Muslim leaders refuse to become “an outlet” for the RN

Muslim leaders refuse to become “an outlet” for the RN

Several representatives of the Muslim faith and civil society warned on Wednesday July 3 against the extreme right’s project which according to them makes the Muslim “an outlet” And ” a scapegoat “.

At a press conference, these personalities launched a “Republican call” for a “mobilization of all” in the second round of the legislative elections, and for “defend republican values ​​at the ballot box, against the extreme right embodied in particular by the National Rally”.

“In recent years, in a manner as obvious as it is pernicious, the project and the language of the National Rally have been built on the invention of a fear and an antagonist: the Muslim.”said the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, Chems-eddine Hafiz. But “Our Muslim fellow citizens cannot serve as an outlet for the problems of our society, the causes of which lie elsewhere.”he added.

“Pernicious approach”

The rector of the Grand Mosque also called “all religious institutions, of all faiths, to assert themselves against the rise of the extreme right” wants “destroy the values ​​that our religions share”. He was also outraged that “The RN wants to set Muslims against the Jews of France”. “This is unacceptable, inadmissible and disrespectful.” And “We cannot accept this pernicious approach”he said.

Among the representatives of civil society present, Sadek Beloucif, professor of medicine at the Avicenne hospital and member of Forif (Forum of Islam of France), deplored the “Deleterious aims of the extreme right”.

“When we keep repeating that immigration, Islam and insecurity are the same thing, it amounts to making millions of people scapegoats.”he said.

Questioning equality

“This situation is worrying for all Muslims and for France”said Kamel Kabtane, rector of the Great Mosque of Lyon. Because “in this country which for centuries has known how to welcome, today we are talking for the first time about the right of the soil” and that “will apply mainly to Muslims”.

“For the first time in my life, like many, I feel a real risk of a breakdown in institutional trust”said Myriam Edjlali, professor of medicine at Raymond-Poincaré hospital.

“Equality is fundamental. But what we feel, and even more so with the rise of the RN, is a questioning of this notion of equality.”she added, calling for “not to separate individuals based on their origin, their religion”.

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