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London Muslim Women Host Meet a Muslim Event

LONDON – Affected by the recent incidents of Islamophobia in London, a group of British Muslim women held a public event during weekend, to reach out to the wider community and correct misconceptions.

“I decided to hold this event to help educate the community, reaching out to the community by educating them and spreading awareness to stop Islamophobia,” organizer Tamara Elsayed, 28, told London Free Press (lfp) on Sunday, August 7.

The event, held on Saturday at Victoria Park, followed recent Islamophobic attacks as well as Donald Trump’s comments about banning Muslims from entering the United States.

Encouraging Londoners to ask questions about Islam, organizers met more than 100 people who came, with more than 50 taking the time to chat with the Muslim women who offered brownies, cookies and free bottled water.

“We saw this and decided to stop by, had some treats, learned a little bit. It was good, win-win,” said Marlon Brown, who stopped by after brunch downtown with his friends.

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“Groups and groups of people were coming to speak with us to thank us,” said Elsayed.

“I even had a police officer pull up and come to thank us because he thought it was fantastic.”

Many questions were about whether Muslims believe in Jesus and what jihad is.

The successful event was marred by one unfortunate incident of Islamophobia when a man walked by them yelling profanities.

“He told us to go back where we came from,” said Elsayed, who was born in Windsor.

“He used a lot of offensive language that I couldn’t even repeat.”

Though the incident was rejected by many people privately, no one spoke up and stood up for her.

“It would have been nice for someone to speak up,” she said, adding “everybody else was absolutely supportive.”

Elsayed said she plans to host the same event either later this month or in early September.

Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority of nearly 2.8 million according to 2011 census.