13 Arab and Islamic Countries Condemning France’s Abuses Against Islam (Box)

Attitudes against continuing abuse have moved from a popular level to official condemnation, through statements issued by foreign ministries

27.10.2020

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Arab and Islamic countries have condemned the hate speech and abuse made by French President Emmanuel Macron against Islam and Muslims, which touched the personality of the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.

And the positions against the continuation of the offense moved from a popular level to an official condemnation, through statements issued by the foreign ministries in a number of Arab and Islamic countries.

During the past few days, France witnessed the publication of insulting pictures and drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, on the facades of buildings in France, which Arab and Islamic countries met with launching campaigns to boycott French products and goods.

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أدانت دول عربية وإسلامية، خطابات الكراهية والإساءة التي أدلى بها الرئيس الفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون، ضد الإسلام والمسلمين، والتي مست شخصية النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم.

وانتقلت المواقف ضد استمرار الإساءة من مستوى شعبي إلى إدانة رسمية عبر بيانات صدرت عن وزارات الخارجية في عدد من دول العالم العربي والإسلامي.

وشهدت فرنسا خلال الأيام الماضية، نشر صور ورسوم مسيئة للنبي محمد عليه الصلاة والسلام، على واجهات مبانٍ في فرنسا، وهو ما قابلته دول عربية وإسلامية بإطلاق حملات مقاطعة المنتجات والبضائع الفرنسية

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And last Wednesday, Macron said in a press statement, that France will not abandon “the (offensive) cartoons, which sparked a wave of anger throughout the Islamic world.”

On Sunday, Macron reaffirmed his position through a tweet on his account in Arabic, in which he said, “Nothing will make us back down, never. We respect all differences in the spirit of peace. We never accept hate speech and defend rational debate. We will always stand by human dignity and universal values.”

In Turkey, the rejection came at a presidential level issued by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who on more than one occasion condemned Macron’s statements.

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After Macron’s racist statements, Erdogan stressed that the latter “needs to test his mental capabilities,” calling on his country’s people to boycott French products against the backdrop of French calls to boycott Turkish products.

In Qatar, a statement was issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemning the “significant escalation of populist rhetoric that incites the abuse of religions,” affirming its total rejection of all forms of hate speech based on belief, race or religion.

She said, “The inflammatory rhetoric has witnessed a dangerous turning point with continuing institutional and systematic calls to repeat the targeting of nearly two billion Muslims around the world by deliberately offending the person of the noble Messenger.”

In Jordan, Foreign Ministry spokesman Dhaifallah Ali Al-Fayez said, “The kingdom condemns the continued publication of such cartoons and expresses its deep dissatisfaction with these practices.”

Al-Fayez said in a statement published by the ministry, that these practices “constitute a clear targeting of religious symbols, beliefs and sanctities, and a flagrant violation of the principles of respect for others and their beliefs.”

In Morocco, the Kingdom denounced these actions “which reflect the lack of maturity of the perpetrators, and it reiterates that the freedom of the individual ends where the freedom of others and their beliefs begins.”

She emphasized that “freedom of expression cannot justify the provocation and offensive attacks on the Islamic religion, which is condemned by more than two billion people in the world,” stressing that it “denounces these provocations that offend the sanctity of the Islamic religion.”

In Kuwait, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced its support for the statement of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which “expresses the entire Islamic nation and its comprehensive contents rejecting those abuses and practices.”

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In a statement, the ministry warned, “against supporting and continuing these offenses, whether for all monotheistic religions or the messengers, peace be upon them, by some official political speeches.”

In Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Press Agency, “SPA”, citing an official source in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that “Riyadh rejects any attempt to link Islam and terrorism,” and “condemns every terrorist act, regardless of its perpetrator.”

In Algeria, the Islamic Supreme Council of the Presidency said that it “strongly condemns the frenzied campaign in France against the personality of our master Muhammad Khair Khalq Allah, the symbol of tolerance, acquaintance and coexistence, and the true Islamic religion that is embraced by hundreds of millions in all continents.”

In a statement, he called on “the sages of the world, religious organizations, human rights bodies and interfaith dialogue to confront this inhuman extremist discourse.”

In Iraq, the Iraqi parliament condemned, in its session on Monday, the insulting of the Prophet Muhammad through “offensive cartoons” in France.

The Parliament’s Media Department said in a statement, “The House of Representatives condemned the insult to the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace.”

In Libya, the Government of National Accord strongly denounced Macron’s statements that “fuel feelings of hatred for the sake of partisan political gains.”

“We remind the French president of the declaration of the European Court of Human Rights issued in 2018 that insulting the noble Prophet does not fall under freedom of expression,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohamed Al-Qiblawi.

Al-Qiblawi called on the French president to refrain from his provocative statements and to apologize to more than a billion Muslims, including French, noting that the extremism that Peg takes for insulting it has nothing to do with the Islamic religion.

In Mauritania, Nouakchott expressed its great dissatisfaction with the incitement to the religion of Islam and the provocation of Muslim feelings by insulting the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Mauritanians abroad, it condemned “this behavior that is inconsistent with freedom of expression,” affirming its adoption of the statement issued by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in this regard.

In Yemen, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned on its official page via Twitter, and on the words of its Minister, Muhammad Al-Hadrami, the French offense, stressing that it is an offense to all the feelings of Muslims and Muslims.

Al-Hadrami pointed out that these repeated abuses “would encourage violence, terrorism and extremism,” stressing that “this cannot be justified or encouraged in any way, under the pretext of freedom of expression.”

In Pakistan, a spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry announced that the French ambassador to Islamabad had been summoned to denounce the “Islamophobia” campaign, a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statements in which he said that Macron “attacked Islam.”

Prior to that, the National Assembly of Pakistan (the first chamber of parliament) condemned the hate speech and abuse made by Macron against Islam and Muslims, as well as unanimously condemned the French cartoons.

In Iran, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif considered, in a tweet on Twitter, the cartoons insulting to Islamic holy sites and Muslims as an exploitation of freedom of expression.

Zarif expressed his rejection of the cartoons insulting to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the targeting of Muslims by French officials under the guise of freedom of expression, considering that “insulting the Islamic sanctities only contributes to feeding extremism.”

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