Blackburn’s month-long attempt to eradicate Islamophobia

Bosses in an east Lancashire borough are supporting Islamophobia Awareness Month and highlighting the positive contributions of Muslims’ positive contributions to its life. Now in its 10th year, the theme for this month of November is “Tackling Denial”.

According to the 2011 census, 27% of Blackburn’s population with Darwen identified as Muslim – the third highest in England and Wales. Islamophobia is prejudice, dislike, hostility or hatred towards Muslims.

Discrimination is not always direct. It can be unconscious, latent, hidden and in some cases pervasive. The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Cllr Suleman Khonat, said: “I am very proud to serve our borough as a Muslim Mayor.

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“Islamophobia exists, it is undeniable. However, there is no room for hatred. Muslims play a huge role in society and their daily contributions cannot be ignored.

“I oppose all forms of discrimination and hope that Islamophobia Awareness Month can raise the needed awareness.”

Cllr Phil Riley, the leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “We are proud of our diverse borough. Muslims contribute so much not just to Blackburn with Darwen, but to the whole of the UK.

“Islamophobia Awareness Month is an important campaign where we can continue to recognize the contributions of our colleagues and neighbors, but also understand the biases they often face.”

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