World Muslims denounce Trump’s hate rhetoric

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s call for 'shutdown of Muslims entering United States' is denounced by Muslims throughout world

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Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a rally coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day at Patriots Point, December 7, 2015

Muslims throughout the world denounced Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s call for all Muslims to be banned from entering the United States, in the wake of the California shootings.

Trump called on Monday for a complete halt on Muslims entering the country until “representatives can figure out what is going on," following last week's killings of 14 people by a Muslim couple in San Bernardino, California.

Last month he called for the surveillance of mosques and the establishment of a database tracking all Muslims living in the US.

Besides the outrage that Trump’s hate-filled rhetoric created inside the US, some of the reactions of worldwide Muslims are as follows:


Egypt's Dar al-Iftaa, which issues tens of thousands of edicts each year, defined Trump’s rhetoric as an "extremist and racist" call in a released statement.

In the statement he said, "This hostile vision towards Islam and Muslims will increase the tension within American society."

"We can't accuse one religion or one country of being a source of extremism and terrorism."

Trump’s proposal "will lead to conflict... and increase hate, which will be a threat to social peace in the United States.''

Saudi Arabia

Aziza Yousef, a professor at King Saud University in Riyadh, said that "He's racist... I think Trump is representing himself. I don't think he represents Americans."

She said she would “not be responsible for someone who commits a crime who happens to be a Muslim. I will not defend myself or defend Islam because a guy or person who happens to be Muslim did something stupid."

She added that she spends her vacations at her home in Virginia with her children and grandchildren every year.

"I spend a lot of money there three to four months out of the year. Muslim tourists and those that live there as students help the economy of the United States."


Asma Jahangir, one of Pakistan's most prominent human rights lawyers, said "This is the worst kind of bigotry mixed with ignorance.”

“I would imagine that someone who is hoping to become president of the US doesn't want to compete with an ignorant criminal-minded mullah of Pakistan who denounces people of other religions ... Although we are not as advanced as the US, we have never elected such people to power in Pakistan," she continued.

Tahir Ashrafi, the head of the Ulema Council, Pakistan's biggest council of Muslim clerics said "if some Muslim leader says there is a war between Christians and Muslims, we condemn him. So why should we not condemn an American if he says that?"


Mahroof Khan, an Islamic scholar from Lucknow, India, said “...I'm appalled that someone running for president in that country is publicly spreading such views.”

He said that “...he [Trump] should know that the majority of the Muslim world condemns those who use Islam to spread terror."

Khalid Rashid, a Sunni imam from Lucknow, called Trump’s rhetoric “an attack on religious freedom.”

“Muslims are a big minority that contributes to America's economy,” he said.

"Most Muslims anywhere in the world do not hate any one country or city or its people. They may oppose the policies of some countries that they feel oppress Muslims. But they don't hate any country, be it America or any other place."


Din Syamsuddin, chief of Indonesia's Muhammadiyah, the second-largest Muslim organisation in the country, said that  "It is laughable that there is a person in this modern, globalised era who is so narrow-minded as to ban some people from entering America."

Foreign Ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir said they are not allowed to comment on election campaigns in other countries, but he added that "As the country with the biggest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia affirms that Islam teaches peace and tolerance."

Amidan Shaberah, chairman of the Indonesian Council of Ulemas, commented that "He [Trump] should not turn a blind eye to the fact that most of Muslims in world strongly condemned any kind of extremism and radicalism in the name of Islam and our hearts and prayers go out to all victims of terrorism regardless of their faith."

"Trump's statement clearly shows us that Western society has a phobia against Islam, that people cannot distinguish between Islam and terrorist acts that rejected by mainstream Muslims."


Nur Jazlan Mohamad, Deputy Home Minister, said Trump’s offer does not align with his country’s image as tolerant and democratic, and could play into DAESH’s hands by alienating Muslims who are already in the US.

"His proposal reflects the thinking of many people in America, and this is worrying," he said.


Azra Khan, president of the Canberra Islamic Center in Australia, said that "Clearly Donald Trump is trying to inflame the situation. Clearly this tragedy is not about Muslims.''

"He could better improve the situation if he were to say, 'Let the US take guns more seriously and ban them.' That one simple solution would be much more suitable and make the streets of America far safer."

Keysar Trad, chairman of the Sydney-based Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, poses for a photo in front of his home in Sydney, Australia, December 8, 2015

Keysar Trad, the chairman of the Sydney-based Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, said "Donald Trump's statement is a desperate statement by a desperate man who knows that he's clutching at straws and has no chance of winning the election. So he's trying to win it off the back of the Islamophobia industry."

Ikebal Patel, former president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, said that "He's trying to alienate not only the Muslim population of the United States but all the Muslims around the world.''


Somchai Jewangma, an officer with Thailand's Sheikhul Islam Office, stated that "The United States has economic ties with Islamic countries and there are millions of Muslim people in America. This is just a policy to please those who don't like Muslims and to gain more support.”

He said that "...there are 1.7 billion Muslim people in the world. If we were all bad, then the world would be uninhabitable."

Somchai also said that the entrance to the US has already become stricter, adding that he waited for months for a visa.


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