February 3, 2016
A national conference of Muslims of France will be held next March in Lyon, according to the Great Mosque of Paris.
The decision to hold the conference was made during a working meeting in Paris chaired by the rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubaker and President of the Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF) Amar Lasfar.
“In continuation of their coordination on major issues of Islam in France, the two sides agreed to organize a national congress of Muslims of France in Lyon in March,” the source said.
The two sides called on all Muslim organizations and associations to join this initiative which “became urgent against the current vacuum in the expression of Muslims of France in the context of anxiety experienced by France.”
The objective of this conference, highlight the two parties, is to “confirm citizen expression, peaceful and responsible for the Muslim community, to protect young people from all extremist or radical temptation and deliver a message of peace and hope to all of our citizens.”
They also agreed to continue work “already underway” on the agreement of the prayer calendar, fixing the dates of the month of Ramadan and religious holidays, with the forthcoming establishment of a joint theological commission between the two respective institutes for training imams.
A national conference of imams will be held at the end of the year, says the same source.