Speak out: Riz Ahmed urges Muslims to confront Islamophobia 

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Riz Ahmed, award-winning English actor and activist of Pakistani descent, has extended his area of analysis from type-casting of brown and Muslim people to the state of Islamophobia in the world.

In a long Instagram post, Ahmed has urged the foreigner and travelling Muslims to speak out against incitement of violence against them, whether it is “travel bans, illegal detention, against apologetic politicians” and media that justifies right-wing terrorists.

He shared a picture of him wearing a graphic tee-shirt that says “Phenomenally Muslim” with a thought-provoking caption, stating, “I’m feeling scared, defiant, and trying to maintain love in the face of hate. I’m feeling Phenomenally Muslim.”

 

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I’m feeling scared, defiant, and trying maintain love in the face of hate. I’m feeling #PhenomenallyMuslim. If you feel like I do, if every day you wonder how long it will be before they round up Muslims for deportation, imprisonment, or worse, then 1) tag a friend below and 2) wear one of these @phenomenal.ly t-shirts to raise money…cos guess what? All these things are already happening. In the USA; no fly lists and presidential incitement to violence leading to skyrocketing hate crimes. In China; mass detention camps. In India and Myanmar; state sponsored lynching. I’m all these places what’s at stake isn’t just the fate of Muslims, what’s at stake is much more fundamental and affects us all – a civilised world where we are all considered equally human. There’s something phenomenally wrong in our society when politicians and media outlets can spout anti Muslim hate with no consequences – except more votes and increased sales. This has to stop. And it can, but Muslims need more non-Muslim allies. To confront Islamaphobia wherever you see it, to speak out against the incitement of violence against us as a group and against individuals like Ilhan Omar, against travel bans and illegal detention, against the apologist politicians and media who make excuses for right wing terrorists who murder us at prayer. Make a stand on the right side of history. Because history has taught us what darkness lies ahead if we don’t act now. This t-shirt is by the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign and benefits CAIR, which defends Muslim civil liberties: www.phenomenalwoman.us. #PhenomenallyMuslim

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He went on to explain his stance on the far-spread situation of racial discrimination targetting Muslims in many countries and in what ways the particular race is held back.

“In the USA; no-fly lists and presidential incitement to violence leading to skyrocketing hate crimes. In China; mass detention camps. In India and Myanmar; state-sponsored lynching. I’m all these places what’s at stake isn’t just the fate of Muslims, what’s at stake is much more fundamental and affects us all – a civilised world where we are all considered equally human.

“There’s something phenomenally wrong in our society when politicians and media outlets can spout anti-Muslim hate with no consequences – except more votes and increased sales. This has to stop. And it can, but Muslims need more non-Muslim allies.”

He adds, “To confront Islamophobia wherever you see it, to speak out against the incitement of violence against us as a group and against individuals like Ilhan Omar, against travel bans and illegal detention, against the apologist politicians and media who make excuses for right-wing terrorists who murder us at prayer.”

In a concluding note, he adds: “Make a stand on the right side of history. Because history has taught us what darkness lies ahead if we don’t act now.”

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