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Criminal Brigade’s findings ‘clear’ Professor Tariq Ramadan

Findings from the new Criminal Brigade’s investigations claim to clear Professor Tariq Ramadan of baseless allegations and also reveal the political underpinnings of a ‘judicial fiasco’, according to the Horizons Association. [1]

The Paris Criminal Brigade have added new decisive elements to the investigation file, which “clearly prove” the innocence of Prof. Ramadan. It also adds how the allegations were politically inspired. [2]

Prof. Ramadan, a prominent academic followed by millions across the world, was arrested following accusations of rape.

In October 2017, Henda Ayari, a 41-year-old feminist and secularist activist, accused Prof. Ramadan of sexual assault in Paris in 2012. Another accusation followed suit in the same month from an unknown 40-year-old with the alias ‘Christelle’, who claimed that Prof. Ramadan did the same in the south-eastern city of Lyon in 2009. [3]

However, the accusations were followed by changed stories, “missed” evidence, and later stories close to collapsing. [4] [5] [6]

Questions continued to be asked about the arrest and subsequent treatment of the prominent Muslim scholar, who was hospitalised during his detention. [7] Prof. Ramadan was arrested in Paris having attended voluntary questioning, which was promptly followed by his arrest. [8]

In November 2018, Prof. Ramadan was released on bail following a court hearing in front of an appeal judge in France, who decided to release him. [9]

The European office of Tariq Ramadan stated:

“Indeed, the experts have finally timestamped the messages Paule-Emma Aline [Christelle] claimed to have sent before her only meeting with Tariq Ramadan, in the aftermath of a discussion on Skype. However, all these messages were sent after the only meeting on October 9, 2009. Paule-Emma lied. The [messages’] content is an irrefutable proof that there has never been rape.

In addition, the Criminal Brigade has also discovered other messages from Paule-Emma Aline dated October 3 and 4, 2009, six days before the meeting, in which she explicitly speaks of “setting a trap” to Tariq Ramadan “in a hotel”. She tells her interlocutor (the Swiss plaintiff, according to the evidences) about her plan to trap him by calling on a “paparazzi” who could take compromising pictures and thus “take him down”. She talks about articles and a book in preparation aiming to tarnish Tariq Ramadan’s reputation, and says that “she were asked” to collaborate.”

The statement further added:

“The names of Ian Hamel and Khalil Zeguendi, two notorious opponents of Tariq Ramadan, are mentioned, as well as the existence of a “plan” against the professor. Moreover, six days before the meeting, Paule-Emma Aline had already, as it appears in the messages listed by the Criminal Brigade’s report, usurped Tariq Ramadan’s identity by creating a false email address under his name. She had previously confessed to the police that she had created many Facebook accounts under his name as well. Before the meeting, Paule-Emma Aline planned, manipulated and lied: therefore, the subjection argument does not stand.

In this case, the investigating judges’ attitude raises questions. Four facial recognition examinations, including one commissioned by the judges themselves, made it possible to prove that it was Paule-Emma Aline in the picture taken at a conference she was attending at the very moment she claimed to have been sequestered in a hotel room. However, at the investigating judges’ request, and the suggestion made by Paule-Emma Aline herself, eight people from the plaintiff’s inner circle were heard: her sister, her mother, her father, her cousin, her ex-concubine, a friend, Nacira Menadi and Caroline Fourest; in order to confirm or refute whether it was her on the picture or not! The judges, thus, give credit to the friends’ opinion all by neglecting the scientific examination conducted by four national and international specialized companies! The least that could be said is that this approach raises questions!”

In addition, another allegation was filed on 31st May 2019, where a 54-year-old woman (who shares the same lawyer as another accuser) accused Prof. Ramadan of a rape committed with another man on 23rd May 2014 at the Sofitel hotel in the city of Lyon. However, according to several reports, not only did Prof. Ramadan never stay at this hotel, but it is also clear that he was in Baltimore on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th of May 2014, where he delivered a lecture attended by more than ten thousand people.

