Below is a report in French about Ramadan in Morocco. At one time Morocco was tolerant of people who declined to fast during the holy month, but all that has changed. Increasing fundamentalist pressure on Muslims to comply with strict Islamic rules includes the threat of jail for those who fail to observe the fast.
Many thanks to Gaia for the translation and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Whenever someone tells you that “Islam needs a Reformation”, point out the object lesson of Morocco…
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Morocco used to be one of the most tolerant of Islamic countries, with a significant population of secularized Muslims and a partiality towards its neighbors across the Mediterranean in Spain and France. But the wave of Islamic revival which has passed over the Muslim world during the last thirty years has affected Morocco, too.
Islam is reforming. In places like Somalia, Islam has reformed.
Calling for reform implies that Islam should return to its true spiritual values, and that is exactly what is happening now in Morocco, Tunisia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and all those other parts of the Muslim world which used to be considered “relaxed” in their observance of Islamic practices.
An “Islamic Reformation” is already underway. Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Yusef al-Qaradawi, Mullah Omar, and Anjem Choudary are just a few of its zealous champions. In another decade or two the process of reform will be nearing completion.
Don’t wish for Islamic reform. You just might get what you wish for.