Muslim Engagement and Development, a national charity promoting political and social engagement and countering Islamophobia in the UK is circulating a “Love a Muslim Day” letter in a bid to counter one that incites violence towards Muslims.
While the original “Punish a Muslim Day Letter” offered “rewards” for acts of abuse and violence – burning or bombing a mosque will earn one 1,000 points – the charity’s letter, created by MEND’s Shahab Adris says:
They have loved you. They have made you so many curries and kebabs. They created so much love between people.
How will you repay this? Are you like a normal person like the vast majority of the population?
Normal people are usually too shy to show any appreciation, and as a result, they are allowing the majority of Europe and the rest of the world to become unappreciative of the fact that Muslims contribute billions of pounds to our countries.
Thousands of doctors heal the sick, thousands of teachers educate our children and many more contribute to politics, the media, the judiciary and to our democracies (even though some don’t function as well as they should).
Only you can show your appreciation, only you have the power. Don’t be a normal person. Be a special person. Show your love.
Ten points are offered for smiling at a Muslim, 50 points for throwing flowers on a Muslim (lots of different coloured ones) and a whopping 2,500 points for buying a Hajj package for a Muslim family – a lifetime trip to Mecca.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said of the original letters:
We’re aware of reports of potentially malicious communications sent to individuals elsewhere in the UK. We’d like to reassure the public there is no cause for concern and there have been no reports of these potentially malicious communications being received in our area.
However we’re liaising with investigators and monitoring the situation as a precaution.
Anyone with any concerns about a communication they may have received should report this to us by calling 101 or using our online reporting form.