Belhasa's comments come in response to social media posts and anonymous letters calling for April 3 to be "Punish a Muslim Day" in parts of the UL
Dubai-based social media influencer Rashed Belhasa has taken to Instagram to harshly criticize people who express anti-Muslim sentiment on social media.
Belhasa’s comments came in response to social media posts and anonymous letters calling for April 3 to be declared “Punish a Muslim Day” in communities across the UK.
In some communities – such as in parts of East London and West Yorkshire – the anonymous letters have gone as far as to call for acts of violence and abuse to be awarded through a points system, such as 25 points for removing a woman’s hijab or 50 for conducting an acid attack. The letters also included points for murder and attacks on mosques.
“That’s a big problem for our religion,” Belhasa said on a video posted to his Instagram page, which boasts over 1.3 million followers. “It doesn’t make sense. It’s 2018.”
Belhasa directly called on those who have expressed anti-Muslim sentiment to study Islam.
“I’m a Muslim and proud,” he added. “In the Middle East we don’t have racism. We respect every religion. Our Sheikhs, everybody, [are] very good.”
Belhasa added that many celebrities come to Dubai and are “shocked” by the co-existence of religions in the Middle East.
Within 12 hours of posting the video, the post had been viewed more than 281,000 times, with over 3,000 comments – mostly statements of support – posted by Belhasa’s followers.