BRITISH Muslim cabbies and shopkeepers have defied negative stereotypes of Islam by handing out Christmas cards to their customers.
The cards have pictures of winter scenes with a season’s greetings and carry the slogan “Love for all, hatred for none”.
Jessica Mee, 28, received one of these cards when she was getting a taxi home after a night out in Purley, south London.She added: “Spreading this peaceful message is truly what Christmas is about.” On social media, people posted pictures of their cards with their reactions.On Instagram, user Ashleighmferris, said: “Our taxi driver gave us this Christmas card. So lovely. Makes me even more angry at some people who feel they can tar everyone with the same brush.”
The UK based Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is behind the kind-hearted gestures.The head of the group, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, has publicly condemned the Paris attacks.Ahmad said: “All forms of terrorism and extremism are completely against the true teachings of Islam.“The Holy Quran has said that to kill even one innocent person is akin to killing all of mankind.”
These campaigns can be seen as peaceful reactions against a rise in anti-Muslim feeling in the UK.In October, two Muslim women were subjected to a foul-mouth rant on a London bus where a woman called them “ISIS bitches”.To find out more about UK Muslims For Peace visit www.ukmuslimsforpeace.com