French Muslims Take on Radicalization in Le Bourget

PARIS – France’s largest Islamic conference opened on Friday, May 13, offering French Muslims a platform to reflect their opinion on radicalization and reject violence falsely committed in the name of their religion.

“This is our response to radicalization,” Amar Lasfar, the president of the Union of Islamic Organizations of France (UOIF), was quoted by on Friday.

Organized by UOIF, Le Bourget, the largest Islamic conference in France, opened on Friday, six months after Paris attacks last November 13.

Themed “Together We make the Future”, the four-day conference discusses a host of topics of interest for the Muslim community in France.

It will run from May 13 to May 16 and will broadcast on Iqraa TV for free during this period.

The event is expected to draw 150,000 visitors annually. Le Bourget’s attendants will be able to visit a 15,000 square meter exhibition space in which typical products from the Arab and Muslim world will be displayed.

Program of this three-day conference include coffee discussions, reading the Qur’an and prayers.

Le Bourget has become a fixture in the French calendar, a chance for Muslims to meet, hear speeches from intellectuals and scholars.

Thousands of Muslims came in droves to the annual gala, going through a miscellany of books and items on display, attending lectures and vying in contests for the memorization of the Qur’an.

Thousands of Muslims from across Europe attend the annual activities, with young women in their unmistakable hijabs and enthusiastic young men making up the bulk of attendees.

France is home to some six to seven million Muslims, the largest Muslim minority in Europe.