Arab nations have condemned the French incitement against the Islamic religion and the Holy Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ), warning that these repeated insults boosted hatred amongst the people.
In current weeks, French President Emmanuel Macron attacked Islam and the Muslim community, accusing Muslims of “separatism”. He described Islam as “a faith in crisis all over the world”.
This coincided with a provocative cross with the aid of Charlie Hebdo, a left-wing French journal notorious for publishing anti-Islamic caricatures, which have drawn large anger and outrage throughout the Muslim world.
In a statement, the Qatari Foreign Ministry reiterated its total rejection of all forms of hate speech based on belief, race or religion.
“This agitating populist speech has witnessed a dangerous turning point with the continued institutional and systematic calls to repeat the targeting of nearly two billion Muslims around the world,” the ministry said.
The caricatures have been first posted in 2006 via a Danish newspaper Jylllands Posten, sparking a wave of protests.
In a statement, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Nayef al-Hajraf described Macron’s statements towards Islam as “irresponsible” and “cause to unfold the way of life of hatred amongst the peoples”.
“Such [French statements] come out at a time when efforts are underway to beautify tolerance and communicate between cultures and religions,” al-Hajraf stated in a statement.
Dhaifallah Fayez, a spokesman for Jordan’s Foreign Ministry, additionally voiced his country’s condemnation of republishing the offensive cartoons of the prophet by using Charlie Hebdo on claims of freedom of expression.
“Such practices harm the sentiments of around two billion Muslims and quantity to an assault on spiritual symbols, beliefs, and sanctities,” he said, going on to warn that such practices motive to fuel the way of life of extremism and violence.
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Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry additionally expressed resentment at the French republication of the anti-prophet cartoons.
A ministry assertion warned that these insults will “ignite the spirit of hatred, violence, and enmity, and jeopardize the global community’s efforts to unfold the tradition of tolerance and peace amongst peoples of the world”.