“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)
On Saturday 21st March 2015, the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) were partners part in the international ‘Stand Up to Racism’ campaign. The march attracted over 15,000 people from diverse backgrounds, who marched in unison against racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and fascism.
iERA mobilised eight teams of volunteers across the UK who participated in the national demonstration in London, Leicester, Birmingham, Luton, Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow and Lincoln.
The main rally was held in London, where everyone met at Oxford Circus then proceed onto Trafalgar Square. Speeches were delivered by parliamentarians, trade unionists, and student activists. Speakers included Talha Ahmad (Muslim Council of Britain), Christine Blower (National Union of Teachers), Dr Omar El-Hamdoon (Muslim Association of Britain), Natalie Bennett (Green Party Leader), George Galloway MP, Steve Hart (United Against Fascism) and many others.
iERA’s ‘Against Racism, Against Hatred’ campaign complimented the ‘Stand Up To Racism’ rally, as they were both aimed at raising awareness towards racism and Islamophobia whilst offering the Islamic perspective and solution to eradicating racism from society.
Volunteers wearing ‘Against Racism, Against Hatred’ t-shirts handed out more than 3,000 educational leaflets and flyers to the public about Islam’s stance on racism. This led to an unprecedented level of interest from the protesters who were keen to learn, and were fascinated to hear some of the quotes from prominent Muslims figures such as Mohammed Ali, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, and the revolutionary black civil rights leader, Malcolm X. A non-Muslim school teacher from London approached iERA volunteers, and motivated by our campaign, he took some booklets with the intention to use it as part of his classes.
The iERA team engaged with journalists from numerous media outlets such as Al Jazeera English, Bradford-based Tribe Arts, Protest Home from London, and London Multimedia News from Goldsmith University.
The scenes of people of all faiths and races getting involved and supporting iERA’s campaign demonstrated that Muslims are more than capable of taking lead in addressing societal problems by providing Islamic solutions.
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