Is anyone else seeing the sheer hypocrisy involved in adverts sponsored by the government urging Muslims to stay home to celebrate Eid? I mean of course we should stay at home and I hope all Muslims see it as their duty to stay at home but it feels like its being made out that Muslims are the problem, as if we haven't been staying at home all this time. Meanwhile VE day was celebrated with street parties and congo lines and all those at the beach and we apparently have govt advisors breaking the rules too.... No matter what the problem, let's somehow point the finger at Muslims!
 

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  • Sonia

    01/06/2020

    It's been a difficult time for all irrespective of faith, its imperative that we are all one during these difficult times. Vaskhi and Easter also were also celebrated by self isolsting during this period. The main focus is the almighty and hopefully we can all drawn on this time to focus on him and his words of wisdom, protection, guidance and peace to all.

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  • Anonymous

    28/05/2020

    I've been thinking about your question for a couple of days. At first I thought it's not that big a deal as it is important to address all communities around their religious festivals and we know Muslims make a huge deal out of Eid. But the more I thought about it I realised this.... if Mayor Sadiq Khan had done what Dominic Cummings had, would the government's reaction be the same? The answer is no so now I see everything the govt does in a hypocritical, patronising light!

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  • Anonymous

    26/05/2020

    Playing Devil's Advocate - it is undeniable that a lot of the deaths of Covid-19 are in the BAME community and we can ask ourselves why? Well, BAME people are more likely to be key workers but unfortunately, they are also disregarding just how serious the entire situation is and many do believe it is a exaggeration and are reading and believing a lot of false stories about the pandemic. I remember driving through a predominately Muslim neighbourhood to do a food drop-off at my mum's and the amount of BAME men who were out and about, not social distancing and greeting each other with handshakes and hugs was truly shocking. Having said that, I do agree that the recent messages from British Muslim celebrities are slightly patronizing and while I don't blame them for doing so as they are using their platforms to do good, I do think there is too much emphasis on the Muslim community during this time. We remained indoors and celebrated out festivals away from crowded spaces which was hard for us, especially when Ramadan and Eid rolled around which were all about community. VE Day and the Cheltenham Festival are two events that increased the number of Covid-19 cases and where the participants were more likely to be White British. Even looking at the beaches and parks since the partial lifting of the lockdown and during the Bank Holiday sunshine and seeing how busy and packed they are, shows that the South-Asian community are not the problem.

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  • Anonymous

    23/05/2020

    You said it! But even saying that out loud turns into a oh-look-the-Muslims-are-causing-trouble-again situation!

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