- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Sharia committee in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo issued a fatwa banning croissants because of the crescent shape’s offensive link to colonialism, according to the Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat.

The ruling said that the buttery baked good celebrates the European victory over the Muslims, as the crescent is a slogan of the Islamic state, the Jerusalem Post reported.

According to the report, the fatwa signals the Islamization of Syria in areas controlled by the rebels. Fatwas of these kind were typically uncommon in Aleppo before. Earlier this month, a sharia committee in the city issued a fatwa banning Muslim women from wearing makeup and tight clothes “that reveal physical features from going out.”

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Samir Nashar, a member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, told the Asharq al-Awsat that these extremist trends need to be resisted.