No, I’m not kidding.
Here it is, with thanks to Jihad Watch Deutschland:
Italien: Legalisierung der Vielehe gefordert
Mohamed Baha’ el-Din Ghrewati, langjÃ¤hriger Imam von Mailand, hat Ã¶ffentlich die Anerkennung der Vielehe (Polygamie) gefordert. Nur so kÃ¶nne die Diskriminierung muslimischer Frauen beendet und Rechtssicherheit fÃ¼r sie geschaffen werden.
Souad Sbai, eine Muslimin, die in der “Consulta” (einem Beratungsgremium von Muslimen) die italienische Regierung berÃ¤t, zeigte sich wenig erfreut Ã¼ber den VorstoÃŸ. (Quelle: adnkronos 22. Januar 2007)
In English: Mohammed Baha’ al-Din Ghrewati, long time imam of Milan, demanded publicly upon the Italian government to recognize Polygamy, since legalization was the only way to save Muslims from the legal minefield they find themselves in. Souad Sabai, chairwomen of an advisory body for Muslim women did not receive the Imam’s demands favorably….
Rome, 22 Jan. (AKI) – Souad Sbai, a leading member of Italy’s government-appointed body on Muslim affairs, the Consulta, slammed on Monday a controversial appeal launched the previous day by a representative of Italy’s largest Islamic group to make polygamy legal. “I am worried and concerned about the plea made last night,” said Sbai of the call made to the government on state television by Mohamed Baha’ el-Din Ghrewati, a former imam in Milan with the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy (UCOII), to legalise a practice today banned in Italy so as to ensure, he said, that the rights of women living in polygamous families are protected.
“I am concerned that it is possible to make through a national broadcaster the apology of this practice as happened yesterday,” said Sbai, who also heads the national association representing Moroccan women in Italy.
Sbai also said she means to place polygamy at the top of the agenda of an upcoming meeting of the Consulta.
Earlier this month Italy’s main paper Corriere della Sera published a front page article in which a woman accused the leader of UCOII Hamza Piccardo of having married her as his second wife in a religious ceremony at a mosque in the northern city of Verona.
Though a Muslim religious ceremony would not be recognised in Italy without a civil wedding, Corriere’s report sparked a controversy as UCOII and other Muslim groups had publicly condemned poligamy.