Tag Archives: islamphobia

LibLink: Rabina Khan: Life as a British Muslim changed forever on 9/11

Writing in the Independent, Lib Dem Tower Hamlets Councillor Rabina Khan reflects on how 9/11 changed things for British Muslims.

She described her reaction on the day. Like our editor Caron Lindsay, she was cradling her baby as she watched events unfold on the television:

She described her sadness, and anger at that the perpetrators had done but also fear about what was coming for Muslims as a result of the actions of a few extremists who would be held to represent an entire religion:

At the same time, I felt anxious, knowing that some people would assume that all Muslims harboured the same views as the terrorists. Extremists are not Muslims and have deliberately skewed the texts to fit their homicidal agenda. They are murderers.

America’s response to that fateful day rewrote not just its own democracy but reshaped our world and the way we live. Our world witnessed the invasion of Afghanistan, Iraq, secret surveillance, increased dawn raids on Muslim homes, the way our children and young people were monitored at school. It became an era of fear and mistrust.

And it was that fear which had a profound effect on her daily life:

How can I forget the countless times I saw the look of dread and panic on people’s faces when I reached for my phone from my bag on the tube or the time when my rosary fell out of my bag during Ramadan? I remember a little after the terror attack my elderly gran’s beloved Adhan clock (the call to prayer) went off in her bag and people in the queue in a shop ran for the door.

Oblivious to the lingering, uncomfortable and judgmental stares in the shop from staff, my gran dressed in her crisp cotton white sari and head covered with a shawl, turned off the alarm, picked up the toy a parent had dropped and handed it back to the cashier. Recently, I was travelling on the tube in London when I was called a “f****** Muslim whore” by another passenger, but there were people who stood up for me.

Things have got worse in the meantime and she’s not optimistic for the future:

Posted in LibLink | Also tagged , , , , and | Leave a comment
Advert



Recent Comments

  • Marco
    @ Peter Martin “The best way of helping the Labour Party would be for the Lib Dems to move well to the right” Absolutely not as there are many voters of ...
  • matt
    @Marco I am yet to read any kind of plan from yourself, on how the UK Government should have treated Covid from the outset, which protected public health and...
  • William Francis
    @Peter Martin. One successful by-election camapign in the London commuter belt is not the best model for a national strategy. Liberals do best in elections w...
  • nvelope2003
    John Marriott: The origins of the Liberal party are in the protests made by certain members of Parliament, often radical Protestants, against the attempts by Ki...
  • Nick Baird
    On the off chance Labour don't decide to play ball, we need a Plan B. To come at this from the other direction, in my home town all we need is Reform UK (or ...