The case against Prof. Ramadan has thus far been littered with controversy and an alarming disregard for standard protocol. In the days following his detention, it was revealed that key evidence was “missed” by prosecution that showed that Prof. Ramadan was travelling at the time of one of the alleged crimes. [10]

According to Le Point, another accuser’s story was close to collapsing after it was revealed that she was in fact at her brother’s wedding on the night she claimed Prof. Ramadan raped her. [11]

Furthermore, following Prof. Ramadan’s arrest, it later emerged that he was being held in solitary confinement in a high-security prison, [12] despite there being no clear case for such severe treatment. Prof. Ramadan was denied bail several times, having been held under “temporary custody,” which is usually reserved for those considered a flight risk. [13]

Reports emerged that Prof. Ramadan’s health continued to deteriorate as a result of multiple sclerosis and neuropathy. Despite medical examinations and multiple physicians confirming that his health condition was incompatible with detention, [14] the French authorities held him under solitary confinement and initially denied him visitation rights for the first 45 days. [15]

Following his arrest, there has been a smear campaign by media outlets who have erroneously taken these false accusations without conducting any independent investigations.

Reckless commentators have nonetheless fed their narratives on an unconfirmed allegation made by a self-labelled “secular liberal activist” who associates her ‘freedom’ with the removal of the hijab and many other normative and widespread Muslim customs she dubs ‘Salafism’[16]

Many Islamophobic mouthpieces have launched smear campaigns against Prof. Ramadan, including attempts at deriding his ancestry to the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna (rahimahu Allāh). It includes those owned by oligarchs who recently listed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation, namely, Al Jazeera’s desperate rival Al Arabiya.

Moreover, it has been appalling to see that certain groups within the Muslim community remained silent at the situation of another fellow believer, a brother that was wasting away in solitary confinement as a result of unjust detention by the racist, secular, and anti-Islam French authorities. However, what was even more saddening was the extent to which certain individuals within the Muslim community went as far as accusing and slandering Prof. Ramadan over the allegations. Following this recent news and the collapsing of allegations one may now ask, where are all those media outlets that were so eager to character assassinate the Professor when the accusations first arose? Where are all those Muslim individuals that slandered and accused the scholar? Besides the need for these individuals to reassess their actions, they certainly should consider studying Surah Hujurat. In the chapter, which contains etiquettes and norms that should be observed in the Muslim community, Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) tells the believers:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَن تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ

“O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.” [17]

Commenting on this verse, Shaikh Abu Rumaysah Refi Shafi says:

“Spreading rumours and gossip is incredibly dangerous. It destroys reputations, breaks down relationships and can upheave society itself. We are living in times where such acts have become very common, where people are losing basic decency and chivalry, and where the tabloid press thrives on such news. Therefore, the believer should receive such gossip carefully, first verifying the truth of it before deciding if there is any benefit in passing it on; and in most cases there is not.”

False reports bring about animosity and can upheave society itself. In the Qurʾān, we find that Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) harshly rebukes those who spread rumours without verification.

وَإِذَا جَاءَهُمْ أَمْرٌ مِّنَ الْأَمْنِ أَوِ الْخَوْفِ أَذَاعُوا بِهِ ۖ وَلَوْ رَدُّوهُ إِلَى الرَّسُولِ وَإِلَىٰ أُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْهُمْ لَعَلِمَهُ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَنبِطُونَهُ مِنْهُمْ

“Whenever news of any matter comes to them, whether concerning peace or war, they spread it about; if they had referred it to the Messenger and those in authority among them, those seeking its meaning would have found it out from them.” [18]

In addition, Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) gives a severe warning for those who agitate the community by spreading false news:

لَّئِن لَّمْ يَنتَهِ الْمُنَافِقُونَ وَالَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌ وَالْمُرْجِفُونَ فِي الْمَدِينَةِ لَنُغْرِيَنَّكَ بِهِمْ ثُمَّ لَا يُجَاوِرُونَكَ فِيهَا إِلَّا قَلِيلًا

“If the hypocrites, the sick at heart, and those who spread lies in the city do not desist, We shall rouse you against and then they will be your neighbours in this city for a short while.” [19]

To read the full statement by Horizons Association click here.

We ask Allāh (subḥānahu wa taʿālā) to grant Professor Tariq Ramadan and all those that have been treated unjustly good health and complete recovery, and that He brings about much greater good for them in this world and the next.



















