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Ulema calls for solidarity against Islamophobic attacks

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Amid a chorus of condemnation against President Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims travelling to the US, local ulema have called for solidarity against prejudice and Islamophobia. This comes in the wake of six worshippers being gunned down at the Grand Mosque in Québec, Canada, on Sunday during evening prayers. A day before, the Islamic Center of Victoria in Texas, USA, was burnt to the ground by unknown attackers.

In a statement, the Claremont Main Road Mosque (CMRM) said it was not a coincidence that these hate crimes come in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders that effectively ban citizens from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States. They also subject Muslims with valid US visas or permanent residence status, to extreme vetting before being allowed into the US. The CMRM’s Imam Rashied Omar said the executive orders of Trump are emblematic of the “blatant racist and right-wing extremism”, which is “slowly becoming mainstream in the US and parts of Europe”.

“Trump’s rhetoric and policies violate the dignity and freedom of movement of people, especially those from Muslim-majority countries. More worrying is that the implementation of these anti-Muslim and racist policies will not only embolden the hate mongering of Islamophobes as we have already seen, but will also do little to mitigate the fomenting of Muslim extremism globally. The Islamophobic profiling of Muslims feeds into the simplistic Muslim extremist narrative of groups such as ISIS, who claim the West is intent on destroying Islam and so Muslims must fight back to preserve their dignity and faith,” said Omar.
“We call on peace and justice-loving people in North America and all over the world to continue to raise their voices against hate and prejudice and to use this lamentable moment in world history as a turning point to build a more compassionate and just world order.”

The Muslim Judicial Council described Trump as an “unapologetic President” who has not issued any condemnation against the hate crimes of “terrorists” behind the masjid attack.

“The Muslim Judicial Council holds President Trump responsible for the latest wave of Islamophobic terrorism. We call upon him to revoke his Executive Order with immediate effect for sake of peace and stability in the world. The MJC stands in support with the American nation and the rest of the world in rejection of this Islamophobic executive order,” read the MJC’s statements. VOC

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