From this Thursday, the Muslims of Belgium Executive Council had announced in our columns that it wanted to plan an action for this Friday in the country's mosques following the attacks in Brussels. But also to unify a discourse for the Friday prayer on 25 March.
... During a meeting, as has been stated to us from several sources, the religious representatives refused to ask the imams to recite the Sura "Al-Fatiha" (the opening) in homage to the victims of the attacks. And this was because the victims were not all Muslims. "They offered the pretext that this was not provided for in the ritual codes. That is to say that it is not anticipated in practice to dedicate a prayer to non-Muslims."
This information was confirmed to us by the islamologist Michaël Privot. "To summarise the remarks, there was a refusal to recite this prayer in homage to 'unbelievers'. A minute of silence was also proposed during the meeting, which was again refused," he adds.