Mohamed Karim Labidi

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Mohamed Karim Labidi
محمد كريم العبيدي
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Born (1966-08-04) 4 August 1966 (age 55)
Tunisia
NationalityDutch
CitizenshipNetherlands
Occupation
  • Atheist
  • political activist
  • blogger
Known forCriticism of Islam

Mohamed Karim Labidi (محمد كريم العبيدي), Tifinagh: ⵎⵃⵎⴷ ⴿⵔⵢⵎ ⴰⵍⵄⴱⵢⴷⵢ, moˈhɑmɛd kɚˈriːm Labidi, IPA , born 04 August 1966; popularly known as Karim Labidi) is a Dutch ex-Muslim and ex-Islamist of Amazigh descent. An atheist political activist and blogger known for his criticism of Islam.

Early life

Mohamed Karim Labidi was born into a traditional Sunni family, Tunisia, the Republic of Tunisia, on 4 August 1966. He is the seventh of nine children, grew up and studied briefly in Tunisia, and set off from his hometown to France in 1980 to pursue his education. Labidi family was non-conservative at first,[1] Islam entered the family through Samira Labidi, the elder sister of Labidi, and the spouse of the former leader of Ennahda Movement, Salah Karker.[2][3][4] Labidi was biased towards his elder sister, travelling between Iran and Syria for Islamic seminaries.[1]

Political Islam

Labidi is an ex-Shia Imam, studied Islam in Tehran at Hawza Al-Qaim in 1983 that was headed by Mohammad al-Shirazi, Labidi received his Islamic education from senior Shia sheikhs, including Fawzi Muhammad Al Saif, Hassan al-Saffar, Hadi al-Modarresi and Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi. He joined the Iranian Shia Islam political network, Rissali, (he had been recruited by Iranian Cultural Center in Paris) to be responsible of engaging new Islamist elements and worked as a coordinator with The Ennahda Movement, his brother in law Salah Karker in particular, in Tunisia since 1985 until 1987.[5] Labidi was arrested in Tunisia with a group of Islamist youths in 1987 on several charges claimed the impact of state security and dealing with foreign parties, and after the 1987 Tunisian coup d'état, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Labidi was released under a general legislative amnesty at the beginning of 1988.[1]

Work

Labidi abandoned the Iranian Shia Islam network, and became acquainted with Gnosticism and Sufism, through his visits to various countries in pursuit of knowledge. He settled in Morocco (1992 - 1997) moving between Tangier, Fez, Meknes and finally Agadir and was influenced by Sufi sheikhs, spiritual teachings. Labidi got arrested again in Morocco in 1998, discharged to Mauritania and then to Tunisia.[1]

Islam criticism

Labidi has apostatized from Islam in 1998 and declared his atheism. Labidi found his atheistic faith, he summarizes his belief in one single line "No one is the Master of people, everyone is the Master of himself", he was invited to several events and political-intellectual conferences around the world; the Islam against Islam conference [6] organized by AIME association, on October 30, 2004, the first of its kind in France, where Labidi spoke against political Islam describing the definition of Taqiya.The first association for ex-Muslims, Inter-Mediterranean Association, founded by Labidi in Tunisia 2001, was part of the leading association, "From Here, There, But Together”; first ex-Muslims association in France 2000, releasing its first hardcover magazine, T'[email protected][7] The association and all its activities were banned in 2006 and Labidi was placed under unofficial house arrest until 2011, at the time of the Tunisian revolution.

Political events

Labidi sought political asylum in Netherlands 2012[1][8] and returned to his political-intellectual activities, he founded the intellectual, cultural movement "MCAN"; Movement of Changing North Africa,[9] in 2015, the main pillar of MCAN is freedom of the Amazigh people on their land. Labidi applied to form a political party "Tinastparty" in Tunisia 2018 which was rejected by Tunisian authorities after multiple attempts. With respect to the association, the first MCAN conference took place in Rotterdam 15 July 2017, Labidi, official spokesperson, gave political speech about Amazigh culture to spread public awareness, right of speech and well-being for each individual. This movement participated in several political-intellectual events, Hirak Rif Movement occurred in Rotterdam 12 May 2018, whereas Labidi demanded the respect, preserve for the Amazigh; Morocco countryside. June 02, 2018, another protest "Mouchbessif" was arranged in Paris and Tunisia and MCAN participated in it to permit people of Tunisia to break their fast during the day in Ramadan. In Tunisia August 13, 2018, MCAN participated in "Harir Tunis" demonstration that was organized by "Tunisian Association of Democratic Women" for giving women equal inheritance rights. The Association "Amazighs Sanhaja du Rif" arranged, from January 11 to 13, 2019 in Tétouan, the 07th edition of the Bachikh Festival celebrating the Amazigh New Year 2969, under the theme: "A unique identity, a diverse culture and diverse languages". Labidi spoke on behalf of MCAN association about the Amazigh of Tunisia, affirming the right to land.

His books

Labidi tells his life experience with political Islam in his book, published by Zaynab Publishing House, French edition "Ma vie, ma Tunisie"[10] that was translated later to Arabic in 2018 "رحلة وطن مع الإسلام السياسي"[11] which means "My life, my Tunisia"

Activities

Labidi has been receiving death threats[8] from Islamists since he started again, criticizing Islam through social media and political events. Labidi is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and he has more than three YouTube channels that cover several topics; Criticism of Islam, politics, and spirituality. Labidi owns three personal and official websites, reflect his political and intellectual views.[1]

In the media

  

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Groen, Janny (29 August 2015). "'Ik ga je doodmaken, kreeg ik naar mijn hoofd geslingerd'". de Volkskrant (in Nederlands).
  2. "زوجة مؤسس حركة النهضة توصي بحرق جثتها على طريقة الهندوس – إرم نيوز". www.eremnews.com (in العربية). EREM NEWS. 31 December 2016.
  3. "بعد ما راج حول وصيتها بحرق جثمانها: عضو سابق بحركة النهضة يؤكد دفن أرملة صالح كركر". Hakaek Online (in العربية). 2 February 2017.
  4. "في إتصال هاتفي من هولندا / شقيق زوجة صالح كركر يكشف: لن يتمّ حرق جثّة سميرة مثلما طلبت وهذا فحوى كتابي عن قيادات النّهضة". الثورة نيوز. Althawra News.
  5. Leaving Islam : apostates speak out. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. 2003. p. 32. ISBN 9781591020684.
  6. "Islam contre Islam". atheisme.org.
  7. Chaarani, Ahmed (2004). La mouvance islamiste au Maroc : du 11 septembre 2001 aux attentats de Casablanca du 16 mai 2003. Paris: Karthala. p. 456. ISBN 9782845865303.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dekker, Niels (19–20 Sep 2015). "Ik heb niks meer met islam te maken". Algemeen Dagblad.CS1 maint: date format (link)
  9. Nederland, GraydonGo. "Bedrijfsinformatie van Stichting Movement of Changing North Africa (MCAN)". graydongo.nl.
  10. Labidi, Mohamed Labidi. Ma vie, ma Tunisie. Tunisia: Zaynab edition. ISBN 9789938390926.
  11. Labidi, Mohamed Karim (2019). رحلة وطن مع الإسلام السياسي (al-Ṭabʻah 1 ed.). Tūnis: Zaynab lil-Nashr. ISBN 9789938390612.

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