A sharia committee in a rebel-held area of a Syrian city has banned croissants because of their “colonial” significance.
Rebels in Aleppo ruled that croissants are “haram” (forbidden in Islamic law) because their crescent shape celebrates European victory over Muslims, MSN Now reported.
Despite the fact that Aleppo’s society usually adheres to moderate Islamic teachings, rebel-controlled areas of the city have instituted several strict fatwas (rulings) recently.
A fatwa was recently issued on Facebook prohibiting “Muslim women wearing makeup and tight clothes that reveal physical features from going out.”
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The Council of the United Judiciary, which is affiliated with the rebel Free Syrian Army, issued a fatwa stipulating a year in jail for anyone not fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
Samir Nashar, a member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, said that there are civil movements to resist these extremist measures.