All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over a white – except by piety and good action.” Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace)
The Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) will be launching a national anti-racism campaign entitled, ‘Against Racism, Against Hatred’ on Saturday 28th February 2015. The purpose of this campaign is to promote peace and tolerance, by understanding common views about racism in modern British society, and how we can collectively tackle it.
The initiative comes in the wake of the controversial German far-right PEGIDA movement’s decision to hold its first UK rally on the same day in Newcastle upon Tyne, and the recent racist behaviour of Chelsea FC fans observed in Paris. iERA are mobilising Muslims across the country to oppose this message of hate with the message of love, and to counter their divisive rhetoric with the message of understanding.
iERA teams will be on the ground in London, Luton, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh, and Glasgow on the day of the campaign launch.
The teams will be conducting surveys and engaging in dialogue with people of all religious and political persuasions, to improve their understanding of a topic which continues to affect millions of people today.
One of the focuses of the survey is to understand people’s experiences of racism and to ascertain whether there is a general consensus that it is still embedded within British society. The survey goes further to grasp if the public understands Islamophobia and whether they perceive it to be a new form of racism in our society. The team will also be educating the public about the Islamic stance on racism and raising awareness of Islamophobia, and the dangers it presents to community cohesion.
The ‘Against Racism, Against Hatred’ campaign, is supported by the Islamic Diversity Centre (IDC) and Myriad Foundation and is part of a wider opposition movement to PEGIDA’s rally in Newcastle upon Tyne.
On Saturday 28th February, ‘Newcastle Unites Against PEGIDA’ will be holding a counter-demonstration in Newcastle, where iERA will be speaking.
This counter demonstration is being supported by Show Racism the Red Card, Newcastle Unites, Chi Onwurah MP, Dave Anderson MP, Jude Kirton Darling MEP, Durham Miners Association, Newcastle Hindu Temple, 5Pillars News, amongst other organisations and community leaders.
People of all faiths and none who are interested in getting involved in iERA’s ‘Against Racism, Against Hatred’ campaign can contact iERA on the details provided below.
For more information about Islam’s views against racism, please visit: www.OneReason.org/AgainstRacism
Head of Community Development
Islamic Education & Research Academy
Suite 321 Crown House
North Circular Road
London, NW10 7PN
Mobile: 07811 164 299