A French Muslim cleric said in a recent sermon that Muslims can hold allegiance only to the Koran, likening it to a constitution superior to the French Constitution and an anthem greater than national anthem of France.
“The book of Allah is our anthem, our identity. It has been said that the Quran is our constitution,” French Imam Mohamed Khattabi said in a Jan. 1 sermon, excerpts of which were translated this week by the Middle East Media Research Institute.
The same cleric previously said he dreamed Muslims would one day rule France, Britain, Germany and Belgium. That sermon was delivered just hours before the November Islamic State-linked Paris attacks, where 130 people were killed.
In his New Year’s Day sermon, Khattabi tried to answer those in France who have criticized Muslim immigrants who never learned the words of the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.”
“The Muslims would like to recite the first verse of the Koran. … ‘La Marseillaise’ was composed by a mere mortal, whereas the Koran was composed by God — sorry conveyed, not composed, by God,” he told the Montpellier congregation.
“My Koran, my book, the word of my Lord, I sing its praises, I am proud of it and I pray with it, so you complain that we have not learned to recite ‘La Marseillaise’ when you would like to alter the Koran? What kind of abomination is this?” he said.
“We are supposed to prefer man-made words over words conveyed by God?” Khattabi said, adding that his remarks were applicable to any country, not only France.
The imam also asserted that the the Christian gospels and the Torah are “nine times” more violent than the Koran.
“Islam does not speak of violence. … There are numerous verses on killing and violence in the gospels and in the Torah and only a few in the Koran,” he said.
(Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them”)
(Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.”)
(Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”
(Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”)
(Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” )
(Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah” )
(Quran (17:16) – “And when We wish to destroy a town, We send Our commandment to the people of it who lead easy lives, but they transgress therein; thus the word proves true against it, so We destroy it with utter destruction.”)
(Quran (33:60-62) – “If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and the alarmists in the city do not cease, We verily shall urge thee on against them, then they will be your neighbors in it but a little while. Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.”)
(Quran (47:35) – “Be not weary and faint-hearted, crying for peace, when ye should be uppermost (Shakir: “have the upper hand”) for Allah is with you,” )
(Quran (61:4) – “Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way”)
(Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”)
(Bukhari (52:65) – The Prophet said, ‘He who fights that Allah’s Word, Islam, should be superior, fights in Allah’s Cause.”)
(Bukhari (52:220) – Allah’s Apostle said… ‘I have been made victorious with terror’)
(Muslim (1:33) – the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”)
(Bukhari (8:387) – Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally.”)
(Muslim (1:30) – “The Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded to fight against people so long as they do not declare that there is no god but Allah.”)
(Bukhari (52:73) – “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Know that Paradise is under the shades of swords’.” )
(Bukhari (11:626) – [Muhammad said:] “I decided to order a man to lead the prayer and then take a flame to burn all those, who had not left their houses for the prayer, burning them alive inside their homes.”)
(Muslim (1:149) – “Abu Dharr reported: I said: Messenger of Allah, which of the deeds is the best? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Belief in Allah and Jihad in His cause…”)
(Muslim (20:4645) – “…He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa’id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!”)
(Muslim (20:4696) – “the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: ‘One who died but did not fight in the way of Allah nor did he express any desire (or determination) for Jihad died the death of a hypocrite.'”)
In his November sermon, Khattabi said, “We dream of seeing our children become ministers and dignitaries, and even presidents. Why not? We want them to rule France one day, to rule Belgium, Germany and Britain.”
He went on to say that for Muslims, the concepts of homeland, borders and nation can only be centered on a belief in Allah and the Prophet Muhammad, not Western concepts of nationalism.