Le Figaro Reports that 70% of French Muslims will Fast during Ramadan, many young people

With the beginning of Ramadan, Le Figaro reports that almost 70% of French Muslims will fast, many of them in the concentrated suburbs. Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Mosque of Paris, notes that since the 1990s, young people especially are evident in their Ramadan participation. A 2004 report suggested that fasting has had negative effects on the ability of students to perform in public schools.

Le Figaro Reports that 70% of French Muslims will Fast during Ramadan, many young people

With the beginning of Ramadan, Le Figaro reports from an IFOP survey that almost 70% of French Muslims will fast, many of them in the concentrated suburbs. Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Mosque of Paris, notes that since the 1990s, young people especially are evident in their Ramadan participation. A 2004 report suggested that fasting has had negative effects on the ability of students to perform in public schools.

Coca-Cola Certified as Halal by Mosque of Paris

With the widespread rumor that it contains alcohol, Coca-Cola has sought halal certification. This Le Figaro article reports that after some hesitations, Coca-Cola France sought the assistance of the certification organization of the mosque of Paris, whose spokesperson announced that “Coca Cola is without alcohol and therefore halal.” Still, concern among French Muslims with the company’s Middle Eastern politics prevails. The Union of Muslim Associations of Seine-Saint-Denis, for instance, announced that families avoid the product for precautionary measures.

CFCM Condemns Protest Against Boubakeur In Front of the Paris Mosque

The French Council of the Muslim Faith (Conseil français du Culte Musulman) has firmly condemned the call to protest the Mosque of Paris’ rector and former head of the CFCM, Dalil Boubakeur, in response to his characterization of Israel in the touristic magazine, SVP-Israël.

CCFM Coordinates Memorial for Air France 447 Victims at the Paris Mosque

The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CCFM) organized a memorial for the victims of the Air France 447 crash at the Mosque of Paris. Muslims also participated in an ecumenical vigil with Nicolas Sarkozy at the Notre-Dame de Paris.

Paris Grand Mosque To Boycott French Muslim Council Vote

Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris and leader of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) since 2003, announced the Paris Grand Mosque will boycott the June 8, 2008 vote. Boubakeur has said, This is no way to organize Islam in France because larger, older mosques will be privileged in the voting schema. Until press date, president Sarkozy has not intervened or commented on the affair…

Muslims training at Catholic university begins

The training of Muslims by the Catholic Institute of Paris began on January 29th, in a course on rhetoric. Twenty-three people registered for the course, mainly from the Mosque of Paris, a partner in this unique initiative. Students include those of Algerian, Moroccan, and Tunisian descent, and also several women who are interested in hospital and prison chaplaincies. Theoretically the program is the equivalent of a baccalaureate +2, however this first year is designed as an experiment.

Secularization project for French Muslim theological students

The Catholic Institute of Paris, in conjunction with the Grand Mosque of Paris, will offer a government-sponsored two-semester course beginning in January for thirty student imams to complete their religious training. The course, entitled Religions, Secularism, Interculturality will offer 400 hours of accredited instruction in four subject areas – general culture, legislative matters, openness and the human sciences, and intercultural exchange.

Caricatures : Muslim Organizations Hesitate to Begin Systematic Legal Suits

The Grand Mosque of Paris, the Union of Islamic Organizations in France, and the Global Islamic League brought complaint against the weekly magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, after its publication of the Danish caricatures of the prophet Mohammed in February 2006…

The Grand Mosque of Paris brings suit against « Charlie Hebdo »

Can the French justice system guarantee the “defense of the dignity of the Muslim religion”? The president of the French Council for the Muslim Religion (CFCM) thinks so. The CFCM president is Dalil Boubakeur, who is also rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris. One illustration, he says, is the court case which begins Wednesday, February 7 against “Charlie Hebdo”, following the magazine’s publication of the Danish artists’ caricatures of the prophet Muhammad. The Grand Mosque and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France (UOIF) made a complaint against the French magazine for “public injury to the dignity of a group of people on account of their religion.”