Iraqi clerics prohibit marriage to terrorists

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The Anbar scholars' council on Friday (November 16th) issued a fatwa prohibiting marriage to people involved in terrorist crimes.

The council comprises 98 prominent clerics.

"The council calls on citizens to boycott armed terrorist groups that have wreaked havoc, killed citizens and destroyed the country, by not selling to or buying from them, by rejecting marriage with them and by making them feel they are isolated and must return to the right path," Sheikh Khalid al-Dulaimi, the council's secretary-general, told Al-Shorfa.

The council issued the fatwa after meeting to discuss a number of social problems facing a number of Iraqi cities, including the fact these armed men are seeking to marry outside of courts due to security crackdowns, he said.

"This is serious and prohibited," al-Dulaimi said. "They must be boycotted, and no doors should be opened to receive them, given that girls' marriages to those murderers are a crime."

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