Bahrain’s top cleric: Muslims must not remain silent on Macron’s insult to Islam
Bahrain’s top Shia Cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim has denounced French President Emmanuel Macron’s outrageous anti-Islam remarks, calling on Muslim nations not to remain silent in the face of even the slightest insult to Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny).
In a statement published on Bahrain's al-Muqawim website, Sheikh Qassim said disrespecting Prophet Muhammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny) is equal to insulting all other holy prophets.
Macron has been facing a growing backlash in the Islamic world over defending offensive caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny) and ordering a crackdown on Islam and its followers in the European country.
Earlier this month, French history teacher Samuel Paty provoked outrage by showing to his students the blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny) published by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
He was murdered outside his school in a Paris suburb on October 16 by an 18-year-old assailant, identified as Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov, who was shot dead by police soon after the killing.
Macron characterized the incident as an “Islamist terrorist attack.”
In a tribute to the slain teacher, Macron described him as a “quiet hero” and posthumously awarded him the Légion d'Honneur, the country’s highest civilian honor.
He also vowed his country would not “give up cartoons” depicting Prophet Muhammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny), claiming that the teacher was killed by “cowards” for representing the secular, democratic values of the French Republic.
Sheikh Qassim further said that a “widespread and effective boycott of French goods does not constitute a declaration of hostility to France and its people. It is just a response to President Emmanuel Macron” for his insult to Islam’s Prophet.