French president’s anti-Islamic attack angers local Muslim community

The Lajpaal Foundation led a peaceful march from the Gray Street Mosque after Jumma Salah (prayers) to City Hall last Friday. A memorandum was submitted to the town hall by the president of the foundation.

The protest came after French President Emmanuel Macron described Islam as a religion “in crisis” worldwide.

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This coincided with provocative images from Charlie Hebdo, infamous for publishing anti-Islamic cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad.

This sparked outrage across the Muslim world and many Christians also condemned his speech.

Many Muslim critics and leaders also condemned his speech and said that it creates a culture of hatred regarding religious beliefs and sanctities and that only breeds a culture of extremism and violence.

Boycott French products

The memorandum also included the boycott of French products. Many Muslim leaders have called for a boycott of French products and had them removed from some store shelves.

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In a press release, the foundation said: “As Muslims, we have never created caricatures of other religious leaders. Whereas Prophet Muhammad (peace_be_upon_him) was sent as an ambassador of peace and mercy. Bearing this in mind, Macron and those involved learned nothing from the past legacies of what had gone before. We pray and hope that they will stop these attacks against the Muslim community and the Prophet Muhammad. We thank all those who were present and asked us to continue to boycott France and its products until justice does not prevail.

For more information, contact the Lajpaal Foundation at 031-208-9592 or 074-927-8627.

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