Opinion: 'Good riddance' to Tommy Robinson

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The CEO of the Ramadhan Foundation, Mohammed Shafiq, tells talkRADIO why he is glad that Facebook have banned Tommy Robinson from its platform. These are his views and not talkRADIO's.

"Over the last five years, we have seen a huge increase in Islamaphobia in our society and much of this is down to the likes of Tommy Robinson who have perpetuated the narrative that Muslims are alien to British society and all the ills of the world are down to us.

"As a prominent public figure taking on Tommy Robinson and his agenda, I have been subjected to the most appalling abuse and threats through social media and email.

"The objectives of these far right groups is to silence people who are speaking against them and showing the world what they really are.



"Terrorism is evil, ISIS are barbaric and Muslims are disgusted with what is going on in which human beings are being killed for perverted agenda which has nothing to do with our faith of Islam.

"We are equally disgusted with the racist and Islamaphobic terrorist attack on Finsbury Park Mosque last year or the brutal murder of Muslim pensioner Mohsin Ahmed in Rotherham by far right extremists.


'This is about stopping hate speech'

Tommy Robinson addresses supporters outside the Old Bailey. Image: Getty

"The fact remains that far right extremism, ISIS, and Al Qaeda inspired terrorism are two cheeks of the same backside; they both want to divide communities and both want to kill and injure people and they will ultimately both fail in those plans.

"Tommy Robinson has been at the heart of this agenda against British Muslims, repeatedly he has used racism towards our community, he has held every single Muslim responsible for the action of a small minority of idiots and is profiting from hate.

"For too long this hate has been tolerated and it has grown, I am glad to have played a small role in lobbying Facebook to ban Tommy Robinson and pledge to continue our work to ban him from Google and YouTube.

"This is not about free speech but about stopping hate speech.

"I say good riddance to Tommy Robinson and well done Facebook, we should have no place or justification for hate speech in our country."