Bulgarian Muslim Council Attacks the Government's Rhetoric on Islam

Without pointing any fingers Supreme Muslim Council of Bulgaria opposed changes suggested by the government regarding the practice of Islam. This happened during a forum where representatives of the mufti councils in Smolyan, Plovdiv, Blagoevgrad, Stara Zagora and Pazardzhik met. 

A major subject during the meeting was "words used by people high up in the state's hierarchy, responsible for the security and peace of society". According to the letter sent by the Council to the media, however, those same people are doing the exact opposite of what they should be. The Council believes that various state officials have hinted at policies that would take away some of the democratic rights of the Muslim community. The Council is concerned that "loyalty tests" are being considered, it claims that these tests are reminiscent of the "old days" (meaning the Socialist regime from 1944-1989). The muftis see this as an attack on their freedoms and comment that this shouldn't be happening in an EU-state.

In it's letter the Council speaks of the proposed changes to the Religious Freedom Act that are purposefully meant to hurt the religious freedoms of the Muslim community. The Council says it will do anything in its power to end these misunderstandings by the means of democracy and defend the rights of the Bulgarian Muslim community that has, not only with its words, but by it's actions as well, proven its loyalty and love for Bulgaria. In the letter the Council addresses the yearly fundraiser for Muslim education in Bulgaria and points out that the fundraiser ended up with a total of 280k BGN (143k Euro) which compared to last year's amount of 120k BGN is an amazing sign of progress and stands to show the support within the Muslim community, despite the "hard times".

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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