Being a Muslim in France today is not an enviable thing. France’s treatment of Muslims is only second to the countries in the Middle East and Myanmar, you could say it’s on its way to how China treats the Uighur Muslims. Religious freedoms wither away on a daily basis.
Think this is an exaggeration?! Just a few weeks ago, the CFCM (le Conseil Français du Culte Musulman, or FCMF French Council of the Muslim Faith) presented a charter of principles of Islam to the French president Macron. Evidently, this charter was met with open arms and received glowing reviews from the government, especially from Darmanin, the minister of interior (the same guy that wanted to ban Halal products from shelves). Obviously, if the French government is satisfied with this charter, you know that it must stink to high heaven. So before going into detail about the content, let’s see what exactly is the CFCM.
It was created by then minister of the interior at the time, Sarkozy, the same guy who categorized the youth protestors/rioters against police brutality as scum. This government founded organization does not represent the entire Muslim community, it foremost represents the largest mosques in area and doesn’t really curtail to the smaller mosques in the suburbs or the Muslims in the regions. Plus three of the nine associations within this organization refused to sign on this charter underlining that it undermines the honor of French Muslims. However, the French government uses the CFCM to give its new “French Islam” credibility. It’s the equivalent of getting 1000 likes on your Facebook page, but from users that all have the same IP address and profile names that look like V0ertz$. More on seeking legitimacy, to counter the boycott of French products in predominantly Muslim countries, Macron met with Egypt’s president Sisi. Can you imagine stooping down to that level just to shore up some support in the Middle East, and from who? Sisi!!! The same guy that Ex-president Trump used to call: “My favorite dictator”. La République must be real desperate when the best they can do is Sisi. Now that the CFCM has no legitimacy, let’s still take a look at some of its proposed articles.
“We solemnly proclaim our adherence to this charter designed to clarify the foundations of our mission in relation to republican values. In doing so, we reaffirm from the outset that neither our religious convictions nor any other reason can supersede the principles that underpin the law and the Constitution of the Republic.”
Charter of Principles of Islam in France, Preamble, CFCM.
At first glance, this might seem normal, and generally speaking, a Muslim is bound to follow laws and rules even not found in his religion as long as these rules do not go against what Allah has prescribed for his servants. And when it comes to the limits of Allah, they are mostly on an individual basis, which does not go against traditional democratic constitutions. However, this article has a hidden agenda, one that puts Allah’s word and the example of the prophet Muhammad (ppuh) below the republic’s word: justice is the republic and falsehood is Allah (May Allah disgrace them in this life and the later life), thus legitimizing changing the principles of Islam. Something the French government cannot do on its own but can do if a “French Muslim” organization gives the green light. Can you imagine accepting this principle, by doing so, you have just obliterated any religion, putting a human charter before your creator negates faith altogether, something atheists and secularists will only be all too grateful for.
Next on the list:
“The principle of equality before the law obliges us to comply with the common rules and make them prevail over all norms and rules including those derived from our religious beliefs and/or interpretations.”
Charter of Principles of Islam in France, Article 2, CFCM.
It is as if Muslims are trying to force the French population into following the Sharia, which is not the case. It is as if Muslims are trying to force the French population into submission, which is not the case. It is as if Muslims have supremacy over France, which is not the case. Or even worse, imposing Halal meat… Muslims have never imposed their religion on anyone throughout history, because:
There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion…
Surah Al-Baqarah (2 – 256)
It has always been the other way around and still is in France today! All that is asked from Muslims in France is to be left with their GOD-GIVEN RIGHT to practice their rituals and individual practices that do not implicate or involve the nation as a whole. Unfortunately, this RIGHT is also being taken away.
The ramifications of such a principle are not to be taken lightly. If the French state says that Muslim parents are trying to instill in their children the undermining of the Republic’s values, will these kids be whisked away to be taught “True French Morals”? Don’t think that this is so far off… This is the same France that encourages the liberty of teaching that insulting the prophet Muhammad is freedom of speech and: “if parents look to a teacher and tell him to stop teaching cartooning in the free speech class, tomorrow it will be a criminal offense. And a judge will be able to say, if you are foreigners and you are sentenced to this crime, you will leave the national territory.” Not my words, but the ones of Darmanin. The same France that encourages polyamory, infidelity, and threesomes, but condemns polygamous marriages. Having multiple girlfriends is cool, cheating on your wife is okay, swingers are top-notch, three… hey, the more the marrier! However, marrying another woman is forbidden by French law. Not my words, but the ones of Marlène Schiappa, Minister Delegate for Citizenship. All I have to comment on this is what Lot’s people said to him:
“Expel the family of Lot from your city. Indeed, they are people who keep themselves pure.”
Surah An-Naml (27 – 56)
“Abusive preaching that oppresses consciences is contrary to the freedom of reason and heart that characterizes the dignity of Man.”
Charter of Principles of Islam in France, Article 3, CFCM.
Now, is this supposed to apply to the French government or to Muslims!?! So, as a Muslim, a cornerstone of your belief is to call people to Islam, preach Islam in tongue and in manner… seems like you can’t do that anymore. However, the state can do that since they are the reason and conscience of the people… See where I was going with Muslims in France becoming like the Uighur Muslims in China.
This is the world we are living in. You conform to a hegemony, then you are a moderate Muslim; you oppose, then you are an extremist. As Allah has mentioned the disbelievers saying:
“We will surely drive you out of our land, or you must return to our religion.”
Surah Ibrahim (14 – 13)
Our Muslim brothers and sisters in France are in need of our support, our hearts, and especially our voices. So it is not the time to say, what can one person do. Use your thumbs and tweet.
#ONSTP #StopLoiSéparatisme #StopFrenchIslamophobia