This is a first for the Grand Mosque of Paris. A month before the celebration of the 100th anniversary 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 direction.
Through this event, the Grand Mosque of Paris presents itself as a major player in Islam in France, although the Muslim faith is being completely restructured 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.
On September 16, at the Arab World Institute, Chems-Eddine Hafiz gave a solemn speech in front of an audience of guests, from the head of the central worship office to representatives of various religions. The Minister of Religious Affairs of the Algerian government, closely associated with the Grand Mosque of Paris, was present. The invited Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin did not come.
Live your faith to the fullest while respecting the principles of society
On a mission to prove it “Basics of Islam” to agree “consistent with the principles of society”, Chems-Eddine Hafiz compiled an observation “crisis” Islam after the 2015 attacks. ” For (part of public opinion), observes Islam and Muslims are the cause of the divisions in our society. »
Muslims must face it “to show that (their) its existence in no way leads to France’s decline or loss of identity.” It remains to fight against them “The scourge of Islamism”who, in his opinion, wishes “Separating Islam and Muslims from French society”.
The rector promised that the Great Mosque will always be there “Protection of Muslim Citizenship in France” while giving them “Keys to fully live their faith in society and respect its principles.” He agrees with these points “coordination”, An informal grouping of four Muslim federations that signed the Islamic Charter of France in January 2021 and left the CFCM in March of that year.
“Coordination” of Federations
Representatives of three of these four federations (Rassemblement des Musulmans de France, Close to Morocco, French Islamic Union African Federation, Comoros and West Indies, Grand Mosque of Paris and Muslims of France) also considered this space. Aspiring to play a role in this coordination “representation” Islam in France.
Among them is Mohsen Ngazou, president of the Organization of French Muslims, whose union, the former UOIF, which is close to the Muslim Brotherhood, has recently been weakened by the interior ministry’s expulsion of one of its former figures, Hassan Iquiousse.
Greeted by participants as an opportunity to reflect, “to meet”, “go beyond features”the event was also an opportunity for the Grand Mosque Federation of Paris and its 80 representatives to work on topics such as halal certification, training of imams and harmonization of religious discourse in France.