France has decided to ban 4 Muslim scholars from entering its territories. The four scholars are : Egyptian Sheikh Safwat Hegazy , a former mufti of Jerusalem Akrama Sabri, Saudi clerics Ayed Bin Abdullah Al-Qarni and Abdullah Basfar.
In a joint statement by French minister of foreign affairs Alain Juppe and minister of interior Claude Gueant we know that there are banned from entering France because “These people's positions and statements calling for hatred and violence seriously damage republican principles and, in the current context, represent a serious threat to public order”. The decision is taken after the Toulouse massacre shocking events.
The ministers wanted also to ban Tarek Ramadan from entering France as well but French government can’t do it because he is a Swiss European citizen.
Ramadan , Hegazy and the rest were invited to attend some conference organized by the Union of Islamic Organizations in France (UOIF) in early April.It is worth to mention that UOIF issued a statement condemning the Toulouse massacre describing it as it an act of terrorism that got no religion.
Now officially there are 5 high profile Muslim scholars/Sheikhs banned from entering France. France has already decided to ban Sheikh Youssef El Qaradawy from entering its territories. Strangely the Muslim brotherhood did not unleash attack on France like UAE , they are surely busy with their feud with SCAF and there is no French version from Dubai police chief Khalafan !!
Already Hegazy if I am not mistaken that he is banned from entering Britain as well. Hegazy had issued once a fatwa to kill the Israelis who enter Egypt in 2006 that he revised and said that it was wrong later. He paid a price for that fatwa that he regretted later and apologized then interrogated by State security then banned from preaching on Fridays for awhile. I think Hegazy is banned because of that old fatwa.
Also I think Sheikh Sabri of Jerusalem is banned because of anti-Zionist anti-Jewish opinions when it comes to Al Aqsa Mosque. I do not know much about Al-Qarni and Basfar to be honest.
Banning these sheikhs will not solve the problems of radicalism because honestly I do not think radicals from Muslims listen to someone like Sheikh Youssef El Qaradawy or even someone like Safwat Hegazy.
I do not know but I feel it has do with the elections season more than the horrible Toulouse massacre and how Sarkozy is using Islamophobia to get more votes. There is no doubt that I have seen this coming when the French authorities announced that the serial killer of Toulouse massacre was a Muslim man. There will be a campaign against Muslims in French led by the right wing in France that found a golden mine against French Muslims and Muslim immigrants."Sarko’s UMP is center right party”
This decision will increase the gap unfortunately between French Muslims and France as well the Muslims in general especially in the Arab world and France. Already today I found a friend of mine who is a liberal describing the decision of France as racist especially France battle with Niqab is still in our mind.