The French President, Emmanuel Macron on Friday, 2 October 2020 at Elysee Palace delivered a momentous and spiteful speech against Islam and Muslims. The address was broadcasted live across the world. The speech is a follow up on Macron’s visit to Lebanon on Tuesday, 1 September 2020; where he spoke about why he did not condemn the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for republishing their blasphemous cartoons against our Prophet Muhammad (saw). His said, “It is never in the place of a president of the Republic to pass judgement on the editorial choice of a journalist or newsroom, never. Because we have freedom of the press.” (Reuters, 15/09/2020).
The address highlighted on the threat of the so called Islamist separatism. It emphasized on the call for the nation to mobilize and embark on an awakening to protect the French secular republic values and principles that are under attack from radical Islam. Furthermore, he implored the nation to rally behind him and his Government in their process of coming up with a drastic bill that will be taken to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday, 9 December 2020 by the Minister and Deputy Minister of Interior for adoption before being taken to Parliament for debate and enactment into law. The said bill is an overhaul of the 1905 law and aims at strengthening secularism and consolidating republican values.
The law will serve as a reference point strategy that encompass the following five main pillars:
First, to come up with measures that promote neutrality in public order and public service avenues. The procedures are aimed at addressing the regular witnessed pandemonium for those seeking and offering public services such as swimming pools and bus services. For instance, some Muslims are alleged to be seeking preferential treatment by demanding that women and men be separated and be allocated different time to access the swimming pools. On the other hand, others are being discriminated by their mode of dressing and so denied access to transport services. Hence, the measures will equalize both gender irrespective of their religious background since France is a secular republic.
Second, to strengthen the control of associations within the French territory and ensure they exist to serve and promote French secular republic principles. In addition, to enable the State apparatus to sign contracts with associations and provide them with financial aid as long as they do not contravene French secular republic values. If they disregard the dictates of the contract, then they are liable to refund the finances and face dissolution.
Third, to overhaul the school laws of 1882 and 1969. In essence, school is the Republic melting pot. In addition, school establishes secularism and consolidate republican values in the hearts and minds of children. Children are protected from religious influence via going to school. Therefore, beginning the 2021 school year, everyone at the age of 3 years old must attend school and no home schooling will be allowed unless strictly restricted on medical reasons. The education system will be only one that of EILE and under strict control by the French Minister of National Education. The teaching of subjects must arouse the love for the secular republic and promote feelings of freedom. All schools must conform to the dictates of the French secular republic values and if they contravene they will be closed.
Fourth, to build an Islam that is compatible to French secular republican values and principles. In order to have an Islam of France, the Minister of Interior will work with the French Council of Muslim Worship to counter foreign influence. The French republic has resolved to end peaceful the training and deployment of foreign imams from Turkey, Morocco and Algeria into the French territory. There will be strict control and enforcement of the 1905 law in relation to foreign funding to mosques. French Council of Muslim Worship will facilitate a program that will train and promote imams and intellectuals who defend an Islam compatible with French secular values. French Council of Muslim Worship will identify training courses, provide certification to imams, write a contract that when imams contravene they will be dismissed and structure the hajj pilgrimage for necessary funding from the French republic. Consequently, the Republic will support the initiatives started by Foundation for Islam in France with 10 million euros in fields of culture, history and science.
Fifth, to highlight the capability and victory of the Republic against Islam when it destroyed the Islamic State of Khilafah (Caliphate) on 3 March 1924 and established on its land which was once united but the Republic and its allies divided it into 54 statelets and installed the republican order that exist to date. Therefore, the promise of the Republic must be revived by enforcing its laws forcefully and in turn the love for the republic and its future will prevail.
In conclusion, the above synopsis exposes clearly the total failure of the secular capitalist ideology and its poisonous systems in providing genuine security and prosperity to humanity. Their disasters and letdown is witnessed across the world and has been exacerbated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that has crumbled the so called Western civilization that thrives on the basis of racism and rich-poor gap. On the other hand, Islam is taking shape across the world and any moment from now it will be the dominant political power on the world arena. So these latest maneuvers from the French republic, the custodian of the Sykes-Picot agreement which is the root cause of mindboggling massacres and pillaging of resources from the Middle East to Africa. The French leadership is known to be always striving to reinvent itself whenever faced with crises to hoodwink the masses that it is in charge but in reality it is struggling to stay afloat.
Consequently, Macron is lying when he declares that Islam is in crisis, while the reality is contrary. The truth is that secular capitalist ideology is in the intensive care unit waiting to be declared dead by the arrival of the Khilafah reestablished on the method of Prophethood. Since, Islam is the only viable and tested alternative capable of solving problems of humanity irrespective of their color, religion or status. So, the French leadership is embarked on smear campaigns and evil plots that have always failed based on the narrative that Islam is radical and Muslims are extremists in order to discourage people from embracing it! Now is the time to #ReturnTheKhilafah. قَدۡ بَدَتِ ٱلۡبَغۡضَآءُ مِنۡ أَفۡوَٲهِهِمۡ وَمَا تُخۡفِى صُدُورُهُمۡ أَكۡبَرُۚ “Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, and what their breasts conceal is greater.” (Aal-e-Imran: 3: 118).
Ali Nassoro Ali
Member of the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir