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Donald Trump victory must not be a ‘green light for bigotry’, says Wanstead Muslim leader

PUBLISHED: 11:03 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:44 10 November 2016

Harun Khan, trustee at Redbridge Islamic Centre and Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain

Harun Khan, trustee at Redbridge Islamic Centre and Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain

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A British Muslim leader says Donald’s Trump’s election as next President of the United States is “hugely worrying”.

The Muslim Council of Britain say that the election of Mr Trump, who has been voted the 45th US president, is concerning for Muslims and other minorities.

In 2015, the new President called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States following a shooting in California.

Mr Trump said: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.

“According to Pew Research, among others, there is great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim population.

“Without looking at the various polling data, it is obvious to anybody the hatred is beyond comprehension. Where this hatred comes from and why we will have to determine,” the statement continued.

“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”

Now Harun Khan, secretary general of the council and Redbridge Islamic Centre trustee, said he hopes that the “bombast and rhetoric” is dropped by the outspoken leader.

He said: “The people of the United States have clearly spoken and I congratulate Mr Trump”.

“There is however, a justifiable concern about his election.

“It is hugely worrying that a man who has openly called for discrimination against Muslims and other minorities has become the leader of a superpower nation.

“We hope the bombast and rhetoric we have seen from Mr Trump in the last few months gives way to a more reconciliatory approach.

“The President-elect must demonstrate that his election is not a green light for bigotry for the rest of the world.”


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