“We Muslims of France, say halt to barbarism”, launched Friday, September 26 the president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) Dalil Boubakeur face hundreds of people gathered in front of the Great Mosque of Paris in tribute to the hostage murdered Hervé Gourdel.
In front of the monument symbol of the first Muslim community in Europe (about 5 million believers) in the heart of Paris, a minute’s silence was observed by a crowd very quiet, mostly male but of all ages and appearances.
On the steps of the mosque took place of the representatives of the Christian and Jewish communities, but also politicians on the left (PS Anne Hidalgo Mayor of Paris, François Lamy …) and right (UMP Valérie Pécresse, Bernard Debré, Claude Goasguen, etc.), provides media, many, an image of national unity.
Few signs in the meeting, except for a large, on which was written “Tribute to Hervé Gourdel” with the photo of the hostage executed by jihadist group linked to the Islamic state (EI), and another invitation to take on the social networks hashtag, launched by British Muslims, #NotInMyName (#PasEnMonNom in French.)
The slogans were more discreet, supported by a small group of young Muslim men and women chanting before the speeches, ” Daesh [another name for EI, Ed] Criminal “,” Daesh assassin “or” Islam for Peace. “
” Islam is a religion of peace “
” This gathering is the strong and vibrant expression of our desire for national unity and an unwavering will to live together, “he added hammering that “Islam is a religion of peace” who “directs respect for life.”
Quoting a verse from the Koran, the rector of the Grand Mosque said that killing a man tantamount to “killing all humanity”, but that “save a man is to save humanity.”
Hervé Gourdel, a mountain guide for 55 years, was kidnapped Sunday Algeria by Jund al-Khilafa group linked to the organization Islamic State (EI) which demanded an end to French strikes in Iraq. In a video, posted Wednesday, his captors showed his beheading.
“You do not have to apologize”
“You do not have to apologize” , for his part said the address side of the Muslims of France the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, reports FranceTVinfo. “We will not yield to fear because we are standing here together.” “The national community will not let itself be divided,” added the president of the UMP group in the Council of Paris, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet
“I ‘m here to tell you to straighten your head, be proud of what you do “, also launched their Bishop Jean-Michel Dubost, in charge of interreligious dialogue to the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF).
The Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF), the body of political representation of French Judaism, had sent his vice president Gil Taieb. “It is important to emphasize what unites us rather than what divides us,” said the latter to some journalists.
The collection, launched Thursday by Boubakeur, aroused skepticism Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), for whom “Muslims should not play the Islamophobic game, which is to place them in ideal culprit and suspect, pushing constantly to justify for the actions of third parties.”
“We are here in solidarity with Hervé Gourdel, not to justify us,” replied Abdallah Zekri, president of the Observatory against Islamophobia related CFCM.
“Islam has nothing to do with these bloody acts”