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Imams to preach moderate beliefs at Ramadan
by Janene Van Jaarsveldt
A total of 45 imams from Morocco will preach the so-called "healthy Islam" in the Netherlands during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month that starts on June 18th.
This has been arranged by the Liaison Committee for Muslims and Government, CMO, in an effort to counter the radicalization of Muslim youth, the Volkskrant reported on Monday. The CMO represents 380 mosques in the Netherlands.
According to CMO spokesperson Yassin Elforkani, these Moroccan imams preach in the moderate Malikite tradition, which states that Islam can be interpreted in various ways, depending on time and place. "The claim of absolute truth is one of the greatest dangers of faith", Elforkani said to the newspaper. "The 45 imams will say this. It is important that they do this, especially during Ramadan."
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