ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday wrote a letter to leaders of the Muslim states asking them to act collectively to counter the growing Islamophobia in non-Muslim states especially in the Western states which was causing increasing concern amongst Muslims the world over.
“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 (SAWW) 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,” Imran Khan wrote in the letter.
He said mosques were being closed in Europe, Muslim women were being denied their right to wear clothing of their choice in the public domain even as nuns and priests continue to display their religious clothing and covert and overt discrimination was widespread against Muslims living in these countries. He said he believed that the leadership in those countries, often acted out of lack of understanding of the intrinsic deep passion, love and devotion Muslims all over the world have for their Prophet (SAWW) and their divine book the Holy Quran.
The prime minister wrote that a dangerous cycle of actions and reactions were set in motion, resultantly. “Hutful actions result in reactions from Muslims as they see their faith and their beloved Prophet (SAWW) targeted which results in further discriminatory actions by governments against Muslim populations in their states, resulting in marginalization of Muslims and the creating of space for radical, far-right groups to exploit the situation,” he said.
PM Imran asked the Muslim leaders to collec tively take the lead in breaking the cycle of hate and extremism, which nurtured violence and even death.
He said the Muslim leaders must explain the western world that value systems differ for different social and religious and ethnic groups. For Europeans and the Jews, the Holocaust, which was the culmination of the Nazi pogrom, had led to many western countries to criminalizing any act of criticism or questioning of the Holocaust, he said adding that they understood and respected it.
However, Imran Khan said, there had to be an understanding by the western world of giving similar respect to Muslims as well. “In fact, blasphemy against any Prophet of Islam, Christianity or Judaism is unacceptable in our faith,” he wrote.