Amid a heated debate over Islamophobia on social media, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has blasted French President Emmanuel Macron in an Instagram post.
Emmanuel Macron has become a focal point of fury from Muslims around the world after defending the Charlie Hebdo cartoon that led to a Chechen teen beheading a school teacher in the Paris suburbs two weeks ago.
After three people were killed yesterday in Nice yesterday, Macron has hardened his stance and stated that he will ‘not give any ground on freedom of expression’.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was the latest personality to condemn Emmanuel Macron’s statement.
“May the Almighty disfigure the face of this creature and all his followers, who, under the slogan of freedom of speech, offend the feelings of more than one and a half billion Muslim believers. May the Almighty humiliate them in this life, and in the next. Allah is quick in the calculation and you will see it.
“We are Muslims, we love our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) more than our mothers, fathers, children, wives and all other people close to our hearts. Believe me, these provocations will come out sideways for them, the end is always for the God-fearing.” Khabib Nurmagomedov wrote on Instagram. [Via Google Translator]
Emmanuel Macron faces heat from Muslims globally
Leaders from Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran etc have accused Macron of fueling islamophobia.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani took a dig at France and warned that insulting the Prophet would encourage ‘violence and bloodshed’.
Pakistani PM Imran Khan called Macron to end polarisation.
“This is a time when President Macron could have put a healing touch and denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarization and marginalization that inevitably leads to radicalization,” Imran Khan tweeted.
And in Cairo, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said freedom of expression should stop if it offended more than 1.5 billion people.