French Muslim officials condemn the attacks and recall their attachment to France

“There are times when we must stand in solidarity with our country, which has been undergoing unjustified attacks for several weeks. This situation returns each citizen to his conscience and his responsibilities. "

Tkings of Muslim federations and three Grand Mosques have published a joint declaration, Monday November 2 in the form of a quadruple conviction.

A statement that comes both in the context of anti-French demonstrations and calls for a boycott of French products that are taking place in several Muslim countries, such as the Bangladesh. And also, after the attacks perpetrated by Islamist terrorists which took place just over ten days apart in France, the assassination of Samuel paty and the fatal attack on Nice.

The text, which has been translated into English and Arabic, opens with a very solemn introduction: “There are moments of truth in the history of Nations and in that of Men. "

“There are times when citizens all together must build their destiny in the Nation they have chosen or which saw them born and grow.
There are times when we must show solidarity with our country, which has been undergoing unjustified attacks for several weeks. This situation returns each citizen to his conscience and his responsibilities. "

With this introduction, the signatories wish to reaffirm their attachment to France, Nation "which they have chosen or which saw them born and grow".

The declaration was signed by the Rassemblement des Musulmans de France (RMF), the French Federation of African Islamic Associations of the Antilles and the Comoros (FFAIACA), the Coordination of Muslim Associations of Paris (CAP) as well as by the Grandes mosques of Lyon, Paris, Reunion Island and Saint-Denis.

They firmly condemn "terrorism and any form of violence expressed in the name of Islam", as well as "all those who instrumentalize Islam for political, diplomatic or mercantile ends", they develop their point by affirming that Islam is "a religion and not an adjustment variable to fuel populist discourse with often disastrous consequences".

They also condemn the “unjustified calls for a boycott of French products” recalling that France is a free country where “the President of the Republic cannot impose on a press organ the publication or non-publication of a drawing or 'a caricature ". Finally, they denounce the "calls for murder launched by foreign officials" and reaffirm secularism as "an essential value" which allows religions, including Islam "to flourish in France".

Finally, they call on the authorities to take "strong measures so that the Muslim component of France, which has largely condemned the recent terrorist acts, is not amalgamated with the sowers of hatred".

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