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Monday 27 February 2017
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American Muslims in Shock over Trump’s Victory

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American Muslims, expressed Fear and Shock, after Republican Donald Trump was confirmed as President of the US after months of taking anti-Islamic stands.

The Republican made his most controversial remarks about Radical Islam, sparking anger among the world’s 1.5 billion followers of the religion.

 

In December 2015, Mr Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of the entry of Muslims to the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.

Dilshad Ali, editor of the Muslim section of Patheos(website specialising in spirituality) had never felt the fear of Trump until now.

“I woke up today and I finally felt it. It felt personal, like the election was a vote against me,” the 40-year-old mother of three told CNN on Wednesday.

More than seven in ten Muslims had said they would vote for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, according to an October survey by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Just four per cent had said they would vote for Trump, and perhaps as few expected him to win.

“Our worst nightmare has materialised… A man that built his platform on bigotry, misogyny, and the vilification of Muslims and minorities won the highest office in the land,” said Wardah Khalid, a writer and foreign policy analyst.

Yasir Qadhi, a well-known Muslim scholar in Memphis, Tennessee, said: “Shock. Complete and utter shock”.