Macron Nibs The Bud: The French President Emmanuel Macron has finally issued an ultimatum to the Muslim leaders over ‘republic values’. He is one of the few leaders of the free world who has taken a bold stand against all the confusion that has been doing rounds around Islamophobia.
Coming down heavily on radicalization of Islam, Macron has made it clear that the Islamic leaders will have to adhere to a ‘charter of republican values.’
Towards this, Mr. Macron has given the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) a period of 15 days to work with the interior ministry.
Showing their solidarity and respect for the leader of the nation, the CFCM has indeed agreed to create a National Council of Imams. They will reportedly issue imams with official accreditation. However, this official title can be withdrawn, if need be. An imam within the Islamic clergy is an Islamic leadership position of responsibility and honour. The title is commonly used as the title of a worship leader of a mosque and Muslim community among Sunni Muslims. The move has come after three suspected terrorist attacks that have been attributed to Islamist radical groups. They rocked France in the month of October.
A courageous move by Macron, the charter puts to rest any kind of misinterpretation of Islam, something that has been used as ammunition to fuel distrust amongst communities in the Europe. The charter will state that Islam is a religion and not a political movement, while also prohibiting “foreign interference” in Muslim groups.
This will put to rest (hopefully) interference from nations like Qatar and Iran that have been financing terrorist activity in various forms across Europe.
The decision towards the charter and the formation of National Council of Imams. Both decisions were taken by the French president and his interior minister Gérald Darmanin jointly in a meeting presided over by eight CFCM leaders at the Élysée palace.
Macron also has plans to announce new measures to tackle “Islamist separatism” in France, for which he has a wide-ranging bill that seeks to prevent radicalization.