Following the recent statement by French President Emmanuel Macron in which he accused Muslims of separatism and vowed not to give up cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H), outrage spread throughout the Muslim World. In response various Muslim leaders and officials condemned the statement and many Muslim countries boycotted French products. Earlier this month, he had also dubbed Islam as religion of crisis across the world, which was execrated as well. But the recent statement came out after Samuel Paty, a history school teacher in France, showed his class Prophet Muhammad’s (P.B.U.H) cartoons on freedom of expression earlier this month, later he was decapitated by a Muslim. Thereafter, police bumped off the Muslim for Paty’s Murder and pretext of extremism. All this limn new wave of Islamophobia.
No country’s constitution accords such a right of freedom of expression that hurts billions of people.
Moreover, after demise of Paty, people came out on roads in France and French Government suspected various Muslim prayers and organizations of spreading hatred. This is not the first time that Islamophobia is raised, but constantly western world is promulgating Islamophobic activities be it caricatures of holy Personality, raiding mosques, suspecting Muslims, or singling out a day namely ‘Punish a Muslim Day’. Especially, western world is intending to align Islam with extremism and terrorism, de facto, which do not have any relation with the Islam.
In addition to this, Charlie Hebdo, a left-wing French magazine infamous for publishing anti-Islamic caricatures, which has drawn widespread anger and outrage across the World, republished cartoons insulting Islam and Prophet, which again aroused anger in hearts of Muslims across the globe.
Currently, the Muslim world is indignant over the statement by French President. Prime Minister Pakistan Imran Khan said, “It is unfortunate that Macron has chosen to encourage Islamophobia by attacking Islam rather than terrorists who carry out violence be it Muslim, white supremacists, or Nazi ideologists.” He added, “Sadly, President Macron has chosen to deliberately provoke Muslims, including his own citizens.”
Turkey’s communication Director Fahrettin Altun on Sunday also expressed his emotions as, “EU is increasingly becoming dangerous for Muslims and offensive caricatures, and mosque raids is not freedom of expression but it clarifies that Muslim will never belong in EU.”
Additionally, Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) decried associating Islam and Muslim with terrorism and urged the review of discriminatory policies that target Muslim societies and offend the feelings of more than one and half billion Muslims around the World.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan articulated that French President Macron need mental health checks and warned that Europe is preparing its own termination amid rising hatred towards Muslims and Islam across the continent. He further added that if they are not rid of this disease as soon as possible, it will collapse all of Europe from within.
In Egypt, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb termed the anti-Islamic statement as a systematic campaign to drag Islam into political battles.
Qatar University also joined campaign of protest against France by postponing French Cultural Day. Many Islamic countries including Iran, Turkey and Palestine have protested too in response of Islamophobic statement by Macron.
Furthermore, a constructive measure seemed from Muslim countries as they boycotted French products. Macron’s comments have spurred social media hashtag like #BoycottFrenchProducts. In many countries, stores have been vacant of French products, and people (Muslims) are defying to use their products, asking French president to apologize for his ghastly comments.
Further, under the existing regime, religious symbols, such as headscarves are banned from schools and educational institutes and women who wear the face veil are subject to fines or prosecution.
In recent times, across the US and Europe, anti-Muslim rhetoric has been a powerful tool to win over the electorate and distract from more day-to-day issues, such as unemployment, rising poverty or Covid-19, these days.
Being a Muslim undergoing these heart-wrenching comments and heinous acts of Charlie Hebdo is quiet an Augean task. So we should boycott all French products in order to teach lesson to France.
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