RELIGION – The Council of State rejected this Thursday, May 7 the request of the Paris Mosque to be able to leave the mosques open for part of the night of May 8 to 9, a special night of Ramadan, on the grounds, in particular that “the situation health remains worrying ”.

The rector of the Paris Mosque demanded that places of worship can open from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., during the curfew, the night of May 8 to 9, which corresponds to the “Night of Destiny” in the month of Ramadan .

This night “constitutes an essential rite for Muslims, namely the celebration of the night during which the Koran was revealed to the prophet Mohammed (…) by the angel Gabriel”, argued Chems-eddine Hafiz, who had seized the highest administrative court after a first refusal of the Minister of the Interior.

The Council of State justified its decision by the fact that “the health situation remains worrying, with indicators still degraded and a rate of spread of the virus which remains high on the whole of the territory”, affirms the institution, in a commentary accompanying the decision.

The summary judge also noted that it is already possible for Muslims “to participate collectively in religious ceremonies organized between 6 am and 7 pm”. And that “the Minister of the Interior has, for the period of Ramadan, authorized the opening of mosques at the first morning prayer” (before 6 am).

⚖ The interim judge rejects the request to lift the curfew on the occasion of the Night of Destiny The health situation remains worrying Alternative measures have been put in place by many mosques ➡ https://t.co /L5nFflECfvpic.twitter.com/la1ATDbiox

He also notes that “alternative measures have been put in place by many mosques to allow appropriate monitoring of believers” for this night, in particular “with a religious service by dematerialized means”.

Another argument: “it would be very difficult for the public authorities to ensure that all trips during the night of May 8 to 9, except for an overriding reason, are linked to the“ Night of Destiny ”, affirms the Council of State .

Therefore, “the impossibility of going to a place of worship during the curfew, including for the“ Night of Destiny ”, does not constitute a manifestly disproportionate interference with the freedom of worship in view of the objective protection of public health ”, he concludes.

In a statement, the rector of the Mosque of Paris, said he had taken “note of the decision” and assured that the practice of this Night of Destiny could not be done, from now on, “only in compliance with the rules”. “The rule has been verified, the rule must apply,” he added.

The fasting month of Ramadan began on April 13 and is due to end around May 13.

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