo targets people who dare to eat croissants.
According to an interview at China’s English-language Sina news website, one man who’s frustrated with the growing post-revolutionary power of Islamist extremists in Syria explains how fundamentalists are tightening their grip on local rule to an absurd extent.
“Al-Nusra Front fighters come up every day with a new unimaginable fatwa, or religious edict,” such as the fatwa against croissants, said the Syrian, identified only as “Ahmed.” The fundamentalists claim croissants are particularly relished by European infidels as a celebratory food (because of their “symbolic” crescent shape), which they allegedly tear into with gusto to commemorate historic victories over the Muslims.
Syrians originally inspired by a revolution they hoped would ensure stability and expanded freedoms are now taking to the internet to criticize al-Nusra’s growing intolerance of behaviors that fall outside various factions’ interpretations of sharia law. Other recent fatwas have involved women drivers, unveiled young girls, smoking and even listening to music.
Islamic fundamentalists continue to take control of large parts of Aleppo and other northern towns, which are being ruled by a cabal of “chieftains” who regard all of Syria as a “liberated Islamic emirate.”
“We were looking for more freedom and felt the revolution would give us more benefits… However, we now feel we are moving backwards and will soon return to the medieval era,” said one Syrian woman, adding that there’s nothing liberating about the land’s stale, Islamist-hijacked “revolution.”
“How could they bring us freedom if they (the al-Nusra rebels) themselves are captives held by the extremists?” she said.