The debate escalated today regarding the repercussions of the abuse of the noble Prophet – may God bless him and grant him peace – between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and European officials, against the backdrop of recent French positions and statements.
The Commissioner for Security and Foreign Policies of the European Union Josep Borrell said that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements about French President Emmanuel Macron are unacceptable.
In a tweet on his Twitter account, Borrell called on Turkey to stop what he described as the dangerous spiral of confrontation.
But Erdogan returned again to invite French President Emmanuel Macron to check his mental health, and he addressed him, saying, “Go and look at yourself first, and see where you are going.”
He also addressed European politicians, saying, “You have ears that you do not hear and our eyes do not see, just as your mouths do not utter truth.”
He added, “Fascism and Nazism were not here with us, and you stood with the Nazis and fascists.”
On Saturday, Erdogan said Macron needs to “check his mental health” because of his behavior towards Muslims.
Erdogan asked in a speech – during a conference of the ruling Justice and Development Party in the state of Kayseri – what can we say to a head of state who does not understand freedom of belief and treats millions of followers of a different religion (Muslims) in his country in this way?
“What is the problem of the so-called Macron with Islam and Muslims? He needs a mental remedy,” he said, adding that “being busy with me will not win you anything.”
In response, France recalled its ambassador to Ankara to Paris for “consultations.”
For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that European racists showed their racism when confronted with the truth, and they are trying to gain points through anti-Islam and xenophobia.
Cavusoglu added in a tweet on Twitter that it is time for Europe to stop these fascist-minded, riotous politicians, as he described it.
On Sunday, Arab condemnations of the statements of French President Emmanuel Macron that are insulting to Islam and the noble Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, continued, which coincided with mounting calls to boycott French products and tourism.
In Jordan’s second official position, after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Awqaf Muhammad al-Khalayleh considered that insulting the Prophet Muhammad and all of the prophets is not personal freedom but a crime that encourages violence.
Al-Khalayleh added, in statements carried by the official Jordanian news agency Petra, that this unacceptable abuse generates violence and hate speech (…), and it is a blatant assault and crime against all religions, beliefs and humanity.
In the Gaza Strip, the head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, called on the French president to stop the policy of insulting and inciting Islam.
He also asked him in a statement to stop attacking the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, and to not prejudice the feelings of Muslims worldwide.
In Lebanon, the Supreme Islamic Shiite Council (official) condemned the French insult to Islam and its Prophet Muhammad, may blessings and peace be upon him.
A statement issued by the head of the council, Sheikh Abd al-Amir Qablan, stated that the official French intransigence in publishing insulting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad – in an irresponsible position – lacks wisdom, nurtures racism and contradicts all religious teachings.
The statement added that this abuse is a described aggression that is not acceptable to reason or religion, in addition to its opposition to freedom of opinion and expression, which stands at the level of respecting the freedom of the beliefs of others and the reverence of their symbols.
In Algeria, the former presidential candidate, head of the National Building Movement (Islamic) Abdelkader Bin Quraina, called on politicians in France to curb the recklessness of Macron and his government to launch campaigns against Islam and Muslims to cover the internal failure.
In a statement, Bin Quraina warned against any prejudice to the sanctities of the Islamic nation and the repercussions that result from it on France’s interests in the Islamic ummah’s economic and cultural arenas.
In Yemen, the Houthi group demanded to cut diplomatic relations with France and expel its ambassadors from Islamic countries.
The head of what is known as the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of the Houthis, Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi, called in a tweet to an Islamic meeting, to convey the position of rejection of the offensive acts committed by France under official directives.
For its part, the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood called on all Libyans to declare their anger and boycott French products against the background of what it described as the encroachment of the French President Macron against the sanctities of Muslims and insulting the noble Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.
In a statement it issued, the group called on the reconciliation government to assume its responsibilities and take a stance that would rise to the level of the event and take into account Muslims’ feelings towards their Prophet.
In the same context, Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb said that the world is witnessing a systematic campaign to include Islam in political battles, and that the creation of chaos began with a malicious attack on the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace.
Al-Tayyib said in a tweet that it is unacceptable for Islamic symbols and sacredities to be victims of cheap speculation in the market of politics and electoral conflicts, as he put it.
He added in another tweet in response to those who said that they justify insulting the Prophet of Islam – may God bless him and grant him peace – that the real crisis is because of their intellectual duplicity and their narrow agendas, and that the most important responsibility of leaders is to maintain civil peace, preserve community security, respect religion, and protect people from falling into Discord, do not fuel conflict in the name of freedom of expression.
Social media campaigns
Anti-French interactions and hashtags denouncing the insult to the Prophet Muhammad – may God bless him and grant him peace – are still ongoing on Arab and Islamic social media platforms.
Several hashtags topped the interaction platforms in a number of countries – including “# Except for Allah_Oy_France”, “# Except_the Messenger of God”, and “# Boycott of French goods” – in opposition to statements made by French President Emmanuel Macron in defense of the offenders of the Prophet Muhammad and Islam.
Tweeters denounced what they described as the official Arab and Islamic silence towards the continuous insults of the Prophet of Mercy, and praised the popular campaigns that a number of Arab and Islamic countries witnessed in this context.