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Muslim MP Urdu Oath Sparks Debates in Scotland

CAIRO – Celebrating Britain’s multiculturalism, Scottish Muslim politician Humza Yousaf elected to Scottish parliament has delivered his oath of allegiance in Urdu while wearing a kilt.

Yousaf, a member of the Scottish National Party who won a seat from the city of Glasgow, spoke first in English and then in Urdu language, linked to his Pakistani heritage.

He said, “I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth” and concluded his oath with “so help me God.”

Yousaf was not the only politician to take the oath in another language: Other members of Scottish parliament spoke in local tongues such as Doric, Gaelic and Scots.

All 129 members took the oath or made a solemn affirmation in the parliament’s chamber, with outgoing Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick overseeing proceedings.

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Yousaf move to take the oath in Urdu was not welcomed by all Scottish people.

Tarek Fatah wrote: “The new face of leftwing Scottish National Party @theSNP. @HumzaYousaf with his Islamist family of Sharia-Bolsheviks.”

‏@Nick_1683 wrote: “***king disgrace this is not Pakistan @dats @HumzaYousaf”

Brian Speer wrote: “Humza Yousaf is a privately educated, paid US internship graduate, govt minister & career politician. Cries like a victim.”

Nevertheless, Yousaf laughed off the predictable backlash to his oath from those fearful of the role of Islam in British society.

He wrote back: “Wait a min, you serious, this is *not* Pakistan? You must be kidding, seen how much curry Scotland devours..?”

Scotland has about 75,000 Muslims. About 40% of them live in Glasgow.

Muslims are the second largest religious group in the country, which has around thirty mosques.