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A conference in London discussing racism and hostility against Islam

Date: 29/02/2012 A.D 07/04/1433 H

Translated by: Manal Samhat

News…

The conference for the anti-racist and anti-fascist movements in Britain that was held in London called for confronting the increasing threats by the far-right groups, knowing that the police stepped in to prevent far-right activists from reaching the building in which the conference was held. Police reinforcements were dispatched to the place to separate the members of the English Defense League and the participants in the conference organized by Unite Against Fascism Organization. Several religious Muslim, Christian and Jewish personalities and representatives from syndicates and workers’ unions, as well as civil society organizations participated in the conference…

A number of the participants delivered speeches that discussed the phenomenon of the increase of hostility towards Islam, and demanded expanding the campaigns held against racism and Islamophobia, by putting an end to what they described as the racism and fascism adopted by the English Defense League, the British National Party and the British Freedom Party…

The participants in the conference called through the lectures and discussions held for dialogue and for discarding violence and exerting more efforts to face the deviated racist thought…

A member of the European parliament, Claude Moraes, said that the far-right is on the rise across Europe and that far-right groups are spreading racism, enmity towards Islam and anti-Semitism as well as other forms of hatred…

On her part, the executive secretary of the Unite Against Fascism Organization, Sabby Dhalu, said that the economic crisis, the falling living standards and the rising unemployment are leading to a rise in racism, for which the immigrants are mistakenly blamed…

Moreover, the spokesman for the British Muslim Initiative, Mohammad Kozber, expressed his appreciation for holding this conference which signifies the solidarity of all the immigrant communities in Britain in the face of racism, in general, and the phenomenon of the so-called Islamophobia, in particular…

Comment…

Such conferences are important, and it even more important that they resort to the calm rhetoric and rational language when dealing with the other groups to clarify to them that Islam is based on the culture of love and peace and the civilizational and human principles. It is also important that these conferences direct their efforts to the common people as well as the conscious and educated groups to meet with them and open up to them for the sake of social peace…

In the same context, the late Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) said that the western campaigns against Islam have intensified, accusing it of fanaticism and extremism. Although certain Western administrations have announced, every now and then, that they are not against Islam, since it represents a value and a respectable religion, the actual reason is that Islam has turned into an internal reality. Thus, they do not want to unveil their hostility to Islam, knowing that if one reviews the objective realities, they clearly reveal that these administrations are hostile to Islam.

Moreover, His Eminence considers that the Muslim ought to work hard to gain the people in the West. He ought to study well how to penetrate and open up to them and improve the political and cultural discourse he addresses them with, until eventually, he can attract them…

[Extracted from the book: “The challenges of the Immigration countries”, p:23-24]

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