Washington, March 11 (KMS): The Chairman of Washington-based World Forum for Peace & Justice, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, has said that combating of Islamophobia at the UN is a significant development.
He said this while commenting on the observance of the First International Day to Combat Islamophobia at the UN on Friday (March 10). The event held in connection with the day was chaired by Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, as the Chair of OIC and addressed among others by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and President of the UN General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi.
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in his address was firm in proclaiming that “On this International Day to Combat Islamophobia, we focus attention – and call for action – to stamp out the poison of anti-Muslim hatred. “The world’s nearly 2 billion Muslims reflect humanity in all its magnificent diversity. But they often face bigotry and prejudice for no other reason than their faith,” he said. The UN chief added that “For well over a millennium, Islam’s message of peace, compassion, and grace has inspired people the world over.”
The President of the General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, indicated that “Islamophobia is rooted in xenophobia, or the fear of strangers, which is reflected in discriminatory practices, travel bans, hate speech, bullying and targeting of other people.”
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, as the Chair of the conference said, Islam is a religion of peace, moderation, tolerance and pluralism. He said Islam teaches us to disseminate love among the masses. The Foreign Minister urged the world community to come forward and play its due role to counter the anti-Islam stuff on social media.
Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai in a statement issued in Washington said, “It would not be wrong to claim that many in the Western world are currently living in a state of fear of Islam. However, one needs to acknowledge that the threat Islam is seen as posing to the world is imagined rather than real.”
He observed that Islamic ideals encompass universal values, all of which naturally flow out of the ethic of reciprocity. If human beings were to uphold this basic tenet, there would be neither oppression nor denial of human rights because no one would ever oppress others or deny them their basic rights, he said.
Dr Fai thanked Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US Representative to the United Nations, whose message was loud and clear when she said, “Let us redouble our efforts to combat prejudice and violence. And let us do everything in our power to ensure the next time we gather for the International Day to Combat Islamophobia, our world is that much more peaceful, tolerant, and just.