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Will the Muslim charter bring an end to political Islam in France?

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The big question is whether the famous Muslim charter by the French Council of the Muslim Cult will contribute to the end of political Islam in France? A French Muslim organisation wrote a charter and the French government hopes the charter will guide the Muslims on how to behave in the French society.

It is the killing of the French teacher Samuel Paty that led to the authorities pressuring the Muslims in France. In the end, the Muslim organisation came out with a rather controversial ‘charter’. Muslims are protesting against the charter. What is the current situation in France?

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday says the charter is, “A clear, clear and precise commitment in favour of the Republic.”

But whether it will achieve the aims behind the charter is still debatable.

If the charter is calling for the curtailing of the freedom of thinking of some Muslims in France, then it is a dangerous precedent. Is it not?

Nevetherless, for the readers who have no clue what is going in with this charter, we have to recap with the following.

The CFCM or the cult produced a charter which is welcomed by the Elysee Palace with Macron saying the text marks “an extremely important step” by allowing “a clarification of the organization of the Muslim worship”.

The president said that during a meeting with the officials of the CFCM at the Elysee Palace, on the day of the beginning. of the examination of the bill against separatism. 

This charter “is really a founding text in the relationship between the State and the Islam of France”, says Macron.

This charter “says clearly that the principles of the Muslim faith are completely compatible with the principles of the Republic.” 

This is the belief of the president of the CFCM Mohammed Moussaoui.

Is the aim of the text is to get France to stop equating, “Islam in general with the terrorist threat?”

Or is it an attempt to kill the debate among Muslims on the political rights of Islam in a secular state like France?

Will it stop the beheading of anyone who does not agree with the Muslims on the sanctity of their faith and the icons of Islam?

French Muslims are protesting and this only the beginning of a long arduous road to tame the shrew if there is any.

Courtesy of the French media, we present to you the main points of this text composed of ten articles.

ISLAMIC VALUES?

The preamble affirms “that neither our religious convictions nor any other reason can supplant the principles which are the basis of the law and the Constitution of the Republic”. 

In its article 1, the charter proclaims that “Islamic values ​​and the principles of law applicable in the Republic are perfectly compatible” between them. 

According to its drafters, the charter falls under “the writing of an important page in the history of France” and must “help to establish peaceful and confident relations between the national community” and “all Muslims”. 

Respect for secularism: The charter enshrines “freedom of conscience” and “the principle of secularism which allows each citizen to believe or not to believe, to practice the worship of his choice and to change his religion”. 

Its signatories thus commit themselves “not to criminalize a renunciation of Islam, nor to qualify it” of apostasy”, a provision at the heart of recent dissensions within the CFCM says the Nouvelle Observateurs. 

The writers say they based their text on extracts from the Koran on protests against “abusive proselytism” which “is contrary to the freedom of reason and of the heart which characterizes the dignity of man”. 

In an allusion to Samuel Paty, professor assassinated in October, the charter underlines “the essential role of the teacher in our society” and calls for the resolution of “conflicts or disagreements ”through“ dialogue ”and,“ as a last resort ”, to the courts.

On gender equality, it says, “Gender equality is a fundamental principle also attested by the Quranic text,” says the charter.  

“We are therefore committed to ensuring that this principle of equality is respected in accordance with the laws of the Republic by reminding the faithful […] that certain allegedly Muslim cultural practices do not fall within the scope of Islam”, the text continues without giving further details. 

The signatories, therefore, affirm the rejection of “any discrimination based on religion, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, state of health or disability”. 

According to them, “all forms of racism […] are the expression of a degradation of mind and heart.”

 

END OF POLITICAL ISLAM?

Political Islam is present in the charter and it is possibly the core of the text.

The writers show to the French politicians in power they are following their ruling and expectations when they set the objective of “combating any form of instrumentalization of Islam for political ends”. 

“We fight with determination against any movement or ideology whose project diverts our religion from its true object and tries to create power relations and fractures in our society,” the authors write. 

“We do not want places of worship to be used to broadcast political speeches or to import conflicts that take place in other parts of the world,” it says. 

Places of worship must therefore not be used for “the dissemination of speeches defending foreign regimes and supporting foreign policies hostile to France. 

The signatories also pledge to use more “national funds” for their places of worship and to “clearly reject any interference from abroad in the management of their mosques and the mission of their imams.” 

Referring to anti-Muslim acts, the charter assures that they are “the work of an extremist minority which should not be confused with either the state or the French people”. 

Supported in particular by certain indigenous NGOs, “the denunciations of an alleged state racism, like all victimhood postures, amount to defamation” and “exacerbate both anti-Muslim hatred and hatred of France”, says the charter writers.

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