Arab intellectuals condemn targeting of Indian Muslims over spread of Covid-19, seek action from International community

New Delhi: In the wake of purported Islamophobic comments from Indian expats in Gulf countries and attacks on Muslims in India in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic has attracted criticism from several Arab citizens, intellectuals and activists.

Despite many Indians sacked by Gulf states for their posts on social media, there is a growing list of expats who continue to write anti-Muslim comments over the spread of Covid-19.

Mejbel Al Sharika, a Kuwaiti lawyer and Director of International Human Rights has announced to voluntarily adopt the cause of Indian Muslims at United Nations Human Council in Geneva. He has also called out Indian Muslims to help in documenting the evidence of violence.

Princess Hend al Qassimi of the Sharjah Royal Family, warned a Twitter user after he put out several tweets targeting Muslims over the COVID-19 pandemic. “your ridicule will not go unnoticed” she wrote. Later, the user deactivated all his social media profiles.

Columnist of Kuwait’s Al-Anba news Dr Mohammed Al-Sharika has tweeted in support of Indian Muslims that they are subjected to radical practices and most brutal crimes, and urged international communities to take action to save lives.

Abdur Rahman Nassar an intellectual from  Kuwait has been very critical about the way Indian Muslims are treated. In a series of tweets, he called to stop the “terrorism” fueled by Hindu right-wing group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) while maintaining that the group does represent all Hindus and many Hindus are humanists and reject injustice.

In another tweet Nassar    said ‘Every year, more than 55 billion $ are transferred to India from the Gulf countries, and more than 120 billion annually from all Muslim countries.

Indians (mostly Hindus) are treated well in these countries.

In return, how are Muslims treated in India?

Saudi Scholar Abidi Zahrani has proposed to list all “Hindu militants” spreading hatred against Muslims and Islam while working in GCC and the Middle-East in order to seek their deportation from those countries.

UAE’s Guinness World Record Holder Suhail Al Zarooni said in a tweet  that, UAE has hosted and interacted with many communities of various religious backgrounds, so it can never support any element which disrespects any sentiment of any religion.

India has witnessed a rise in hatred against Muslims after a section of Indian media misreported a congregation organised by Islamic missionary group Tablighi Jamaat in March in New Delhi after several of the group’s members were infected with Covid-19. The misrepresentation of the incident has led to the social boycott of Muslims in many corners of India and a rise in hate crime against them including lynchings.

Source: Muslim Mirror


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