CAIRO – Leaders of Scottish mosques have invited presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for a special visit to learn more about Muslims during his visit to Scotland later this month.
Hafiz Ghafoor, of Annandale Mosque, and Munawar Hussain, secretary of Roxburgh Street Mosque and Islamic Centre, both in Edinburgh, invited Trump to learn more about Muslims during his visit.
“Donald Trump aspires to lead the free world but his run for the White House has been rooted in ignorance and intolerance,” they were quoted by Daily Echo on Wednesday, June 8.
“Muslims in Scotland and elsewhere are working together with people of all faiths to build understanding and peace across the world, and tackle extremism.
“Before he makes another inflammatory speech, Trump should learn more about the Muslims that he offends almost every time he opens his mouth.
“We would welcome the opportunity to show him the work that we are doing in the community in Edinburgh when he comes to Scotland later this month.”
The billionaire is due to fly into Scotland later this month to re-launch his Turnberry golf course and hotel in South Ayrshire after a £200 million revamp.
The invitation comes as Trump has attracted widespread criticism when he called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.
He is due to arrive in Scotland the day before the EU referendum on June 23 and is expected to face demonstrations and protests while in the country.
“Muslims are our friends, colleagues, family and neighbors. When he insults them in such a grotesque manner, he insults us all,” Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said.
“I have been in touch with Muslim community leaders in Edinburgh. He should come and meet some of those he wants to ban from America when he visits Scotland later this month.
“He can see first-hand the work that they are doing to help marginalized groups like the homeless and then try to justify his outlandish claims.”
Scotland is home to more than 500,000 Muslims, making up less than one percent of the population.
Muslims are the second largest religious group in the country, which has thirty mosques.
The invitation is not the first by a mosque to Trump.
Earlier this year, the imam of America’s oldest mosque invited Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to visit their mosque and talk to his fellow American citizens.