France bans prominent Muslim NGO BarakaCity alleging ties with ‘radical Islamist movement’

BarakaCity, which operates in at least 26 states, said it was banned following years of "slander and ghastly lies."

Barakacity — WikipédiaOn Wednesday, the French government dissolved a prominent Muslim charity BarakaCity, amid high tensions in the nation due to the murder of a teacher earlier this month.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin confirmed on Twitter that the NGO was shut down during a Council of Ministers meeting on Wednesday. 

Darmanin defended the move over the NGO’s alleged ties to the “radical Islamist movement” and its “reveling in justifying terrorist acts”, which are allegations that BarakaCity has rejected. 

Details outlined in the decree notified by Darmanin accused BarakaCity and its founder Idriss Sihamedi of “spreading hateful, discriminatory and violent ideas” through its social media accounts.

Idriss Sihamedi. (BarakaCity France)

The decree also brought up a 2016 broadcasted interview in which Sihamedi declined to condemn Daesh.

BarakaCity, which operates in at least 26 states, said it was banned following years of “slander and ghastly lies.”

“The decree is a web of lies, and several of these claims have already been disproved by your intelligence agencies which began to dismiss them!” the organization wrote on Twitter.

“The dissolution is based on slander; we will fight until the conclusion.”

Sihamedi also took to Twitter to approach Turkish President Recep Erdoğan and request asylum for himself, and his staff, due to the death threats.

“We’re taking the last measures in France (even if they are small) and are doing everything we can to relocate our headquarters to a state that respects Muslims and unprotected people,” he added.

The decision to outlaw BarakaCity comes as French authorities have initiated a crackdown following the murder of Samuel Paty, a teacher who was decapitated by an 18-year-old Chechen refugee after showing his students a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad ﷺ during a class on freedom of expression.


Besides arrests, Darmanin and other French officials had declared plans to dissolve several organizations suspected of supporting Daesh-like ideologies.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin. (Martin Bureau / AFP)

Several French legal experts had cautioned last week that calls to dissolve such organizations would likely face constitutional challenges.

Speaking to France Inter radio on the 20th of October, a legal specialist on public freedoms Nicolas Hervieu warned that despite the “race” to declare firm measures, many such decisions could end up being challenged in front of the State Council if they didn’t go via due process.

“We can’t dissolve an association simply because we don’t agree with its opinions,” he said. “A simple political animosity doesn’t suffice. There has to be direct and clear calls for discrimination, violence, and hatred, and not in a zigzag manner or by links here and there.”

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  • A 15-year-old teenager was fornicating with his teacher, who is 40 years old, who is married with 3 children, two of whom are older than him !!!

    And after her husband and the school knew of betrayal, and it was a loud scandal, the teacher was transferred to Tania School in the same city. The student was transferred to another city 170 km away from their original city, however.
    The adulterer remained in a relationship and continued for 13 years, until the professor divorced her husband in 2006 and married her lover and her student in 2007!
    This adulterous student who emerged from the embrace of fornication, rancidity and betrayal with a married woman of his mother’s age; He became the president of a country called France and his name is
    Emmanuel Macron.

    He gives us a lesson today about the “crisis” of Islam, and he wants to change our religion, which the “adulterous student” does not agree with !!!

    This mucky student encourages the spread of caricatures about the teacher of mankind who taught humanity monotheism, morals, values ​​and ideals, upon whom is the best prayer and the most sincere submission!

    O Allah, Bless our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his family and companions as a whole

    ‎# اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّی عَلَی مُحَمَّدٍ وَّعَلَی آلِ مُحَمَّد

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