Muslims between concern and resignation within the face of the RN | EUROtoday

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As each Friday round 2 p.m., throughout crucial prayer of the week, the Evry-Courcouronnes mosque, one of many largest in France, is packed to the rafters. On this June 21, Khalil Merroun, the rector of this establishment belonging to Maliki Islam, the bulk Sunni motion in France, doesn’t keep away from the political context. “I am worried about living together and humanism”, he says in his introductory speech, in entrance of some 1,500 devoted. Refusing to provide voting directions, he warns his viewers: “Abstention is France’s worst enemy. If you don't vote, you won't be able to say afterwards: I couldn't do anything! »

As an aside, this septuagenarian native of Morocco, who arrived in Evry in 1972, would like to point out that he is “became French even before Bardella [Jordan Bardella, président du Rassemblement national, RN] be born ». While a strong majority of Muslims would have boycotted the polls during the European elections (59%, according to the French Institute of Public Opinion), Khalil Merroun assures that he wants “nip abstention in the bud”.

If he refuses to focus on solely the RN (as a result of “there is also a violent minority on the far left”), the rector confides that he has “fear that the extremes will come to power, not only for Muslims, but for France”. “Pointing the finger at Islam or making anti-Semitic speech appears in the eyes of some to be the only path to power… What does that say about their ability to defend the French? Their economic skills? Of their social project? »he asks.

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At the exit of the mosque, however, not everyone seems ready to respond to the rector's call: “Politics doesn’t interest me”, “anyway, they are all the same, it’s money that governs”, “Bardella or not, we will see what will change”, slip a few faithful in a hurry, refusing to express themselves. Many display a distance from the political situation, despite the possible victory of an extreme right which has long threatened to intervene in the lives of Muslims, in the name of the fight against radical Islam.

“They will never push us to renounce our faith”

“Faith makes us optimistic, no matter the situation. And then there are millions of us in France, they won’t be able to throw us all out”thus puts Amir Ben Majed into perspective, not more worried than that. “We’re used to anti-Muslim speeches anyway”adds this 36-year-old lawyer, who nevertheless admits to fearing seeing these ideas “earn publicity”. “Today, it’s already much less straightforward to be referred to as Mohamed than François when making use of for sure positions. It dangers getting worse…”, he admits. But he already deplores “all the energy and time we put into criticizing Islam in public debate. France is declining, losing influence year after year. Instead of uniting all the brains and talents to change this, we prefer to divide us”.

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