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On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan urged Muslim leaders to collectively raise their voices and break the cycle of hatred and extremism “that nurtures violence” between the Muslim and Western worlds.
“We, as leaders of Muslim polities, must take the initiative to call for an end to this cycle of hate and violence,” he wrote, in a letter shared on Twitter.
“Today, we are confronting a growing concern and restlessness amongst our Ummah as they see the rising tide of Islamophobia and attacks, through ridicule and mockery on our beloved Prophet (PBUH) in the Western world, especially Europe. The recent statements at the leadership level and incidents of desecration of the Holy Quran are a reflection of this increasing Islamophobia that is spreading in European countries where sizeable Muslim populations reside,” said the premier in his letter.
He called upon Muslim leaders to explain to non-Muslim leaders — especially in Western states — the “deep-seated reverence and love all Muslims feel for the Holy Quran and Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)”.
PM Imran Khan said that the world is seeing a “growing concern and restlessness” among the Muslim Ummah due to the increase in “Islamophobia and attacks, through ridicule and mockery” of Prophet (PBUH) in the Western world, especially Europe.
My letter to leaders of Muslim states to act collectively to counter the growing Islamophobia in non-Muslim states esp Western states causing increasing concern amongst Muslims the world over. pic.twitter.com/OFuaKGu2c1
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 28, 2020
“The recent statements at the leadership level and incidents of desecration of the Holy Quran are a reflection of this increasing Islamophobia that is spreading in European countries where sizeable Muslim populations reside,” said PM Imran, in the letter.
He told Muslim leaders that mosques were being closed in Europe, apart from statements being issued. He also emphasized that, despite nuns and priests continuing to display their religious clothing, “Muslim women are denied their right to wear clothing of their choice” in the public.
He said that “covert and overt discrimination is widespread against Muslims” living in such countries.
“I believe the leadership in these countries, often acts out of lack of understanding of the intrinsic deep passion, love and devotion Muslims all over the world have for their Prophet (PBUH) and their divine book the Holy Quran,” said PM Imran Khan.
Imran explained that such marginalization leads to “radicalization, and extremists on all sides continue to build increasing space for this vicious cycle.”
He further wrote that Muslim leaders must take the initiative and call for an end to this cycle of hatred and violence, encouraging Muslim leaders to take the lead in “breaking this cycle of hate and extremism.”
Imran said the pain is the greatest when Muslims see attacks on their faith through “mockery, ridicule and even abuse”.
“The time has come for the leaders of the Muslim world to take this message with clarity and unity to the rest of the world, especially the Western world so an end is put to Islamophobia and attacks on Islam and our Prophet PBUH.”