Moroccan Islamic preacher Shaykh 'Umar al-Hadushi has a message for Muslims (also spelled Omar al-Haddouchi): Leave France, because any non-Muslim country is comparable to a toilet. Toilets, he says, are places where a man goes to "take care of...business...then leaves."
In a recently-released video, al-Hadushi's angst is aimed at the European country's ban on hijabs and on restrictions on the call to prayer. Islam, he says, must be exalted above all else and it should never be lower than anything else in one's life.
"Al-Hadushi provides several conditions which must be present for a Muslim to reside in a non-Muslim country," Translating Jihad reports. "The most important of which is that he must be in a position to influence those around him, but he is not to be influenced by others."
He went on to call France "the land of polytheists" and to tell his audience audience that Muslims are permitted to "emigrate from a country which insults the Islamic scholars."
Translating Jihad provides a full transcript of the controversial words:
I say unto my brothers in France, I love you as you have loved me. I also give unto you my counsel, which is primarily for myself. [...]
I say unto you, then, that you must leave. You must leave the land of the polytheists. The Prophet (PBUH) has said: “Do not gaze into their fire.” He also said, “None of us reside with the polytheists.”
He once found a woman who had been slain, and he said, “I have nothing to do with any Muslim living among the polytheists.” Therefore we should not increase the numbers of the polytheists. The Prophet (PBUH) said in the two Sahihs also in the hadith of A’isha, “An army will invade the Ka’aba, and when the invaders reach al-Bayda’ the ground will sink and swallow the whole army.” I said, "O Allah's Apostle! How will they sink into the ground while amongst them will be their markets and the people not belonging to them?" The Prophet replied, "All of those people will sink but they will be resurrected and judged according to their intentions." Islamic scholars say that the benefit of this hadith is that it forbids increasing the numbers of the polytheists.
Therefore if a Muslim is unable to declare and openly observe the rituals of his religion in a certain country, then he must emigrate from that country. This emigration does not cease until the Day of Resurrection. There are different types of emigration, for the Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is no emigration after the conquest--only jihad and good intentions.” In other words, from Mecca to Medina, because Mecca was conquered and became the house of Islam. But there still remains another emigration which does not cease, like jihad does not cease until the Day of Resurrection.
Therefore, you can emigrate from a country which insults the Islamic scholars. Emigrate from a country in which the shari’a cannot be applied. Emigrate from a country which bans the hijab, or the call to prayer. The very first ritual which should be witnessed by the people is that of the call to prayer. But France bans the call to prayer, and now bans the hijab. Therefore you must now flee from that country.
Some scholars even say if a man travels to the land of the polytheists for trade, or work, if he had to travel there, the following conditions must be present. First, he must possess sound doctrine. He must be armed with sound doctrine. Second, he must be able to outwardly observe the rituals of his religion. Third, he must not be performing humiliating work, such as a garbage collector or sweeper, for this is never permissible. This is something polytheists should do, for Islam should always be above, never below.
The most important condition which scholars have imposed, is that Muslims should influence others, and not be influenced by others. This is in the situation that he is compelled to go there for work or study, something which is not present in Muslim lands. If he is armed with sound doctrine, he can influence the polytheists, and he cannot be influenced. I mean, no one can influence him to become a Christian, Allah forbid, or worse. [...]
I also say unto you that living among the polytheists is like what a man does in the toilet. He goes in to take care of his business then leaves. Does anybody live in the toilet? The answer is no. [...] It's the same with the lands of the polytheists. [...]
Watch al-Hadushi's controversial words, complete with English subtitles:
(H/T: Translating Jihad)