Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Morocco’s most famous salafi preacher Mohamed Abdelwahhab al-Rafiki, nicknamed 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 man stressed that he is one of “the staunch supporters of the concept of separation of state and religion.”
The Moroccan Times.