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An Open Letter in Response to The Metro’s Latest Islamophobic Article

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An Open Letter in Response to The Metro’s Latest Islamophobic Article

“Yes, Ramadan is a communal time of year for Muslims. But that does not give you the right to insinuate that Muslims will break/flout the law during the lockdown.”

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“Yes, Ramadan is a communal time of year for Muslims. But that does not give you the right to insinuate that Muslims will break/flout the law during the lockdown.”

An open letter in response to The Metro’s latest piece, titled “Fears of Spike in Coronavirus During Ramadan”:

During this time of national and global emergency, newspapers still pursue their vindictiveness and vendetta against millions of Muslims across the world. Unfortunately, I have been reading very damaging articles which have been suggesting that Muslims will spread Coronavirus, Muslims are to blame for COVID-19, or the recent article by the METRO which suggests Coronavirus cases will rise during Ramadan.

This is not acceptable, and not only was this article inflammatory but it stirred hatred and caused much hurt to the Muslim community. Following this highly discriminative article, I made a complaint to the METRO, however I am yet to hear back from them. 

I spoke to my good sister Mariam Shah regarding this; one thing that struck me the most was her motto in life: “You don’t need to shout (or swear) to be heard”- its inspiring to see her so positive despite all the hostility against Muslims in the media. Her positive attitude and ethos are clearly reflected in this letter she wrote: 

“Thank you Sam Corbishley (Metro News) for your anti-Muslim article. You are quite clear in your aims to create and incite hatred towards Muslims. I just wanted to clarify a couple of things:

  • You are not Muslim but obviously feel you know better which is why you attempted to articulate it in this poorly written article. Congratulations, you have proven to the world not only your ignorance but your lack of intelligence too, bravo!
  • Yes, Ramadan is a communal time of year for Muslims. But that does not give you the right to insinuate that Muslims will break/flout the law during the lockdown. The majority of the 3 million Muslims living in the UK are respectfully abiding by the government guidelines – and will continue to do so during Ramadan. The essence of Ramadan is discipline, charity, and caring for others but you fail to mention this because you don’t want the truth to be known!
  • The good doctor stated a fact: Dr Adnan Sharif, a consultant at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEH), said “anything that leads to more social interaction is a big worry”. He did NOT say that Muslims would disregard social distancing to observe Ramadan.
  • The caption on the image of the Muslim woman in hijab – ‘a woman tourist wearing hijab and medical mask in London’…Did you stop to ask her if she was a tourist or did you make an ’educated’ guess? Did you ensure the two-metre distance when you went to enquire if she is a tourist during the lockdown?”

So dear readers, please don’t let inaccurate, misleading articles like this one allow you to fear or hate Muslims. Please use your common sense and challenge this narrative – we are in this together. Muslim doctors, nurses, and key workers are fighting on the front line too you know.

Edit: The Metro has since responded to the author’s formal complaint email: “Please be assured that from the outset, [we] do not tolerate racism or discrimination and we have looked into the concerns you have raised…We stand by our coverage as a fair and accurate report on plans for the celebrations [of Ramadan] and we do not agree it incites hatred, is toxic, or inflammatory.”

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  • What a stupid article if I have ever read one. The Muslim minority in Britain is doing a damn good job at being the key workers to get us out of this mess (caused by our senior politicians not quarantining us sooner and leaving airports operating at full capacity allowing this to come into our amazing country)

    The Muslim minority ARE staying home being creative making mosques ‘at home’ and abiding by the Law.

    Stop scapegoating us and tell the truth for once! It’s the rich and so called ‘upper class’ the ‘elite’ who are out there having house parties smoking and drinking and enjoying the high life driving out the M25 to their ‘other homes in the Country’ lapping it up and making a mockery of the Law by flouncing it. Penalise them with their flash cash and fancy country homes. We always get the short end of the stick. Thank you.

    • I completely agree with you. We are being (as always) good citizens.

      Warmest wishes,

      Qais

      (Twitter Qaishussain14)

  • Just 3 hours before I watched a video based on how muslim Indians treated badly in india that they are the cause to spread corona and this is naked islamophobia
    And I read important article tough I didn’t know his name I thank him million times for your support your muslim brothers

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