Charter of Islam in France: three federations decide to sign

Three federations announced on Saturday their decision to sign the « Charter of the principles of Islam of France« , A text wanted by the government and which they qualify as »compromise perfectible». «By this solemn act we invite in all fraternity all the member federations of the CFCM (French Council of Muslim Worship, Editor’s note) to come together within this unique body which is and will remain our common home, we are convinced of this.», Indicate in a joint statement the Turkish federations of the Coordinating Committee of Turkish Muslims in France (CCMTF) and Millî Görüs as well as the Faith and Practice movement, close to the rigorist preachers of the Tabligh.

These three federations say they respond to comments made on December 13 by the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin on the « deadFrom CFCM. They initially refused to sign the « Charter of Principles for Islam in France« Demanded by the executive, which proscribes »interference« Of foreign states and reaffirms in particular the »compatibilityOf Islam with the French Republic or equality between men and women.

In January 2021, when the leaders of the CFCM announced that they had reached an agreement on this charter, the CCMTF, CIMG France and Faith and Practice for their part criticized a lack of consultation upstream of the text and its content, and considered that it risked « weaken»Confidence in Muslims.

The three federations, however, remained within the CFCM, the historical interlocutor of the public authorities on the Muslim religion, while four others, including the Paris Mosque, had decided to leave the CFCM office and create a « Coordination».

The CFCM, created in 2003 and which brings together several federations of mosques, has since been plunged into turmoil. The « divergence« Expressed by the three federations was »dangerously instrumentalized to give rise to a climate of division harmful to Muslims in France« , They write to explain their initiative intended to »to free oneself from a responsibility that is unfairly attributed to us». «Our major concern is to work for the unity of Muslims in France and for national cohesion while respecting the principles and values ​​of the Republic, which has been undermined in these difficult times.», They assure.


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