Press Statement on the Immoderate Campaign against the Holy Qur'an in France

Press Statement on the Immoderate Campaign against the Holy Qur'an in France

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

We see that discussions about the murder of an old Jewish woman in France has brought about a defamation campaign against the divine book of Muslims the Holy Qur'an, resulting in some groups making some outrageous proposals beyond reasonable measure. One of such groups has gone far beyond measure to propose the removal of certain verses from the Qur'an.

It should be noted that it is not possible, in both scientific and ethical terms, to approve the purposeful misinterpretation of the Qur'anic verses out of their contexts.

It is also a point to remember that all Muslims, without exception, have the shared belief that the Qur'an is the last book revealed by Allah. This divine word has remained unchanged until now. It will remain unchanged until the last day as well.

According to the Qur'an, human life is valuable and inviolable, no matter what one's faith is. In fact, to kill an innocent person is like killing all people, and to help live a person is like helping all people live.

It is an undeniable fact that people of various beliefs, including Jews and Christians, have lived together in peace and tranquillity in Islamic societies for centuries. When people of different beliefs, Jews in particular, had to face discrimination and persecution in various parts of the world, the Islamic world became a safe haven for them. Muslims have always treated them with kindness, compassion, and justice as inspired by the source of mercy the Qur'an. Indeed, the cities of Istanbul, Quds, Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo, and Sarajevo as the centres of the Islamic civilisation have seen the best examples of coexistence in history.

Despite all these facts, to create false impression based on individual incidents by unknown perpetrators to cast aspersions on Islam, Muslims, and the Qur'an contradicts the intelligence, science, history, laws, and conscience. The prejudiced effort will not succeed anything except serving Islamophobia that has been threatening the fundamental rights and laws of Muslims recently. We condemn such provocative acts that hurt all Muslims and disrupt peace in the world. We invite the world public opinion to be more fair and reasonable.

Presidency of Religious Affairs of Turkey