The president of the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM), Mohammed Moussaoui, deplored Thursday the “unilateral exit” of three federations members of this representative body of Islam in France that refuse to sign as it is the charter of the National Council of Imams of France, wanted by President Emmanuel Macron.
On Sunday 17 January, the eight federations (CCMTF, GMP, UMF, MF, RMF, Millî Görüs (CIMG), Faith and Practical) formally approved a “charter of principles” of Islam of France, at an extraordinary meeting of the CFCM.
On 18 January, only five representatives of federations (GMP, UMF, RMF, MF and FAICAA) parafed the text of the charter before the President of the Republic, with the aim of launching a new stage in the organization of Muslim worship. Three federations, CCMTF, Millî Görüs (CIMG), Faith and Practical, refused to oppose their signature despite their validation of the text the day before.
On Wednesday 20 January, the two Turkish Obedience Federations, the Coordination Committee of Turkish Muslims of France (CCMTF) and Millî Görüs (CIMG) and the Faith and Practical federation, close to the rigorist preachers of the Tabligh, publish a statement explaining their refusal to sign a text that, according to them, risks “weakening” trust in the with regard to Muslims.
“We believe that certain passages and formulations of the text submitted are likely to weaken the bonds of trust between the Muslims of France and the Nation,” write these three member federations of the CFCM.
“In addition, some statements undermine the honour of Muslims, with an adversarial and marginalizing character,” they added, without giving any details on these “statements”.
“The communiqué of the three federations (CCMTF, CIMG, Faith and Practical), dated January 20, 2021, indicates that certain declarations in the Charter would undermine the honour of Muslims. I would have liked these statements to be clarified in writing in the form of amendments and forwarded to the CFCM. It would have been more beneficial to all of us than an adversarial and unconstructive statement,” said CFCM president Mohammed Moussaoui.
This refusal “is not such as to reassure our coreligionists about the state of the representative bodies of Muslim worship”, he said
And warn: “Through these repetitive actions, the federations making up the CFCM risk being held accountable for this situation of division which is detrimental to the organization of Muslim worship”.
After several weeks of internal crisis, the leaders of the CFCM announced an agreement on this text affirming the “compatibility” of the Muslim faith with “secularism”, “gender equality” and rejects “the use of Islam for political purposes”.
This reaffirmation of Republican principles had been called for by President Emmanuel Macron as part of his offensive against separatism and radical Islam, which has since been formalized in a bill before Parliament.
Mr. Macron had intensified his pressure on Muslim representatives after the jihadist attacks on teacher Samuel Paty in mid-October in the Paris region and in the Basilica of Nice (south-east) two weeks later.
According to a source close to the file, the main points of disagreement expressed by federations reluctant to sign relate to two issues that particularly concern them: the definition of foreign “interference” and the precise definition of political Islam.