FRANCE- The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), on Saturday, slammed a request from the French Minister of Citizenship, Marlène Schiappa, for mosque imams to recommend same-sex marriage as a double standard against Islam.
In a Facebook post addressed to the French Minister, IUMS Secretary-General Ali al-Qaradaghi dubbed the request as “provocative” and “does not support a peaceful life in France”.
On March 23, Schiappa made televised remarks, saying imams of mosques in France “must recognize, in their sermons, the right to marriage for people of the same sex”.
“The world has become a small village. The impact of every negative decision extends far beyond what the decision-maker expects,” Qaradaghi said. He called for respect of “the sanctities of society and its religious pluralism”.
Qaradaghi said Schiappa’s statement also violated laws and that her support for homosexuality is prohibited not only in Islam but by “all divine laws.”
“The family in the traditional sense is made of a man, a woman, and their children, and it is the natural and legal definition supported by international human rights declarations,” Qaradaghi explained.
He shunned homosexuality as “an aggression” against human nature and the meaning of the family.
The union leader urged Muslims in France “to appeal to civil law and institutions to confront any law that limits their human rights and most importantly their religious freedom.”
For his part, Paris Mosque responds to statements by minister urging imams to recognize same-sex marriage.
As such, the Rector of the Grand Paris Mosque Chems-Eddine Hafiz “deplored these statements, which mark a violation of the law and flout religious realities “.
“As rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, I did everything possible to reach the conclusion of this charter, which is a very strong commitment from our Muslim federations in France. This charter, unambiguously, affirmed that Muslim religious practice, is perfectly, in line with the laws and principles of the Republic “, indicated a statement from the same Muslim religious structure in France.
For the Rector of the mosque of Paris, “the declarations of Madame Marlène Schiappa are incomprehensible and unacceptable. First, this charter is not an act of the government but a commitment of the Muslim federations and I urge the government to respect the work of these federations, which act with a spirit of responsibility and independence “.
“…….like other monotheistic religions, Islam recognizes marriage only between people of different sex. No public or political authority can dictate a religious doctrine “, concluded the same source.