A wise move …. that it would even be considered is sheer madness. Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris, and other imams said last month that the number of mosques should be doubled by 2017.
Mind you, no mosque can ever be turned into a church or synagogue. Once a mosque, always and forever a mosque. Just another example of the rampant Islamic supremacism inherent in Islam.
A masjid is normally made into a waqf or endowment (sometimes difficult to establish depending on the legal connotations of endowment in some countries). However, once a masjid is erected, it will always be a masjid and the property of Allah. It cannot return to being the property of any person or community even those who may have paid for establishing it. ‘Allâma Haskafî writes,
If the inhabitants surrounding the masjid wither away and the masjid becomes desolate, it will still remain a masjid according to Imam Abû Hanîfa and Imam Abû Yûsuf until the Last Day, and the fatwâ is on this opinion (Hâwî al-Qudsî)” (al-Durr al-Mukhtâr 3:371). (source)
Al-Islam: A place becomes a mosque when general permission is given to pray in it, whether it is stated clearly that it is a waqf or endowment given for the sake of Allah, or it is not stated, according to the majority of scholars apart from the Shaafa‘is. See: al-Mawsoo‘ah al-Fiqhiyyah, 37/220
It’s funny. If you google “mosque(s) converted into church(es),” the only search results that come up are for “churches converted into mosques.”
It’s that special kind of Islamic reciprocity — it only goes one way. To Islam.
Sarkozy signs petition against proposal to turn unused French churches into mosques
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy joins string of Right-wing intellectuals to sign petition following a proposal by Paris mosque head that unused churches could be turned into mosques
By Henry Samuel, Paris
8:07PM BST 09 Jul 2015
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy signed a petition on Thursday criticising a proposal to turn empty churches into mosques, as a poll suggested that more than two thirds of French people are vehemently against the idea.
Other signatures on the petition, called Don’t Touch My Church, included controversial writer and political journalist Éric Zemmour and philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, as well as Jeannette Bougrab, the former partner of Stéphane Charbonnier, Charlie Hebdo’s slain editor.
The petition, published in the Right-wing magazine Valeurs Actuelles, comes after Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris, said he was in favour of repurposing unused churches due to the serious dearth of places of worship for Muslims.
“This is a delicate issue, but why not,” he told Europe 1 radio last month. “It’s the same God, the rites are similar, fraternal and I think that Muslims and Christians can coexist and live together,” he said.
The petition said the French would never “tolerate the prospect of a religious practice other than Catholic in their churches”.
“A church is not a mosque, and to claim that the ‘rites are the same’ is a scandalous denial of reality,” it went on.
Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, another former French president, and Edouard Balladur, a former prime minister, also responded to Mr Boubakeur’s proposal in the magazine’s appeal to “preserve these sentinels of the French soul”.
“The French Catholic churches have been part of the historical heritage of the French population for ten centuries,” Mr Giscard d’Estaing wrote, while Mr Balladur stressed the need to save “the traditions that are largely the image and culture of our nation.”
France is home to around 40,000 churches for a population of around four million practicing Catholics.
The country currently has around 2,500 mosques, while another 300 are under construction. But with more than five million Muslims in France – the largest population in Europe – Mr Boubakeur and other imams suggested last month that the number of mosques should be doubled by 2017.
Calls for more mosques have been supported by France’s Christian leaders as a “legitimate” demand.
“Muslims should, like Christians and Jews, be able to practise their religion,” Monseigneur Ribadeau-Dumas, spokesperson for the Bishops’ Conference of France, told French radio station Europe 1.
However, more than 67 per cent of French are opposed to the suggestion, and are two and a half times more likely to say “totally opposed” than “somewhat opposed”, according to a survey by the French Institute of Public Opinion, Ifop.
“Even if France is deeply de-Christianised since the 1960s, there is a real commitment … to the Christian roots and their symbols,” Jerome Fourquet, Ifop’s director of opinion and strategy, told the magazine.
In April, Thierry Mandon, the Socialist minister of simplification, said that the lack of “decent” places of worship for French Muslims was partly to blame for some believers turning to radical Islam.
His words came as France struggles to calm community tensions in the wake of the January Islamist attacks in Paris.
“There aren’t enough mosques in France,” he told iTele. “The more you let the Muslims of France pray in cellars and garages, the more you hold a mirror up to discrimination that is the basis of anger and fertile ground for radicalisation,” he said.
Mr Sarkozy, who hopes to lead his conservative The Republicans party to the 2017 presidential race, has toughened his stance on Islam. He recently called for France’s ban on the Islamic headscarf to be extended from schools to universities and for halal meals in schools to be scrapped.
Since a 1905 law separating the church and state, France does not fund the construction of religious buildings.
This has led to complaints that many new mosques in France are funded by foreign Muslim states with sometimes radical religious views.
Anouar Kbibech, new head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith, said that it was “up to French Muslims to take themselves in hand”.
The solution, he said, was to build “local human-sized projects, that can be funded by believers themselves” rather than vast “mosque cathedrals”. These should “fit into French architectural heritage” in a harmonious way, he told Metronews.
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