CAIR Joins Call for Removing Confederate Flag from South Carolina Capitol

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/21/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today added its voice to calls for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol.
While the controversy over the flag – which for many Americans is a symbol of racial hatred and oppression – has been raging for decades, that debate was reignited by the killing of nine worshipers at a historic Charleston, S.C., church.

Forum on Islam at Assembly: “That’s enough!”

One of the French Council of the Muslim Faith’s leaders, Abdallah Zekri, severely criticized the forum at the National Assembly during “Republic and Islam,” an initiative by deputy and former socialist minister Jean Glavany.

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“We believe that the initiative by Nicolas Sarkozy’s party (June 4) stigmatized Muslims. I wish to tell Mr. Glavany to stop solely focusing on Islam, which is not responsible for all the country’s problems,” said Zekri.

At Jean Glavany’s initiative, a strong supporter of French secularism, a forum met entitled “Republic and Islam: together, approaching the challenge.” According to the invitation extended to the press, the first section aimed to address politicians. He denounced the “exclusionary discourse” which hoped to “use secularism to divert its direction and scope.” The second component addressed French Muslims who “have not yet collectively made an effort to adapt to French society.” Attendees hoped to “help construct a peaceful relationship with the Republic by promoting an Islam of French as an Enlightenment Islam, modern and tolerant.”

“We are Republicans, we respect secularism, the 1905 law suits us perfectly. Now, I say that’s enough,” responded Zekri. “Mr. Glavany is part of the majority. Instead of taking such initiatives, he should approach Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who addressed the problems facing French Muslims last Monday at the dialogue forum, with which the government is evidently doing its part,” he added.

“Leave Muslims in peace, especially during the month of Ramadan, which is a month of appeasement and sharing,” he added.


Muslim Theological Council of France delivers its wishes (official statement)

Statement by the Muslim Theological Council of France (CTMF) for the beginning of Ramadan 2015.

“ ‘O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.’ (Coran, chapter 2, v. 183)

‘The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Coran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.’  (Coran, chapter 2, v. 185).

The Prophet (May Allah honor him and grant him peace): ‘Whoever observes Ramadan well, expecting the reward from God, his past sins are forgiven.’

At the time of the blessed month of Ramadan the Muslim Theological Council of France delivers its best wishes to all the world’s Muslims, and in particular the Muslims of France, by wishing them an agreeable fast and worship in mediation. It prays that this blessed month is a month of forgiveness and atonement.

The Theological Council reminds that the month of Ramadan is the month during which the Coran was revealed. For this reason, it invites Muslims to pay particular attention to the Book of God these days and nights through recitation and meditation. Ramadan is also the month of prayer, recollection, and invocation, the month of morality, kindness, pardoning of others, the month of generosity, sharing, helping the poor, the needy, orphans and refugees and victims of war, from misery and poverty throughout the world.

The Theological Council advises those Muslims of France to remember the purpose of fasting in hopes to attain piety and spiritual growth, and to use this month as an occasion for gathering among themselves and their fellow citizens. It is essential to spare neighbors any discomfort this month when going to the mosque, notably for nighttime prayers. Good neighborliness is an act of faith and charity.”

May God give us the blessing of this month and approve of our fasting and prayers.

Paris, June 17, 2015

Muslim Theological Council of France (CTMF)

Marmiton website flooded with insults after publishing ‘Ramadan recipes’

A culinary site was flooded by Islamophobic comments after offering recipes for Ramadan which began June 18.

The controversy began after a simple comment posted on the first day. The site, which has more than 60,000 recipes, published a list of recipes for Ramadan. “Today is the first day of Ramadan. Here is our selection of recipes for the occasion. Happy Ramadan to all” reads the message on the site’s Facebook and Twitter pages. In the span of several hours, many readers reacted to the article and posted racist and Islamophobic comments.Ramadan Food

Certain readers found fault with the statement “happy Ramadan to all,” stating that not everyone was Muslim and therefore the statement didn’t apply to them. “Who cares about Ramadan, we shouldn’t even talk about it, we’re in France” read one comment. Another reader described a “betrayal” of “the French culinary tradition.” Others rebuked the site for a “double standard” for not posting recipes for other religious holidays or the Appeal of June 18.

French official resigns, says he can’t get a second chance ‘as a Muslim’

A French official resigned Sunday from the Socialist Party’s administrative body, just a day after he was appointed to the post, saying he was being discriminated against as a Muslim.

The official, Yacine Chaouat, was convicted for domestic violence in March 2010 and received a six-month suspended sentence. He promptly resigned from his job as deputy mayor of the 19th arrondissement or neighborhood in Paris, French newspaper Le Parisien reported.

Sunday’s announcement that he was being appointed as deputy national secretary for integration in the Socialist Party outrage on social media and calls for him to renounce the position.

“I’m the subject of attacks on social networks and since that also reflects on the entire Socialist Party, I submitted my resignation from this post. I made a mistake six years ago, and justice was done. After paying my debt, I regret that people wish to apply a double penalty to me,” Chaouat said in a statement Sunday night.

“It is with sadness that I note that in France today, one does not have the right to a second chance when one is Muslim,” he said.

One of the calls for Chaouat’s resignation came from former Socialist Party minister Aurélie Filippetti, who told French channel BFM TV that Chaouat “should resign or be resigned.”

Others drew attention to what the appointment had signaled in the context of gender violence.

“The (Socialist Party) must quickly clarify its position on violence against women: no impunity, no excuses by elected officials,” said Valérie Debord, a deputy secretary general of France’s opposition Les Republicains party.