Just when you thought France couldn’t be any more hostile to Islam.
An imam of a mosque in France’s Loire region was fired after verses and hadiths he recited during his Eid al-Adha prayer sermon were considered “contrary to the values of the Republic” by Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.
This is the French Interior Minister, Darmanin.
He has been accused of raping women.
Mmadi Ahamada, the imam of the Great Mosque of Saint-Chamond, who is of Comoros origin, shared a hadith and Surah Ahzab verses addressing the wives of the Prophet Muhammad in his sermon.
After Isabelle Surply, a member of the Municipal Council of the Republican Party, shared a video of the sermon online, Darmanin asked the Loire Governor’s Office to dismiss the imam and ensure that his residence permit is not renewed, on the grounds that “he finds these statements unacceptable” and “sees them against gender equality.”
What was the Quranic verse in Surat al-Ahzab that angered the squirrelly French minister so much?
Was it this?
Remain in your homes, women, and do not display (your) beauty as it used to be displayed in the days of earlier ignorance; and establish Salāh, and pay Zakāh, and obey Allah and His messenger. Allah only intends to keep (all sorts of) filth away from you, O members of the family (of the prophet), and to make you pure through a perfect purification. [Quran 33:33]
What is so objectionable about this verse? Only a truly dirty person could object to the values of modesty and purity this verse calls to.
In a message on social media, the mosque administration announced that the imam had been dismissed.
The Loire Governorate said that they are working on not renewing the imam’s residence permit.
So the mosque fires their imam because he recited some ayat this creepy-looking French minister didn’t like???
Apparently, this is not the first time an imam has been dismissed because of Darmanin.
Imam Mahdi, whose criticism of the dressing style of some Muslim women in a sermon he gave on June 4 at the Gennevilliers Mosque in the province of Hauts-de-Seine was also terminated by Darmanin’s order.
The interior minister also asked the governor to intervene and to suspend the mosque’s activities if a similar sermon is repeated, using the new tools allowed by a law “to strengthen respect for the principles of the Republic,” which rights groups say risks discrimination.
So if you tell women to not dress like prostitutes, as is custom in France, then you will be fired from the mosque, the government will shut down that mosque, and you will be kicked out of the country.
This Darmanin is even bragging about his powers:
“On my request, two imams who gave unacceptable sermons in Hauts-de-Seine and Loire were dismissed. We will fight tirelessly against those who oppose the rules and values of the Republic,” he said on Twitter.
This guy has no shame basically saying that France decides what religious beliefs can and can’t be taught in France. But we already knew that.
Maybe instead of policing Muslim Eid sermons, the Interior Minister can worry more about the fact that his country is in midst an economic crisis and protestors are literally burning it to the ground.
I guess the French government is just really scared that Muslims are about to completely take over France. This is why they overreact to a random imam’s Eid khutba. It’s because they feel Sharia law coming fast. Maybe they imagine that, in the not-so-distant future, France will become yet another Islamic country, perhaps like Afghanistan, and all French women will be forced to wear the burka.