Ministry of Justice,Statement on “Ulema Council “

Manama, Feb. 3. (BNA) — Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments stressed that the media generated brouhaha about the judicial ruling to dissolve the so-called “Ulema Council” is a continuation of the deviation of political activities. This is being done through a systematic instigation of religious feelings in order to divert the focus off

Manama, Feb. 3. (BNA) — Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments stressed that the media generated brouhaha about the judicial ruling to dissolve the so-called “Ulema Council” is a continuation of the deviation of political activities.

This is being done through a systematic instigation of religious feelings in order to divert the focus off the violation of the law, which is the establishment of a sectarian political organisation outside the legal confines.

The ministry said that the competent authorities had, on numerous occasions, offered to those in charge of this organisation the chance to operate in accordance with law, but they invariably refused to work under the umbrella of the state.

They went so far as to claim publicly that the organisation was above the Constitution, the law and institutions, saying that it cannot be subject to “earthly laws” as they put it. Such an attitude indicates a huge defect and a dangerous digression aimed at undermining the concept of the state and the notions of modernity.

The ministry said that allegations that any of the Islamic sects or its rituals or culture is a “culture of minorities” or that that it is targeted cannot be at all accepted.

On the contrary, all Islamic sects in the Kingdom of Bahrain are part of the Islamic religion and national identity.

This has led to the establishment of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs – which was unanimously endorsed at the time of its formation – as a unifying council for all Islamic sects in order to preserve the religion of the people and the specifics of their sects and spare them rifts.

The ministry said that it wondered how people dared to describe a political organisation as the religion and doctrine, and that the dissolution of this illegal organisation was a dissolution of religion!

The ministry added that the attitude reflected the level of political sectarianism within this organisation and the magnitude of its extremist tendencies that threatened the national fabric by pursuing a political sectarianism that transformed electoral competition into “Blocks of the Faith,” national participation into Halal and Haram, political orientations into sectarian issues, and political rhetoric into doctrinal rally.

The ministry stressed that the speeches that have recently emerged revealed the dangerous aspects and consequences of these organisations that pursue political sectarianism.

The ministry said that partisan religion and sects were in themselves a massive targeting of religion and sect.

It added that the sectarianism represented by this organisation dissolved by a court judgment was a scheme to undermine Islamic unity, tamper with the national fabric and target the concept of citizenship, the principles of the rule of law, equality and responsibility before the law, by trying to implement the “Wilayat Al Fakeeh” concept in Bahrain.

The ministry added that mosque tribunes were significantly more important than any partisanship or lineup, pointing out to the risk of involving religious platforms in political debates and differences, and stressing the dangerous role of fueling political sectarianism and prejudice to national unity.

It warned that escapism would not shield anyone from the application of the law.

The ministry highlighted the role of the (dissolved) organisation in inciting to violence through covering and backing parties that supported and endorsed violence publicly as well as its refusal to condemn acts of violence and terror.

The ministry insisted that the duty of the state is to take the necessary legal measures to protect the community, maintain national security and public safety, public order and to protect the rights and freedoms of others, without laxity or negligence.

The High Administrative Court last week ruled to dissolve the so-called “Ulema Council,” for exercising institutionalised political activities without any legal control, and in fact, it veered in operations to the point of inciting to violence.

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