Morocco’s Most-Famous Salafi Preacher: I Support the Separation of State and Religion

Morocco’s Most-Famous Salafi Preacher: I Support the Separation of State and Religion

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Hassan El-Kettani (right side), Abdelwahab Rafiki (also known as Abu Hafs; on the left side), and Umar Al-Hadouchi (in the middle).
Hassan El-Kettani (right side), Abdelwahab Rafiki (also known as Abu Hafs; left side), and Umar Al-Hadouchi (in the middle). Copyright: Ismail Bellaouali.

Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Morocco’s most famous salafi preacher Mohamed Abdelwahhab al-Rafiki, nicknamedĀ Abu Hafs, stressed recently in an interview given to Morocco’s daily Akhbar Al Yaoum (the weekend’s edition) that he is a staunch supporter of the concept of separation of state and religion.

Abu Hafs, who will present himself as a candidate under the hood of Morocco’s Independence party (Al-Istiqlal) on the sidelines of the upcoming parliamentary elections in Morocco, was jailed in 2003 in the wake of the Casablanca bombings for charges related to preaching hate discourse.

Abu Hafs was however released on a royal pardon after spending 7 years in a solitary confinement cell.

Abu Hafs told Akhbar Al Yaoum that “my involvement in politics will not affect my involvement in the religious sphere through preaching.”

The manĀ stressed that he is one of “the staunch supporters of the concept of separation of state and religion.”

The Moroccan Times.