OIC blasts French incitement against Muslims, Islam’s Prophet
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has censured attempts by French politicians to link Muslims and the noble religion of Islam with terrorism, amid growing anti-Islam sentiment due to hostile policies adopted by the European state.
The General Secretariat of the OIC condemned in a statement on Friday continued attacks and incitement against Muslim sentiment and insults of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The statement criticized the "discourse from certain French politicians, which it deems to be harmful to the Muslim-French relations, hate-mongering and only serving partisan political interests."
The OIC also said it "will always condemn practices of blasphemy and of insulting Prophets of Islam, Christianity and Judaism" as it condemned any crime committed in the name of religion.
The statement also denounced the killing of French teacher Samuel Paty, who was decapitated last Friday in a Paris suburb, and rejected the “incitement against Islam, its symbols and linking Islam and Muslims with terrorism.”
The history teacher had raised controversy and provoked anger over showing defamatory cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to his students. Paty was murdered by an 18-year-old assailant, identified as Chechen Abdullah Anzorov, who was shot dead by police soon after the killing.
The OIC's condemnation came after France’s approval of the publication of blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), with the country’s President Emmanuel Macron saying his country would not give up the insulting cartoons.
The French president has in recent weeks attacked Islam and the Muslim community, accusing Muslims of "separatism," and claiming that "Islam is a religion in crisis all over the world."
The accusations coincided with a provocative move by Charlie Hebdo, a left-wing French magazine infamous for publishing anti-Islam content, which has drawn widespread anger and outrage across the Muslim world.