Political Observation - Macron Orders France’s Muslims to Apostatise

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Political Observation - Macron Orders France’s Muslims to Apostatise

“It is Satan who is trying to get you to fear his allies, so do not be afraid, but fear Me, if you are believers” [Aal-Imrân-175]

On Wednesday 18 November, French president Emmanuel Macron received leaders of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) and its unions to explore the outlines of establishing a National Council of Imams to be responsible for accrediting imams, and to draw a charter confirming that their religion is “not political”.

The office of the French president said Macron had asked his collocutors to draw up a new charter within fifteen days that must include recognition of the “values of the Republic” by which the CFCM and its nine unions must abide. The presidential office stressed also that Macron had given the Council’s officials a two-week ultimatum to draw up the charter.

Macron emphasised that the new charter should include an acknowledgement of the values of the republic, specify that Islam in France is a religion and not a political movement, and put an end to foreign involvement in French mosques.

This obviously places the Muslims in France before a test of their values; either they fall into the quagmire of liberal secularism and abandon their Aqeedah, the rules of their religion and their dignity, and consequently Muslim women would abandon their chastity, or face punishment. If this were not terrorism, what would terrorism be then? And if this were not an abuse of human dignity and freedom of creed of which Macron claims to be a protector, what would then be considered a violation of human dignity and what would then be viewed as protection of religious rights?

All Western countries dread the demographic expansion of the Muslims in Europe and America as much as they dread the erosion of their liberal values which, compared with the chastity and humanity of the Muslims, appear animalistic. Hence, it is very likely that this policy falls within the framework of confronting the Muslim demographic problem as well as tackling Islam itself. Investigative journalist Dr Nafeez Ahmed reported that “three months before the Trump campaign announced its Muslim ban, a man employed by a Conservative party lobby group linked to Boris Johnson told Trump advisor, Frank Gaffney, that a Muslim ban is the solution to the Muslim demographic timebomb”. Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, for his part told reporters after a cabinet meeting on 11 November 2020 that “In the fight against political Islam – the ideological basis behind it – we are going to create a criminal offense called ‘political Islam’ in order to be able to move against those who aren’t terrorists but are preparing the ground for it.”

In fact, the demands dictated by Macron to the leaders of the Islamic community could lead those who respond to them and believe in their content to committing flagrant Kufr; they could also enable Macron to overcome his domestic and foreign crises and give him the antidote he has been persistently seeking to fend off the domestic and foreign critics and lure the far-right movement. Abusing the dignity of the Muslims in Europe and harassing them could turn into a general policy for the European states and consequently, constraining the life of the Muslims and criminalising those who breach it.

If Macron had demanded from the Muslims not to interfere in ruling matters of the French republic, the issue would have been uncomplicated, but since he demanded from the Muslims to change their religion, they should not comply because the state of constraining duress does not apply to them. The most dangerous aspect of Macron’s undertaking is demanding the Muslims to acknowledge that their religion is not “political” and to recognise the “values of the French republic”, namely secularism, the religion of the French. The Muslims acknowledgement of Islam being devoid of politics is tantamount to denying conclusive texts of the noble Qur’an. Allah the Almighty says: “We have revealed to you the book, with the truth, so that you judge between people in accordance with what Allah has shown you. And do not be an advocate for the traitors.” [An-Nisa 105]; “His is the creation, and His is the command.” [Al-Aaraf-54]. Denying the conclusive text of the Qur’an is indisputably Kufr. Hence, the Muslims in France should realise that such an acknowledgement is apostasy from the religion of Allah the Almighty. They ought to hold on to their religion even if it led to their expulsion from France for Allah’s earth is wide enough. Allah the Almighty says: “Whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handle, which does not break. Allah is Hearing and Knowing.” [al-Baqarah-256]. They should not place the materialistic value ahead of the lasting spiritual value: “Say, If your parents, and your children, and your siblings, and your spouses, and your relatives, and the wealth you have acquired, and a business you worry about, and homes you love, are more dear to you than Allah, and His Messenger, and the struggle in His cause, then wait until Allah executes His judgment. And Allah does not guide the sinful people.” [al-Tawbah-24]

The appropriate response to the demands of Macron who has failed to be consistent with his doctrine and the constitution of his country which champions freedom of creed, simply because of his hatred towards Islam, is for the Muslims to be coherent with their Aqeedah and to hold on to their religion just like their prophet Yusuf did in the face of less than what Macron has demanded of them: “He said, My Lord, prison is more desirable to me than what they call me to.” [Yusuf-33]. They should not betray their Lord just to please him. Ibnu Hibban reported in his Sahih book that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said “Whoever seeks Allah's pleasure by the people's wrath, Allah will suffice him from the people. And whoever seeks the people's pleasure by Allah's wrath, Allah will entrust him to the people.”

Dear Muslims in France in particular and Western countries in general, be truthful to Allah so that He may be with you and support your religion and your prophet, and heal the hearts of your Ummah; and do not be like those that Allah the Almighty said about them: “Among the people are those who say, we believe in Allah and in the Last Day, but they are not believers.” [al-Baqarah-8]

4 Rabi’ al-Thani 1442h
19 November 2020