Suicide ‘not Islamic’
Two of the IS militants killed in the aftermath of the Paris attacks in November were Belgians of Moroccan origin, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader, and Chakib Akrouh, a suicide bomber.
The three IS militants who bombed Brussels in March, Khalid and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui and Najim Laachraoui, were also of Moroccan origin.
The king said that those who engaged in terrorism, in the name of Islam, were “not Muslims”.
“Their only link to Islam is the pretexts they use to justify their crimes and their folly,” he said. “They have strayed from the right path, and their fate is to dwell forever in hell.”
Extremists, the Moroccan monarch said, were exploiting young Muslims to spread misleading messages about Islam and distort its peaceful values.
“They think – out of ignorance – that they are engaging in jihad,” he said.
“Since when has jihad been synonymous with killing innocent people? The Almighty says: ‘Do not transgress limits, for Allah loves not transgressors.’
“Is it conceivable that God… could order someone to blow himself up or kill innocent people? Islam, as a matter of fact, does not permit any kind of suicide – whatever the reasons or circumstances.”