American Muslim On Trump: ‘He is doing the Work Of ISIS (Daesh) … Creating War Between America And Islam’

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Muslims around the world responded to Trump’s abhorrent call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), spoke to NPR:

This is so dangerous… It’s amoral, it’s fascistic, it’s un-American, unconstitutional. And more than that, it’s actually very dangerous for the public safety of American Muslims and as well it’s extremely dangerous for our national security. […]

We have leaders who are exploiting people’s ignorance and fear to advance their political careers at the expense of our country’s security. This is exactly what ISIS would like to see. He is doing the work of ISIS. He is polarizing our country, polarizing the world, creating a war between America and Islam.

And here’s a cross-section of responses from Muslims abroad, via Yahoo News:

ADHAM HAMADA, 34-year-old Cairo businessman who works in adventure travel:

“How will they know if I’m Muslim or not. It’s not in my passport. That’s why I feel it’s just political talk.”

“I can’t see how something like this could be implemented. But it’s meant to separate, nothing more. It’s hate speech.”

BASSEM YOUSSEF, former talk show host known as the Jon Stewart of the Middle East:

(On Twitter) “I didn’t know Donald Trump was fluent in Nazi.”

AASIM SALMAN, 47-year-old owner of a coffee shop in Baghdad:

“I visited the United States over a year ago twice and had no problems. I really enjoyed the visit, it’s a great nation. I always say it is the summit of democracy and justice whenever I’m talking about this country.”

“I visited the coffee shops in the U.S. and saw many Americans sitting there, smiling and laughing. I don’t see any difference between us, why does Trump want to divide us?”

“I’m confident the American people will punish him and not vote for him at all.”

AMR KHALIFA, 29-year-old banker and business owner in Cairo who was planning to travel to Las Vegas and Miami next summer with friends, speaking in English:

“Actually, since the events in France happened, I’ve been thinking that 2016 or so is going to suck for a single, Muslim Arab dude getting a visa anywhere in the world basically.”

YARA FARIS, 23-year-old journalist in the West Bank. She hopes to study international journalism at Columbia University:

“The U.S. will always be the best place to study, and I don’t think the U.S. would deny Muslims entry just because they are Muslims.”

“I see Trump as a crazy man. He always gives crazy statements and recently I read a report that shows that 60 percent of Trump’s statements were based on wrong information.”

Source: DailyKos

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