The Union for Islamic Organizations of France Issues a Fatwa Against
the Righteous People’s Rebellion!
Monday, November 7th, 2005
Nantes, Lille, Orléans, Rennes, Lyon, Montceau-les-Mines... The
righteous rebellion is spreading everywhere.
So what does the Union for Islamic Organizations of France do?
On November 6th it issued a “Fatwa Concerning the Troubles in France.”
By doing so it has proven that it is an institution, an extention of the
State, whose leader Chirac called for calm just a few days ago.
The UIOF is playing on people’s religious feelings to try and divide the
people who are rebelling.
The UIOF explains that “In several verses of the Holy Quran, God condemns
destruction and disorder and rejects those who carry it out.”
It quotes verse 64 of Sura 5 “Allah loveth not those who do mischief.”;
and also verse 60 of Sura 2 : “do no evil nor mischief on the (face of the)
earth.” (See also 2/27; 2/205; 7/56; 28/77; etc.)
Thus the UIOF is clearly calling on people to submit to bourgeois society.
As it cannot come out and say so openly, instead it is repeating what all
of the bourgeois organizations are saying, that this is not a righteous
rebellion but is instead “disorder”: “the need to express one’s distress
or one’s unhappiness does not negate the rights of innocent people who have
seen their cars and businesses set on fire”, “The grave events that have
shaken the Parisian suburbs over the past days show the depths of hopelessness
to which many young people have sunk, which leads them to feel that they
have nothing left to lose.”
The UIOF supports the tranquility of bourgeois society, so far as it is
concerned the events “are disturbing people’s peace, infringing on their safety
and their property and could also put their lives in danger.”
Statements like these are simply attempts to defend the position of the
comfortable middle class and people from immigrant communities who have been
integrated into the structure of the State or the bourgeoisie.
Whether one is Moslem or not, from an immigrant community or not, what
counts in France is class struggle, and this rebellion is a righteous proletarian
According to the UIOF, “It is formally forbidden for any Moslem to seek
divine grace from taking part in any action that blindly strikes private or
public property or can harm others. To participate in such actions is forbidden.”
The class struggle does not strike blindly.
It is like a mole that tunnels, looking for its way, and which finally
Or as Rosa Luxembourg observed at the time of the Russian Revolution :
“Despite betrayal, despite the universal failure of the working masses,
despite the disintegration of the Socialist International, the great historical
law is making headway - like a mountain stream which has been diverted from
its course and has plunged into the depths, it now reappears, sparkling and
gurgling, in an unexpected place.
“Old mole. History, you have done your work well! At this moment the slogan,
the warning cry, such as can be raised only in the great period of global
change, again resounds through the International and the German proletariat.
That slogan is: Imperialism or Socialism!
“War or Revolution! There is no third way!”
Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist Maoist) November 2005
Please note that the above text about the past
week’s riots in Clichy-Sous-Bois come from the website of the Communist Party
(Marxist-Leninist Maoist) in France and translated by yours truly. I
have a “fast and loose” translation philosophy, meaning that when there is
a choice between readability and the original phraseology i tend to favour
the former, provided that the meaning stays the same. The original document can be seen in French.
This originally came from my blog - Sketchy Thoughts
- and is one of a number of pieces i wrote or translated regarding the
riots that rocked France in October and November 2005. To see the a complete
list of such posts, i suggest you check out the 2005 Riots In France page on the Kersplebedeb