27 October 2020
MUSCAT (WAF) – Ahmed al-Khalili, the Grand Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman, issued a statement calling for the withdrawal of capital from economic institutions run by “arrogant aggressors” against the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him (PBUH), after French President Emmanuel Macron’s statements about Islam.
Al-Khalili’s statement came at a time as calls to boycott French products are spreading, in response to the position of the French president in favour of publishing the cartoons offensive to the Prophet.
Al-Khalili said, on Twitter, that he supports those who “called on Muslims to boycott all exports from those who encroached on his (the Prophet’s) great personality … and they did not care about the feelings of this nation towards this personality.”
The Grand Mufti called on Muslims to build an economy free from dependency on those who abuse religious symbols, and for the return of Muslim capital to their “great Islamic homeland.”
According to the official statistics by NCSI, Oman’s merchandise imports from France amounted to about 73.26 million Omani Rials ($190.5 million) in 2019. French imports account for 6.6% of the total merchandise imports to the Sultanate.