Three organizations of the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM) unilaterally denounced the “charter of principles” of Islam which reaffirms the compatibility of the faith with France.
They disagreed with the text because it risks “weakening the bonds of trust” as well as “harming the honor of Muslims”.
The Coordination Committee of Turkish Muslims in France (CCMTF) and the Islamic Confederation of Milli Gorus (CMIG) as well as the Faith and Practice movement, announced on January 20 that they had not signed the charter which was approved and presented to President Emmanuel Macron.
They called for amendments to the text of the 10-point charter that Macron described as “the founding text of relations between the state, Islam and France”.
“We obviously agree with the requirement of non-interference by States, non-instrumentalization of religions and respect for the Constitution and the principles of the Republic,” said a joint statement. “However, we believe that certain passages and formulations of the submitted text are likely to weaken the bonds of trust between the Muslims of France and the Nation. In addition, certain statements undermine the honor of Muslims, with an accusatory character and marginalizing. “
The rejection of the charter comes as France is embroiled in a bitter feud with Islamic countries, including Turkey, over offensive caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
All three groups said the charter was approved without obtaining full consensus from other integral components of the CFCM, including regional and departmental councils, imams who will be affected by the decision. She cited the Great Mosque of Saint Denis de la Réunion, which is one of the founding components of the CFCM, refused to sign this charter.
After weeks of internal disagreements, the CFCM, a national body of nine associations, declared that it had reached an agreement on the text of the charter “rejecting foreign interference, political Islam and certain customary practices and on respect for the gender equality “. The agreement would pave the way for the formation of the National Council of Imams which will have the power to authorize the practice of imams.
The council will restrict the entry of imams from Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria, and 300 imams could be expelled, according to a report released by France 24.
The three organizations said that although they believe the imam’s advice is beneficial, it should derive its legitimacy from the Muslim population.
He stressed the need for “broad, democratic and participatory consultation” instead of usually signing the text that “the community cannot calmly accept”.
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