Jihad van liefde

Lieve Stad, 2023

Jihad van liefde

Meervaart / Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest / George & Eran Producties


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Jihad van liefde
Meervaart / Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest / George & Eran Producties

Jihad van Liefde is a musical story based on the book of the same name. In it, David Van Reybrouck chronicled the moving story of Mohamed El Bachiri. This metro driver from Molenbeek, Belgium, lost his great love and mother of his three children in the terror attack in the Brussels metro on 22 March 2016.

Festival Lieve Stad,
Location ITA - Grote zaal

Run time 90 minutes
Genre Theatre

Jihad van Liefde

As a Moroccan and Muslim, Mohamed El Bachiri was a potential perpetrator in the eyes of some, but he did not get carried away by the hurricane of opinions and media violence that followed immediately after the tragedy. The impressive book and his inspiring and hopeful call for compassion on television expressed his love, grief and resilience.

De Meervaart, in collaboration with George & Eran Productions and the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra, brings this important book to the stage.
Played by actor Mohammed Azaay, Jihad of Love is a raw, musical and inspiring performance about an ordinary man who - struck by fate - forces himself into an almost superhuman thought. A man who fights hate with love and remains human even though something inhuman has been done to him. An extraordinary story about love, pain and reconciliation.



'In Sarah Ringoet's adaptation and Eran Ben-Michael's direction, it has become a theatrical document that hits you straight in the heart.'

de Volkskrant

'Jihad van Liefde is a brilliant blend of grief, anger and purification.'


'Hatred and sorrow turned into a story of love... that story is great'


'Wonderful demonstration of faith in the goodness of people, pure love and hope.'


'In a world of increasing polarisation, Jihad van Liefde is an island of mercy.'


'A gripping story convincingly told.'


text and adaptation Sarah Ringoet
music Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra
directed by Eran Ben Michaël (George & Eran Productions)
scenography “Silent Fragments of an Explosion…in the mind” door Kouwenhoven&Kranendonk
with Mohammed Azaay
producer Meervaart in collaboration with Amsterdam Andalusisch Orkest and George & Eran Producties
tour planning and publicity material Senf Theater, Delft

17 - 26 March

Festival Lieve Stad,

Amsterdam is a city of many faces, literally, because we live here together with many different nationalities. Lieve Stad is about the city and all its inhabitants. This festival, a collaboration between ITA and Meervaart, is about bringing people together, in the city, in the theatre, in society. How do we live together and what stories do all individuals and groups carry with them? They all have their own stories, strengths and challenges. Showing these is the starting point of Lieve Stad,.