Louis Smith ban will fuel 'rampant Islamophobia', says Muslim commentator

Louis Smith ban will fuel 'rampant Islamophobia', says Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation

Louis Smith

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The ban on Louis Smith and the social media hysteria which has surrounded it is fuelling "rampant Islamophobia" in the UK. 

This is according to Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim community group, who spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer after British Gymnastics' decision to ban Smith for two months.

Smith, a four-time Olympic medallist, was punished for a leaked video in which he appeared to mock Islam.

The clip showed him laughing while retired gymnast Luke Carson mimicked Islamic prayer practices. Smith later said he was "deeply sorry" for his "thoughtless actions".

Shafiq pointed out "the hysteria we're seeing on social media suggests Muslims are doing this and it's not."

He highlighted the ban was a result of "an organisation who's decided that his conduct doesn't uphold standards of behaviour", but that the hysteria contributes to "rampant Islamophobia in an open season on Muslims."

Shafiq was speaking to talkRADIO after London Imam Ajmal Masroor said Muslims don't want to see Smith suspended.

Listen to the interview above. 

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