April 3rd 2018 had been scheduled as ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ by right wing trolls both online and in real life as letters circulated both London and other parts of the UK promoting Islamophobia.
The contents of the hate crime letter included a points reward system for causing both verbal and physical harm to a Muslim; ranging from swearing, acid attacks and shooting up a mosque.
Though the Police have said that there is no credible information for such attacks on Tuesday, law enforcement are on alert in case anything occurs on the day.
A few in the Muslim community around London and the UK have taken these empty threats seriously, confining themselves at home for the day.
In response to this event, many from both Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds have united against the hate to make the day safe for those who feel vulnerable.
People have been encouraged by the local authorities and Islamic Organisation ‘Tell Mama’ to report any suspicious behaviour on the day relating to hate crime.
Meanwhile on social media, many have come forward in solidarity with their neighbours, promoting community cohesion and fighting anti-Muslim sentiment with love.
As a counter to the discriminatory poster, a ‘Love a Muslim day’ letter has gone viral with a points rewards system for positive interactions with Muslims.
These include smiling at Muslims as well as conversing with one over a cup of coffee and cake.
So was Punish a Muslim Day Successful? Indeed, it was.
The actions leading up to the date have proven that love will prevail over hate, uniting people of different creeds and cultures.
As a Muslim myself, I very much identify as a working-class British man, like many others, who love this country.
I want to live in a world free of hate where all can share what makes them who they are without having to worry about backlash.
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