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.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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