A boost for Muslim morale

Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari writes in Aljazeera.com, ‘. . . The continuous anxiety in the Muslim community, rising Islamophobia and the challenges it has been facing in the media since the 7/7 London bombings and later on due cold-blooded murder of Lee Rigby in 2013 – exacerbated by the rapid rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group and massacres across the English Channel – has made Muslim participation in public life very difficult, if not almost impossible.

This unfortunate situation is not only hampering young Muslims in their desire and ability to engage in public life, but also dividing neighbours and communities in our heartland of democracy.

Khan’s victory as the mayor of world’s greatest city is not only a testimony of London’s success in accommodating and celebrating diversity, but will definitely give a boost in Muslim morale and determination to work for the common good with civic participation. However angry the extremists on both sides may be now, this has given a clear message around the world that anyone with ability and ambition has a place in Britain’s public sphere.’ click here.