Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly criticized French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent statements, in which he said that Islam is experiencing a crisis everywhere in the world.
Erdogan said that Macron is trying to cover up the crisis in France by saying that Islam is in crisis.
He added that Macron’s talk about reshaping Islam is impolite and indicates a lack of knowledge of its borders, noting that those who avoid confronting racism and Islamophobia are committing the greatest offense to their societies.
Macron’s statements about Islam led to widespread anger on social media, and were denounced by religious and scientific bodies in the Islamic world.
Last Saturday, Al-Azhar announced its rejection of the French president’s statements about Islam, stressing that they are “racist and fuel the feelings of two billion Muslims.”
This came in a statement by the Islamic Research Academy of Al-Azhar, two days after Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb rejected the statements of a French official who spoke about the term “Islamic terrorism.”
The statement pointed out that Macron accused Islam “with false accusations that have nothing to do with the true religion of this religion,” adding, “We strongly reject these statements and confirm that they are racist statements that would inflame the feelings of two billion Muslims.”
The statement denounced the insistence of some to place false accusations on Islam or other religions, such as separatism and isolationism, stressing that this insistence “is a flawed mixing between the truth of what religions call for in calling for rapprochement between people and the architecture of the earth, and between the exploitation of some of the texts of these religions and employing them to achieve downward purposes.”
The International Union of Muslim Scholars also responded to Macron’s statements, explaining that those convinced of Islam are increasing every day, “it is not in a crisis, but the crisis is in ignorance of its principles and truths and hatred for him and his ummah.
Macron said in his speech last Friday that Islam is experiencing a crisis everywhere in the world today, and France must confront what he described as Islamic isolationism that seeks to establish a parallel system and deny the French Republic.
Macron’s statement coincided with his readiness to introduce a bill against “emotional separation”, with the aim of “combating those who employ religion to question the values of the Republic.”