Once again France is finding itself in the centre of the maelstrom ignited by the highly bigoted speech of the French President Emanuel Macron in which he ostensibly targeted the Muslims. In fact, it has become a norm in France these days that the so-called ‘secular’ French natives are seen indulging in invective against the Islamic Religion. When the president of a state shows no tolerance for the Religion followed by the five million population of his own country that makes up nigh 10% of the entire population, how can one anticipate the minority to bear every vile attack on their holy religion?
Even the beheading of a history teacher by a teenage Muslim student this month while the former was giving a lecture on freedom of expression by showing Blasphemous content related to Prophet Muhammad PBUH to his students, didn’t urge the French authorities to halt such reprehensible activities. Since then , the mulish French president has adopted a more aggressive rhetoric vis-a-vis the Islam . He further made it ostensible that he somehow was a mentally disturbed person when he said “Islam is a religion that is in crises all over the world today , we are not just seeing this in our country” . He seems to be interested in defending the right of his country to commit Blasphemy and simultaneously wants his citizenry to respect the mores, norms and ethics of the Republic whereas he himself does not respect the sentiments, traditions and conventions of Muslims.
This time ,the obstinate President had gone a step further when his government decided to project the blasphemous cartoons on the buildings of French Government as part of a so-called tribute to the slain history teacher.
As could be expected , this incidence was sure to backfire, so it did. And as the Hashtags #bycottfranceproducts or #bycottfrance went viral on social media , within a couple of hours , several food companies of Arab states especially Kuwait & Qatar made a proclamation of proscribing the French products in their respective states. All Muslim countries are now being asked to follow suit by their natives.
Decrying the latest anti-Islamic speech by Emanuel Macron , Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan minced no words when he said that Macron needed mental check-up. “What’s Macron’s problem with Muslims?” he added. The Prime minster of Pakistan Imran Khan also condemned this odious incident by posting a short clip from his United Nations General Assembly’s address and tweeting a long thread. He grieved that “President Macron could have put healing touch and denied space to extremists rather than creating polarization and marginalization that inevitably leads to radicalization”. While summing up he said that “By attacking Islam , clearly without having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked and hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe and across the world”.
While holding the highest position in a country, Macron’s approach should have been a tad responsible. His publicly saying such ridiculous and racist remarks and endorsing his Islamophobic rhetoric might have prompted the duo French women who, a couple of days ago, stabbed two veiled Muslim women in Paris. The French President must bear in mind that Non-Muslims are used to relishing the movies or other artistic work based on their prophets, but that’s not the case with Muslims. It is part of every Muslim’s faith to revere all the Prophets mentioned in the holy scriptures like JESUS Christ, Moses , Joseph (Peace and Blessings be Upon them all) and all others. So they cannot think of ridiculing any of them too. Nevertheless , Muslims can tolerate anything in the world, but Insolence in the name of Our Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH will always be unbearable for them. World leaders must understand this .
Already in different parts of the world , a major chunk of the 1.8 billion Muslim population is now out on roads in order to record their protests against Macron’s remarks. For the time being , every Muslim feels like seeing Macron apologizing for what he said. The soon Macron does so , the better.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Dunya News’ editorial stance.