The video was removed from the Facebook page of the place of worship, which is under construction, immediately after the attack he condemned.
M’hammed Henniche does not procrastinate. Yes, the great mosque of Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis) has indeed broadcast on its Facebook page the message of the father of the college of Bois-d’Aulne. “I confirm it to you», Told Release, the president of the association which manages the future place of worship, the first stone of which was laid in February.
Like hundreds of people, the Muslim leader received, a dozen days ago, the first video of Brahim C., the father of the student who launched the campaign against Samuel Paty, the murdered teacher, on Friday evening, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. “At least ten people sent it to me. It circulated a lot, especially through WhatsApp groups», Says Henniche.
“The video was already viral in Muslim circles”
«I was not shocked by the cartoons, he argues at Release. Whether published or not, we don’t care now. ” On October 9 in the evening, the Muslim official posted the video. What would have motivated Henniche, it is the discrimination imposed, according to him, to the Moslem pupils within the framework of the course given on October 5 by Samuel Paty. “I do not understand that we ask children of the Republic to leave a class“, Declares Henniche.
This reading of events does not quite correspond to what happened at the Collège du Bois-d’Aulne. In fact, Brahim C., the father of the family, seems to have maintained a certain ambiguity in his video posted on October 7. Anyway, M’hammed Henniche takes responsibility for showing the video. But he denies having multiplied his audience. “She was already viral in Muslim circles», He assures.
The president of the mosque is a well-known figure in the Paris region. At the head of the Union of Muslim Associations of Seine-Saint-Denis, Henniche is influential with local officials of places of worship and political figures in the department. The case is more than embarrassing for the future great mosque of Pantin. Its construction should have started this summer but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The project which brings together the Muslim associations of Pantin is supported by the municipality which provided the land.
Communiqué strongly condemning the attack
In the meantime, the prayers still take place in the old premises very frequented a few years ago by groups of young Salafists. “It has changed a lot», Assures Henniche. However, the Salafist Imam Ibrahim Abou Talha is still stationed there. Of Malian origin, he trained in the sulphurous center of Dammaj in Yemen, which had seen one of the Kouachi brothers pass.
The preacher is part of a network where we also find Youssef Abou Anas, the former manager of the mosque of Ecquevilly (Yvelines), closed by the authorities in November 2016 for radicalism. According to the president of the mosque, Ibrahim Abu Talha is however no longer the only imam to preach during the big Friday prayer.
Like many Muslim leaders in the Paris region, Henniche also knows Abdelhakim Sefrioui, the Islamist activist who led the violent campaign against Samuel Paty. The Muslim leader claims to have broken with him in 2012. “He threatened to come and demonstrate in front of the mosque because I had taken part in a trip to Israel.», He says.
As of Friday evening, the video of the father of the family was removed from the Facebook page of the place of worship. In the process, the mosque issued a press release strongly condemning the conflict in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. Henniche regrets having broadcast the video. “No one, he said, really nobody, could imagine, on October 9th when I posted it, that it would end in this assassination».