A curious and timely tale about the increasing disconnect between Muslims and Western leaders:
Followers of Moroccan blogger Ahmed, who writes on Alash? [Ar] (Why?), know he is fond of the art of satire. Earlier this month he published a post about a supposed announcement by the French President Nicolas Sarkozy [Ar] of a series of measures to “encourage” French Muslims to follow a French version of this year’s Ramadan.
The blogger writes quoting his imaginary Sarkozy:
Ø§Ø®ÙˆØ§Ù†ÙŠ Ø§Ù„Ù…ÙˆØ§Ø·Ù†ÙŠÙ†ØŒ Ø§Ù„Ù…Ø³Ù„Ù… Ø§Ù„ÙØ±Ù†Ø³ÙŠ Ù‡Ùˆ ÙØ±Ù†Ø³ÙŠ Ù‚Ø¨Ù„ Ø£Ù† ÙŠÙƒÙˆÙ† Ù…Ø³Ù„Ù…Ø§ ÙˆØ¹Ù„ÙŠÙ‡ ÙØ¥Ù† Ù‚Ù‡ÙˆØ© Ø§Ù„ØµØ¨Ø§Ø Ù…Ø¹ Ø§Ù„Ù‡Ù„Ø§Ù„ÙŠØ© (ÙƒØ±ÙˆØ§ØµÙˆÙ†) ØªÙ‚Ù„ÙŠØ¯ ÙØ±Ù†Ø³ÙŠ Ø¹Ø±ÙŠÙ‚ Ù„Ø§ ÙŠØ¬Ø¨ Ø§Ù„ØªØ®Ù„ÙŠ Ø¹Ù„ÙŠÙ‡. Ù„Ø°Ø§ ÙˆØ§Ù†Ø·Ù„Ø§Ù‚Ø§ Ù…Ù† ÙØªØ§ÙˆÙ‰ Ø§Ù„Ø£Ø²Ù‡Ø± ØÙˆÙ„ ÙÙ‚Ù‡ Ø§Ù„Ø£Ù‚Ù„ÙŠØ§Øª ÙØ§Ù†Ù‡ ÙŠØ¬ÙˆØ² Ù„Ù„Ù…Ø³Ù„Ù… Ø§Ù„ÙØ±Ù†Ø³ÙŠ Ø§Ù„ØµØ§Ø¦Ù… Ø§Ù† ÙŠØ¨Ø¯Ø£ ØµØ¨Ø§ØÙ‡ Ø¨Ù‚Ù‡ÙˆØ© Ù…Ø¹ Ù‡Ù„Ø§Ù„ÙŠØ© ÙƒØºÙŠØ±Ù‡ Ù…Ù† Ø£Ø¨Ù†Ø§Ø¡ Ø§Ù„Ø´Ø¹Ø¨ Ø§Ù„ÙØ±Ù†Ø³ÙŠ Ø¹Ù„Ù‰ Ø§Ù„Ø³Ø§Ø¹Ø© Ø§Ù„Ø«Ø§Ù…Ù†Ø© Ù‚Ø¨Ù„ Ø§Ù†Ø·Ù„Ø§Ù‚ Ø§Ù„Ø¹Ù…Ù„.“Fellow citizens, “The French Muslim is French before being a Muslim. Therefore, the old French tradition of early morning breakfast with coffee and croissant should not be abandoned [during the month of Ramadan]. And based on fatwas (religious edicts) from Al-Azhar University and their jurisprudence concerning [Muslim] minorities, it is permissible for fasting French Muslims to start the day with the morning coffee and croissant like all other French people do, at 8 A.M. before leaving for work.”
What started as a joke is now being peddled around Middle Eastern blogs and online forums. Seeing his article being presented as a factual account, with no reference to the source, the blogger updated his original post writing a disclaimer and warning that “this article is a satirical account of an event that did not happen. The objective was to discuss the relationship between Sarkozy [”¦] and the Muslim minority in France.”