Islamophobic sentiments threaten safety of Muslim Americans
Vincent Simon, a United States military veteran who converted to Islam five years ago, and Mujeeb Kazi, who relocated from Pakistan to the U.S. around ten years ago, have expressed fear about a voicemail left with their mosque, Masjid Al Sahaabah, located in Fort Worth, Texas. The voicemail contained a death threat, which Simon described as a “long, angry message with a definite ‘I’m going to cut your heads off’ kind of thing'”. The caller addresses each of the mosque’s members, claiming to be “armed to the teeth” and willing to cut off each of their heads.
Kazi said the anti-Muslim rhetoric used by many politicians, particularly current Republican nominee Donald Trump, gives license to people to be openly hostile and threatening toward Muslim Americans. Many fear the implications of a Trump presidency on the safety of Muslim Americans, but Kazi emphasizes that the damage Trump has caused did not require he win the election. The Islamophobic sentiments that underlie much of his speeches have incited violence against Muslim Americans across the country.
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