In the absence of the papacy, and under constant pressure from President Macron, French Islam has announced a historic and at the same time unusual event: the creation of an organ of power for millions of Mohammedans, made up of 18 imams and teachers of the law. The future National Council of Magnets (CNI) It will have as main competence the training of heads of mosques (imams), to ensure that they do not sympathize with jihadism, and the establishment of the orthodox doctrine, to guarantee that it does not collide with the civil laws of the republic.
The announcement was made by Mohamed Moussaoui, president of French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM), a body set up in its day by a group of prominent French imams to become the main interlocutor for the French authorities. The CFCM is a controversial institution within French Islam, since many consider it a “docile” instrument of the state, and oblivious to the reality of life in many Islamic communities. “The CFCM has no legitimacy, particularly among young people; three-quarters of French Muslims don’t even know him, ”the writer Hakim El Karoui complained in a statement to France Presse. For his part, the imam of the main Bordeaux mosque, Tareq Oubrou, did not hide his indignation: “I know many imams and none have been consulted before the creation of this National Council.”
In a way, the creation of the highest organ of Islam in France is a product accelerated by the latest wave of terrorist attacks. After the assassination of Professor Samuel Paty and the Nice attack, Macron has struck the table and demanded from his Islamic interlocutor “facts” to stop the radical breeding ground in many mosques in France. The Elysee bill to punish new crimes of jihadism is not sufficient. And the Council of the cult has seen the need to create overnight – or rather rescue, because it already tried without success in 2015 – a project of maximum authority for all of Islam.
Apart from the political controversy about its representativeness, the idea of constituting a unified religious power is completely foreign to Islam. Most of the six million French Mohammedans they belong to the mainstream of Islam, the Sunni. Sunnis have many schools or tendencies, which are neither recognized nor aspired to have a unity of criteria in the interpretation of Islamic law. Sunnism is not a coherent line of tradition around the Qur’an or the Sunna – the sayings and deeds of Muhammad – but rather a set of doctrines that have been consolidated over the centuries, fed by the discussions and writings of his teachers of the law.
But the greatest difficulty for the establishment of a single authority – in France or in any country with a Muslim majority – lies in the doctrinal rejection of any authority similar to that of the Catholic Church, serving as an authentic interpreter of the content of faith. Islam only admits as a last resort the relationship between the believer and Allah, a vision that bears some similarity to that of Protestant Christianity, for which the criterion is the “Scripture alone”, without Tradition or Magisterium.
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