The Union of Islamic Communities in Italy (Ucoii) has issued a fatwa on forced marriages in relation to the case of the young Saman Abbas, a Pakistani girl who disappeared in the Reggio area, in Novellara, where her family resides. The statement states that the religious opinion, formulated and issued in concert with the Commission for the Fatwa of the Italian Association of Imams and Religious Guides, “stems from the desire to reaffirm and raise awareness of a tribal practice that cannot find any religious justification , to strengthen the commitment of communities in contrasting and preventing tribal acts which, in addition to being contrary to the legal order of our country, are also in full contrast with Islamic doctrine “. Citing some hadiths and references in the Koran, the fatwa underlines that “no type of taxation can be used in matters of marriage and that forced marriage contracts have no validity”. “This – it is specified – does not take away the right of parents to express non-binding opinions and advice in the marriage decisions of their sons and daughters, in order to make family relations more stable and lasting “. The reaction of the FDI leader, Giorgia Meloni, lasts. “Sharia is imposed in Italy as in Isis. UCOII, the self-styled ‘Union of Islamic Communities in Italy’, so dear to the left while representing only the most extremist part of Muslims residing in Italy, tries to pass a principle very serious – writes Meloni – Taking the Saman story as a pretext, the young Pakistani woman who disappeared after refusing an arranged marriage, has issued a fatwa to establish ‘the illegality of forced marriages in Islam’. Fatwas are legal interpretations of the Koranic law and make them the religious authorities in Islamic states “. “The UCOII – he adds – an Islamic association close to the Muslim Brotherhood, is convinced that it has the power to dictate the law in our system and to recognize Islamic separatism. Absurd news that has created scandal even in other Muslim states and that causes the fall of the Italy in ridicule. In Italy the laws of the Republic are respected and there is no room, for any reason, for parallel legislation of a Koranic type. We expect strong censorship from the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior, so that all this does not constitute a very dangerous precedent “.