‘He tainted Islam’: Muslim community refuses to bury French priest killer

The Muslim community in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in northern France, where two jihadists slit Father Jacques Hamel’s throat, is refusing to bury one of the attackers, saying that he put a stain on Islam, the French media reported.

Algerian-born 19-year-old Adel Kermiche was one of the two attackers who killed the 85-year-old priest and seriously injured an elderly parishioner. A French citizen, he was living in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray and attempted to join Islamic jihadists in Syria back in 2015.

“We’re not going to taint Islam with this person,” Mohammed Karabila, a leader at a local mosque, told Le Parisien, “We won’t participate in preparing the body [for the burial] or the burial.”

A Muslim worshiper, Khalid El Amrani, supported the move, saying that the refusal to bury the terrorist is “normal.”

“What this young man did is sinful,” the 25-year-old engineer said, “He is no longer part of our community.”

Now it is up to the local authorities to decide how to issue the burial permit for Kermiche.

Father Hamel was killed on Tuesday after having his throat slit during a hostage situation at the local church. French police killed the attackers, Kermiche and 19-year-old Abdel Malik Petitjean, as they tried to flee the 17th century Catholic Church.

A Muslim worshiper, Khalid El Amrani, supported the move, saying that the refusal to bury the terrorist is “normal.”

“What this young man did is sinful,” the 25-year-old engineer said, “He is no longer part of our community.” Now it is up to the local authorities to decide how to issue the burial permit for Kermiche.

Father Hamel was killed on Tuesday after having his throat slit during a hostage situation at the local church. French police killed the attackers, Kermiche and 19-year-old Abdel Malik Petitjean, as they tried to flee the 17th century Catholic Church.

The pair had previously pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group, who subsequently claimed responsibility for the attack.

Following the tragedy French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said he was considering a temporary ban on the foreign financing of mosques. Valls said France needed to re-think its relationship with Islam. On Sunday Muslims attended Catholic Mass in churches across France and abroad. Up to 200 Muslims gathered at the towering Gothic cathedral in Rouen, only a few kilometers from Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.

“We’re very touched,” Archbishop Dominique Lebrun told broadcaster BFMTV.

“It’s an important gesture of fraternity. They’ve told us, and I think they’re sincere, that it’s not Islam which killed Jacques Hamel.”

At Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Paris Mosque, said that Muslims want to live in peace.

“The situation is serious,” he said. “The time has come, to come together, so as not to be divided.” The move to attend the Catholic services was made by the French Council for the Muslim Faith (CFCM), which dubbed the attack as a “cowardly assassination.”

The Muslims should “show our Christian brothers the solidarity and compassion of France’s Muslims in the wake of this new tragedy that has struck our country through an attack on a place of worship,” the group said.

France has been on high alert following a deadly attack in Nice on July 14. At least 84 people were killed when a truck plowed through a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations. Weapons and grenades were found in the vehicle following the rampage. Several days later a news agency linked to IS released a statement in which the group claimed responsibility for the attack.

New stamp to mark 90th anniversary of Paris Mosque

News Agencies – February 10, 2012

The French postal service will mark the 90th anniversary of the completion of the Paris Grand Mosque with a new stamp. The stamp will be launched with a ceremony at the Grand Mosque. A temporary post office will be set up at the mosque to sell the first day of issue stamps.

News Agencies – March 16, 2011

Religious leaders, politicians and heads of suburban organizations met at the initiative of the national federation of the Paris Mosque, the Council of Democratic Muslims in France and the Banlieues Respect Collective in order to decide on action against the planned debate on secularism.

Banlieues Respect says that such a debate will lead to laws stigmatizing Muslims, and in the spirit of inter-religious solidarity, requested the Church of France to make its empty churches available for Friday prayer, so that Muslims won’t pray in the streets and be held hostage by politicians.

Paris Mosque Critiques Fast Food Chain’s Halal Expansion

News Agencies – September 2, 2010
22 outlets of popular French fast food chain Quick are serving burgers it says respect Islamic dietary law. While many Muslims are delighted, the Paris Mosque suggested that Quick’s criteria aren’t all-encompassing enough. Quick’s meat is certified as halal, but Cheikh Al Sid Cheikh, assistant to the rector of the Paris Mosque, said the burger chain should have had the other ingredients checked as well, from its mustard to buns to fries.
Quick responded that it has no intention of making any of its restaurants halal through-and-through — beer is still served there, for example, said spokeswoman Valerie Raynal. Quick, the No. 2 burger chain in France after McDonald’s, is the latest group to enter the expanding French market for halal food, which has an estimated euro5.5 billion ($7 billion) in annual sales.
Both the Casino supermarket chain and the Fleury Michon line of cold cuts have halal offerings. The Paris Mosque has high praise for Kentucky Fried Chicken France, which it says spent four months consulting with Muslim officials recently about its fare. The chain is a rarity in that it has offered halal food for years — though it never trumpeted the fact.

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.

Boubakeur Proposes a Moratorium on French Law Separating Church and State

The leader of the Paris Mosque, Dalil Boubakeur, has proposed a moratorium on the French 1905 law separating Church and State, citing the insufficient number of mosques being built in France. Questioned by French newspaper Le Monde, Mr. Boubakeur set forth a moratorium of 10-20 years on the law, which forbids the public funding of places of worship, so that Muslims in France can catch up on their needs. The proposal incited responses from ardent supporters of the 1905 law of laicite saying that giving Muslims privileges automatically means an end to the law.

Islam: the French Counsel of Muslims congratulates Sarkozy

On Tuesday, the French Counsel of the Muslims (CFCM) congratulated Nicolas Sarkozy on his election to the presidency and declared him the leader who knew to rally the interests of French Muslims through his national image. The CFCM, created in 2003 by Mr. Sarkozy, then Minister of the Interior, now has a membership estimated at four billion. French Muslims will always remember [Sarkozy’s] initial graciousness in inviting Muslims to the Republic, concludes the CFCM. Dalil Boubakeur, superintendent of the Paris Mosque and president of the CFCM, was confident by Sunday evening of the victory of Mr. Sarkozy.

Boubakeur celebrates the victory of Sarkozy

Dalil Boubakeur, leader of the Paris Mosque, expressed his pleasure at the victory of Nicolas Sarkozy in a press release. “French Muslims, he said, appreciate the work [of Sarkozy] as Minister of the Interior and respect his efforts to represent Muslims within the Republic alongside other faiths.