The president of the CFCM, Mohammed Moussaoui, deplored the “unilateral exit” of three federations of his organization which still refuse to sign the charter of Islam of France. The government excludes any renegotiation of the text.
Three Muslim federations slammed the door of the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM). On January 20, they reiterated their opposition to this text demanded by Emmanuel Macron, which, according to them, risks “weakening” confidence in Muslims. Promoter of this “charter of principles for Islam in France”, the president of the CFCM Mohammed Moussaoui replied on January 21 by assuring that these dissident federations “risk being made all responsible for this situation of division which is harmful to the organization. of Muslim worship ”.
“[Leur refus] is not likely to reassure our co-religionists on the state of the representative bodies of the Muslim religion ”, Mohammed Moussaoui continued in a press release.
These federations want to oppose the executive to Muslims, saying they are shocked by the fight against foreign interference
Questioned by AFP, the Ministry of the Interior also rejected the request of the dissident federations to amend the text. “They said they did not agree to sign it as is. Of which act, they are not signatories ”, indicated this source, excluding any renegotiation.
“These federations want to oppose the executive to Muslims by saying they are shocked by the fight against foreign interference. It is therefore not the Muslims that they are defending, ”added this source.
President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher (Les Républicains), for his part, invited the dissidents to “think carefully” about their decision. “Do they want to be near, outside of what we all want to share together?” He asked.
On January 20, the Franco-Turkish associations CCMTF and CIMG France as well as the tabligh, Faith and Practice movement denounced in a press release “certain declarations [contenues dans la charte qui] violate the honor of Muslims, with an accusatory and marginalizing character ”.
Political Islam, a stumbling block
According to a source close to the case cited by AFP, the main points of disagreement expressed by these federations relate to the definition of foreign “interference” and the precise definition of political Islam. However, this charter points the finger at certain movements: “The signatories are committed […] to refuse to take part in any process promoting what is known as “political Islam” […] This charter designates the political and / or ideological currents commonly called Salafism (Wahhabism), Tabligh as well as those linked to the thought of the Muslim Brotherhood and the nationalist currents which are attached to it. “
“In order to adopt this charter, we must recognize ourselves in its content. It would not be useful to sign a text that our community cannot calmly accept, ”write the three refractory organizations.
Another sensitive point, the JDD of December 26 affirms that “the currents of Islamist obedience refused to mention the words” apostasy “or its Arabic equivalent,” ar-ridda “”. However, these terms have indeed been included in the following paragraph: “The signatories undertake not to criminalize a renunciation of Islam, nor to qualify it” as apostasy “(ridda), much less to stigmatize or to call, directly or indirectly, to attack the physical or moral integrity of those who renounce a religion. “
The text of the charter also proscribes “interference” by foreign states in worship in France and reaffirms the “compatibility” of the Muslim faith with the Republic: “From a religious and ethical point of view, Muslims, who ‘they are nationals or foreign residents, are linked to France by a pact. This commits them to respect national cohesion, public order and the laws of the Republic ”, it is notably written.
This charter, initialed by five federations of the CFCM, was greeted on January 18 by Emmanuel Macron as a “clear and precise commitment in favor of the Republic”.