In an October 17, 2020 interview on Channel 9 (Turkey), Sudanese Islamic scholar Muhammad Abd Al-Karim, the Secretary-General of the Muslim Scholars Association, discussed the recent beheading of Samuel Paty, a French history teacher who had shown his class cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Abd Al-Karim said that the main crime had been the insults against the Prophet Muhammad. Arguing that the killing was a natural reaction to provocation, Abd Al-Karim criticized French President Emmanuel Macron for "encouraging" insults against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. He said that if France wanted to stop such reactions, then it should stop offending Islam and its symbols, such as Prophet Muhammad. Abd Al-Karim said that Macron encourages offence to Islam in the name of free speech but is "too cowardly" to discuss the Holocaust.
Muhammad Abd Al-Karim: "They say that the man [who murdered French teacher Samuel Paty] committed a crime, but the main crime that was committed was the crime of hurling insults against the Prophet Muhammad. Macron's crime was that he did not condemn the offense against the Prophet Muhammad.
"For every action, there is a reaction. It is the nature of human beings. People who curse and transgress using profanities should not expect, in exchange, to be warmly welcomed.
"Since the beginning of these provocations, I have been telling the [Muslim] communities in the West in general and specifically in France, that they must maintain self-control, because we are winning this front. These people have resorted to curses and profanities only because they are weak and helpless, and because they have been defeated on the ideological front. In addition, they see how they are defeated on a daily basis, when Islam wins over many of them who are ushered into our great religion.
"Who is responsible for these incidents? Responsibility lies, first and foremost, with whoever commits the provocation. It is not the Muslims who have transgressed. They did not start talking about the symbols and sanctities of France. These provocations are being committed by France, with its President at the helm. In the name of freedom of speech, Macron is encouraging people to talk offensively against the Prophet Muhammad and against Islam. The same Macron is too cowardly to talk about the Holocaust.
"If France wants to put an end to these reactions, it must stop its attacks against Islam and its symbols, first and foremost of which is the Prophet Muhammad."