[17] Surah Al-Hujurat 49:6

[18] al-Nisāʾ 4:183

[19] al-Aḥzāb 33:60

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  1. Dr Shah-Jalal Sarker

    The truth will come out eventually. May Allah give Ramadan better health. May Allah increase his intellect, hayat-e-tayabbah to serve Humanity.

  2. Shuhada As-Siddiqi

    This really is shameful. You quote Tariq Ramadan’s own press release almost verbatim as if “Horizons Association” is some kind of independent organisation.

    If you truly believed in God’s Law, you would at least take a stance like the organisation which promoted him and gave him a platform in France over many years, which finally issued a formal statement on the affair this week after his BFM TV interview:

    You quote Qur’an Al Hujurat 49:6: “O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.”

    Given all that this man himself has revealed, we can see that it applies as equally to himself as to the others. He lied about his alibi. He lied that he had never met these women. He lied that he had no relationships with them. Finally, when all evidence proved to the contrary he admitted having consensual sadist relationships with each of them, and with many others besides.

    But what have you done with the information brought to you by a disobedient one who ignored Quran 2:42, 17:32 and 9:119? Did you investigate at all? Surely Qur’an An Nisa 4:135 is instructive here:

    “O you who have believed, stand persistently firm in justice, witnesses for God, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, God is more worthy of both. So follow not personal inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort your testimony or refuse to give it, then indeed God is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.”

    Be just. If you wish to think the best of your friend and give him his seventy excuses, so be it, but do not be unjust. Your sisters in Islam who were driven out of the deen also have rights. You will also be asked about them too.

  3. Deception has become indeed epidemic. Deception is the rule of the day and most people buy into the deception because they can no longer discern truth from lies or they actually want to believe liars.

    Deception is so ingrained into our society today that I hardly know where to begin to even talk about it.

    There is deception in government, there is deception in our justice system, there is deception in the market place, and there is deception in almost every service that you purchase.

    Who can even find a real man of integrity anymore?
    God blessyou Tariq…

  4. Not a single mention of Tariq’s sexual relationships being consensual with his accusers. Not a single mention of a text from one of them that said she liked it and missed him sent after the meeting at the hotel.

    You urge those w ho slandered him to reassess their actions but strangely you don’t even mention Dr Ramadan’s adultery.

  5. I am still shocked by his confession on French TV on Friday. Some say that while he is still in France (presumably on bail) he has to admit to affairs with women who are actually his wives to avoid imprisonment for polygamy. I am still unable to accept this confession at face value. What is your take brother

    • This is complete nonsense. He never married any of these women and even if he did marry them islamically, religious marriages are not recognized legallly in France so they wouldn’t count. There is ZERO chance of him being charged for polygamy.

  6. No offence. But as muslims we need to be intellectually honest and fair. Yes i agree their are some question marks. However he has admitted he did have relationships with these women, he just denies raping them. Thats while being married. So this reports hasn’t absolved him at all.At the very least he is an adulterer. At the worst he is a rapist. Nothing to cheer about. Thats while he spoke against polygamy, a legitimate sunnah and spread a very secular watered down islam to please the Europeans. I find it interesting in light of what hes admitted hes the same one who called for a moratorium on stoning for adulterers.This abusing of women by muslim leaders is more common then people think , and its time we look at the hypocrisy of many of these so called leaders and call them out.
    And as bad as rape and adultery are, far worse is changing Allahs religion and then spreading those beliefs to hundreds of thousands of people. May Allah guide him and me.

    • I’m surprised your comment has been published – I wrote something similar at the outset and it never appeared.

      I think the thing to take from this is the clear, orchestrated and determined plan to smear. If this is what is being done to someone who is actually *trying* to please the West, one can only imagine the tactics used/the depths plumbed to, against those who are steadfast in matters pertaining to the deen.

    • Is he being tried for adultery? Since when was polygamy a ‘Sunnah’? Or do you not know the difference between what is permissible or what is Sunnah? You accuse others of ‘changing the religion’ but you clearly demonstrate a lack of understanding of the deen yourself and changed what is merely permissible into a ‘Sunnah’- so don’t bother ‘calling people out’. This matter is none of your concern.

  7. I’m so happy to here this news about our resepected brother, alhamdolilah. Truth will always prevail falsehood in sha Allah. Thank you Islam21c for your honest reports. May Allah reward you all in abundance for your hard work

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