After the recent insensitive and insensible surge in Islamophobia, Imran Khan Writes to Mark Zuckerberg and addresses the Islamophobic dilemma. It is worth mentioning that tensions are on rising globally after silly remarks of the French President over Islam. Moreover, Macron’s recent comments will cause a hike into Islamophobia. In protest against Macron’s remarks, many countries are pacing up to boycott the French products. In addition to these, thousand of influential scholars and clerics are also calling for the ‘Boycott France’. Al-Jazeera reports, President Macron says that Islam is the ‘religion in crises’ across the globe. In response to his comments, Twitterati is furious over the French President and the following slogans have become the top trending on Twitter.
Many officials from the countries record their protests against France. In this regard, PM Imran Khan says that it is unfortunate to know that the French President has chosen the path of spreading and propagating Islamophobia. So, PM Imran Khan called out the French President in a trail of tweets as shown below.
In addition to these tweets, Imran Khan Writes to Mark Zuckerberg and addresses the ongoing global issue. So, we are going to share the contents of the open letter to the Facebook CEO. PM Addresses Zuckerberg as:
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg
I am writing to draw your attention to the growing Islamophobia that is encouraging hate, extremism and violence across the world and especially through the use of social media platforms including Facebook. I appreciate your taking the step to rightly ban any posting that criticizes or questions the Holocaust, which was the culmination of the Nazi pogrom of the Jews in Germany and across Europe as Nazis spread across Europe.
However, today we are seeing a similar pogrom against Muslims in different parts of the world. Unfortunately, in some states, Muslims are being denied their citizenship rights and their democratic personal choices from dress to worship. In India, anti-Muslim laws and measures such as CAA and NRC as well as targeted killings of Muslims and blaming Muslims for Corona virus are reflective of the abominable phenomenon of Islamophobia. In France, Islam has been associated with terrorism and publication of blasphemous cartoons targeting Islam and our Holy Prophet (PBUH) has been allowed. This will lead to further polarization and marginalization of Muslims in France. How will the French distinguish between radical extremist Muslim citizens and the mainstream Muslim citizenry of Islam? We have seen how marginalization inevitably leads to extremism – something the world does not need.
Given the rampant abuse and vilification of Muslims on social media platforms, I would ask you to place a similar ban on Islamophobia and hate against Islam for Facebook that you have put in place for the Holocaust. The message of hate must be banned in total – one cannot send a message that while hate messages against some are unacceptable, these are acceptable against others. Nor should the world have to wait for a pogrom against Muslims, which is ongoing in countries like India and in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, to be completed before Islamophobia is banned. This in itself is reflective of prejudice and bias that will encourage further radicalization.
As per experts, PM Letter to Zuckerberg is going to help in projecting the real and true face of Islam. Now, we will not see the defaming content over social media. Among many circles, this groundbreaking step of Imran Khan is being appreciated.