On the front page of a hardline Iranian newspaper, it was “Paris Demonstration.” In the streets of Dhaka, he was decided as a leader who “worships the devil.” Emmanuel Macron’s resemblance to the French flag was also burned outside the French embassy in Baghdad.
Anger is mounting around the world over the French president and his alleged attacks on Islam and the Prophet of Islam, leading to a boycott of French products and calls for safety warnings for French citizens in Muslim-majority states. Is.
This reaction has dismantled many parts of different cultures, sects, political systems and levels of economic development in a diverse Muslim world. It has addressed historical and current grievances, from the markets in Herat, Afghanistan, to the markets in Oman and Islamabad.
Tensions erupted after September, when satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo accused the Prophet of Islam of being involved in a 2015 terrorist attack on publishing offices. The cartoons were republished for the same purpose.
Charlie Hebdo risked further provocative tensions with Turkey by placing cartoonist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the front page of its online edition on Tuesday night. Erdogan’s top press aide, Farhatin Alton, tweeted: “We condemn this publication’s most despicable attempt to spread cultural racism and hatred.”
Macron began earlier this month by announcing his intention to fight “Islamist separatism”, describing the belief as “the world is in crisis today.” , Which raised objections from several Muslim leaders and observers.
A fortnight later, French teacher Samuel Petty was beheaded outside his school for showing a cartoon of his classmate Muhammad. The killing was carried out by a young Muslim of Chechen descent, who is said to have carried out raids on several suspected violent extremists and Islamic groups.
Following the decision of Carol Delga, head of the Occitan region, the French cities of Toulouse and Montpellier have predicted Charlie Hebdo characters, including Islamic prophets on the walls of their regional council buildings. And Emmanuel Macron told a watchdog in Paris that his country would not “abandon the cartoon.”
The most recent protests took place on Tuesday in the Bangladeshi capital, where police estimate that about 40,000 people took part in a demonstration organized by the country’s largest Islamic party.
Ahmed Abdul Qayyum, a party leader who addressed the crowd and called Macron a devil, told the Guardian that he was provoked by cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that were aired last week on the walls of several French cities. Due to which they were showing disbelief after Patti. Death.
“It is forbidden to pull Muhammad,” Qayyum said. “And what did they do?” Not only did he attract attention, but he was portrayed in a shameful manner, and Macron presented him in a multi-storey building with police protection. It is insulting, painful and unacceptable.
Even to the less ardent observers in Bangladesh, Macron’s defense of the right to photograph the Prophet of Islam has provoked deep fanaticism. “The French president has said that he has the right to speak, he has the right to express his opinion, but I do not think that free speech means insulting other religious beliefs,” said Dr. Fida Hassan, 26, of Dhaka. ۔
“I do not condone the killing of teachers or their killing [Paty’s] The killer, “he added. “But it’s a two-way street. If one does not make hateful remarks targeting the core beliefs of another religion, such heinous violence will be reduced anyway.
Asma Barlas, a retired professor of political science at the University of Athaca in New York, said the impression was that French leaders were trying to recreate Islam.
He said, “Emmanuel Macron is following the centuries-old tradition of Europe and telling Muslims how we need to interpret our religion, or survive – which is why a handful of Muslims have taken action. People in Europe rarely refer to people of other faiths. ” .
Barles added that the French colonization of several Muslim-majority countries in Africa was prominent in the minds of many Muslims, who saw its echo in such a way that the whole faith was defamed by the actions of several violent extremists. Was
“Europe also has a long history of dealing with non-Muslim terrorists, but their actions are seldom attributed to ‘Christianity’. Naturally, Muslims who are not terrorists – 99.99 of us. There will be – they are outraged by the way our religion is being propagated. “
Macron’s comments were also prominently broadcast in Jordan, including state-sponsored programs that are generally cautious when discussing inflammatory topics, and many have called for “respect for Muhammad.” Changed your social media profile pictures to include a frame with.
Mohammed Februaryi, 33, who works for an international aid organization in Oman, said the colonial history was still fresh there and had caused a sense of astonishing loss.
“I see people exposing France’s colonial past and images of French soldiers beheading members of the Algerian resistance,” he said. “People see Macron’s statement directly on their identity and culture.” Understand the attack. They feel insulted.
He did not rule out that governments in some Muslim states saw the opportunity to win public support by comforting Macron, but said that feelings of grief and anger were real.
Iran on Tuesday called on France’s top diplomat to protest Macron’s “anti-Islamic stance” amid widespread outrage – a reflection and newspaper coverage in which the French leader was accused of demonizing And has been declared a terrorist.
Mohammad Reza Wahezzada, a researcher in Tehran, said Macron’s support for the cartoons was hypocritical. Comments supported.
“Baconro has no right to insult his wife and he does not deserve the presidency at all,” Wahidzada told a news conference. “But he gives himself and others in the West the right to insult a prophet who is respected by millions around the world.”
Maria Liaqat, a philosophy student at Islamabad’s Quaid-e-Azam University, said she considered Macron’s behavior “Islamophobic” and unnecessarily provocative. “[But] Patti’s murder was a barbaric act, it is not a solution to kill a person because of his personal views.
He added that leaders like Prime Minister Imran Khan were also happy with the outrage at the end. “Khan is using this issue only to divert our attention from the economy and bad governance,” he said. “Boycotting French goods is not the answer, but unfortunately the majority of the country can support it.”
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