It has been three months that the Prophet Muhammad (ppuh) has been insulted in France;
obscenities that have been state-sponsored I might add. As far as I know, the French
government did not retract its words or actions, did not apologise, and only renewed its
arrogance towards these degrading caricatures of the OUR Prophet. It is great to condemn these
actions, but what are you going to do about it? We are experts at barking, but this is falling on
The least one can do is to boycott French products and companies and remind any and every
single Muslim about it. It is only by staying unified against this injustice that things can change.
So do not despair or minimise this action. Conscious injustice only understands two things: force
and money. Unfortunately, force is out of the question since it falls on Muslim leaders to take
such action (and we fully know how corrupt they are)l. However, as individuals, we have the
power to affect the economy, and that is actually often more effective than force.
For instance, to demonstrate how the pocket is sometimes stronger than the sword, I will give
you an example that I witnessed first hand. Where I live, in Quebec (who are the little cousins of
France, they usually try to follow French policy 10 years down the road), there was a bill project
that would disallow animals to be slaughtered without being stunned first. This is under the
pretext that it is more « humane ». Shooting a high-powered piston gun into an animal’s skull is
not what I would call « humane », but I digress. This law project had only one goal in mind: to
eliminate Halal slaughter (what is permissible for Muslims). However, the government can’t just
come out and say that they will ban all Halal slaughter because this is a direct attack on
religious freedoms (thanks to Allah that Quebec is a province of Canada). So it was designed to
circumvent this constraint and was greatly debated at the National Assembly (Quebec
After getting wind of this, a group of Muslims in Quebec started a petition that recorded over
60 000 signatures. However, the government didn’t back down. But there was a certain
monetary incentive involved… The wording of the petition included the provision that the
Muslims who signed the petition would still get their meat the Halal way but would do so in
Ontario (province next to Quebec). Plus, this petition was sent to the UPA (Union de
Producteurs Agricoles, farmers union), so it was the farmers union that took up the battle. You
see, normally Christmas is the biggest holiday for Quebecers in general, but for farmers, it is Eid
al-Adha. It is during those three days that they make the equivalent of their whole year in
income. Most farms in Quebec are still family-run farms who cannot afford to lose a substantial
income and the ruling party at that time has a large number of voters who are from rural areas.
So when you put two and two together… the bill didn’t make it to a vote.
This might be at a small scale, but when you up the ante, the result is only greater. We are
talking about a G7 nation, that insulted the greatest man in history, who is followed by 1,5
billion Muslims… Those are some large stakes, and there can only be one winner. The whole
world is watching, either to follow suite like France, or see the ramifications of their actions and
Unfortunately, there are a lot of Muslims (and especially media outlets in predominantly Muslim
countries) that wish to trivialize the boycott: « Do you really think that not buying La Vache Qui
Rit cheese will really bring France to it’s knees? » Yes, because it is not only milk products we are
talking about but whole industries that actually export largely to Africa. And just for the sake of
argument, even if it doesn’t do anything to change the situation, you can at least know that you
did something, even minute, in order to refute this injustice.
What I can’t fathom is how can a Muslim put all the considerations of the world on one side of
the scale and the Prophet Muhammad on the other, and the Prophet does not come out on
top?!?! The Prophet (ppuh) said:
“None of you truly believes until I am more beloved to him than his child, his father and all the
(Sahih Bukhari and Muslim)
Whether your action is a petition, a demonstration, a dialogue or setting to set the record
straight, do not miss an opportunity to defend the Prophet of Allah. And don’t let anyone
discourage you or frighten you in this endeavor, for:
Say, [O Muḥammad], “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your relatives, wealth
which you have obtained, commerce wherein you fear decline, and dwellings with which you are
pleased are more beloved to you than Allah and His Messenger and jihād [i.e., striving] in His
cause, then wait until Allah executes His command. And Allah does not guide the defiantly
Surat At-Tawbah (9 – 24)
So if you want to know how to determine if a product is from France or belongs to a French
company, here are a few sites with that info.
Moreover, there are a lot of products that are made in countries other than in France, but the
company is a French multinational. So it is often good to read the back of the label or check the
barcode number for the country of origin.
And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers.
Surat Adh-Dhariyat (51 – 55)
So please do the same and share your deeds with your brothers and sisters in Islam. So spread the word, just like the Prophet Muhammad did for 23 years of his life.