Anti-Islamophobia ‘pill’ pulls crowd at US convention

Posted by News Express | 30 May 2016 | 3,332 times

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The “Islamophobin” pill, launched by a Muslim association to counter Islamophobia in America, has attracted crowds at the Islamic Circle of North America-Muslim American Society convention in the U.S. state of Maryland.

One of the main attractions at the three-day convention, which began Saturday and ends Monday night, was the stand of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which recently launched a satirical public awareness campaign to challenge the increase in Islamophobia in the U.S.

The council’s “Islamophobin” pill is actually a sugar-free-chewing gum, which, according to the body, “cures” people of Islamophobia.

The “Islamophobin” aims to spread love and advises Muslim haters to take two “pills” a day, which may result in “peaceful coexistence,” the council said.

Senior CAIR official Corey Saylor told Anadolu Agency Sunday that while Islamophobia is a very serious issue, “bigotry is something that needs to be made fun of.”

Saylor also hoped Muslims registered to vote in this year’s presidential elections would make a difference.

CAIR also put up big cardboard cutouts of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at their stand, asking visitors to convey their messages to the presidential hopefuls on how they should fight Islamophobia.

Islamophobia in the U.S. has increased ever since Trump made his anti-Muslim comments last year when he said that all Muslims should be banned from entering America.

According to the society’s Deputy Secretary General Waqas Syed, at least 26,000 Muslims across the U.S. have so far visited the three-day convention.

Syed said over 400 companies and non-governmental organisations have their stands in the convention area, where over 100 leading Muslim preachers and scholars, including Nouman Ali Khan, Anis Ahmad and Jamal Badawi are also giving lectures on various Islamic topics.

Among topics addressed during the convention were challenges of Muslims living in North America, Islamophobia, discrimination and how to deal with problems Muslims face on a daily basis.

Excerpted from an Anadolu Agency report.

Source: News Express

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