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At his summer university, the Great Mosque of Paris, the unifying factor of Islam in France

This is a first for the Grand Mosque in Paris. A month before celebrating the centenary of the laying of its first stone, on October 19, the Federation of the Grand Mosque of Paris, led by its president Chems-Eddine Hafiz, organized a summer university to reflect on its strategic orientations.

Through this event, the Grand Mosque of Paris presents itself as a major player in Islam in France, even though the Muslim faith is in full restructuring after the failure of the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM) and its replacement by the Forum de l. ‘islam de France (Forif) by the Ministry of the Interior last February.

At the Arab World Institute on Friday, September 16, Chems-Eddine Hafiz gave a solemn speech to an audience of guests ranging from the head of the Central Office of Worship to representatives of various religions. Also present was the minister for religious affairs of the Algerian government, closely linked to the Grand Mosque in Paris. The invited Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, did not appear.

Live your faith to the fullest while respecting the principles of society

On a mission to prove it “Principles of Islam” to agree “unequivocally with the principles of the company”, Chems-Eddine Hafiz developed the observation and “crisis” of Islam since the 2015 attacks. “For (part of public opinion), observes Islam and Muslims are the cause of fractures in our society. »

Muslims must face it “show it (them) the presence in no way means the decline of France or the loss of its identity”. It is up to them to fight against it “the scourge of Islamism”which according to him desires “separate Islam and Muslims from French society”.

The rector promised that the Great Mosque will always be here “defending the citizenship of Muslims in France” when serving them “the keys to fully living your faith in society and respecting its principles”. In these points he agrees with “coordination”, an informal grouping of four Muslim federations that signed the Charter of Islam of France in January 2021 and left the CFCM in March of the same year.

“Coordination” of federations

The representatives of three of these four federations (Rassemblement des Musulmans de France, near Morocco, the French Federation of Islamic Associations of Africa, Comoros and the West Indies, the Grand Mosque of Paris and Muslims in France) also thought about the place of the so-called this coordination that tries to play a role in “representation” Islam in France.

Among them Mohsen Ngazou, president of Muslims in France, whose association, the ex-UOIF, close to the Muslim Brotherhood, was recently weakened by the expulsion of one of its former representatives, Hassan Iquioussen, by the Ministry of the Interior.

Participants welcome as an opportunity for reflection, ” to meet “, “getting out of peculiarities”The event was also an opportunity for the Grand Mosque Federation of Paris and its 80 delegates to work on topics such as halal certification, imam training and the adaptation of religious discourse in France.

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