Rabat - This weekend, hundreds of mosques across France are holding an ‘Open House’ welcoming people from all religions to share a “Tea for Fraternity” to promote tolerance, fraternity and unity.
Rabat – This weekend, hundreds of mosques across France are holding an ‘Open House’ welcoming people from all religions to share a “Tea for Fraternity” to promote tolerance, fraternity and unity.
One year after the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris, the attack in Hyper Cacher supermarket and nearly two months after the Paris carnage of November 13, feelings and acts of Islamophobia in France have risen to dangerous levels.
On January 9 and 10, the Muslim community in France and the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM), which represents mosques in France, invite everyone to join for a symbolic “Tea to Fraternity.”
“We wondered what we could do to strengthen harmony and national cohesion during the commemorations,” of these unfortunate attacks, President of the CFCM, Anwar Kbibech told AFP.
“People will be able to ask any questions they wish, even the most taboo, our religion, how to pray, over tea and pastries,” in order to “break the distrust” toward Muslims, Kbibech said last December.
Moreover, the ‘Open House’ will include guided tours, amicable debates, Arabic calligraphy workshops, and an invitation to attend the Islamic five daily prayers.
“Instead of dwelling on the tragic acts, it seemed more useful and important to celebrate ‘the spirit of the January 11’,” with a large civic march on Sunday “with the goal of creating spaces of conviviality and exchange between Muslims and all of our fellow citizens,” CFCM’s President said.
This weekend will provide the opportunity to share the values ??of Islam, debunk incorrect stereotypes and further explain that Islam does not equate terrorism.
According to the Observatory against Islamophobia, 12 after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in 2015, 128 anti-Muslim acts were reported, which nearly equaled the number of anti-Islam acts reported throughout 2014.
Since the November 13 Paris attacks, 32 acts of violence against Muslims had been registered in France, and 20 police operations including raids have been conducted in mosques. Three mosques have been closed by the authorities.
The CFCM “calls on citizens not to equate the vast majority of French Muslims” nearly six million, “who live in peace, with a tiny minority that advocates violence and even death in the name of our religion.”
The ‘Open House’ will be held in France’s largest mosques, including the Mosque of Paris and the small mosque that was ransacked during Christmas in Ajaccio, Corsica.