A British-Muslim MP, Zarah Sultana, breaks down in tears while recounting cases of Islamophobia in the UK following the tragic incident of 9/11 during a speech in the parliament.
Sultana in her speech said that she has seen how British Muslims were subjected to prominent abuse. The 27-year-old Labour MP started her speech by saying that,”Before being elected I was nervous about being a Muslim woman in the public eye.
“Growing up, I had seen the abuse prominent British Muslims were subjected to – I knew I wouldn’t be in for an easy ride.
“And today I would like to say I was wrong to be worried when young Muslim girls ask me what it’s like.
Brilliant and brave. So powerful a message of empowerment to all of us fighting racism in all its forms. Well done Zarah!
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) September 9, 2021
“I would like to say ‘there is nothing to worry about, that they would face the same challenges as their non-Muslim friends and colleagues, but I cannot say that because in my short time in Parliament that is not my experience.”
Islamophobia: A brutal reality
She shared the video of her speech on her Twitter account. In the caption, she wrote: “This wasn’t an easy speech to give, but I can’t be silent about Islamophobia.”
Listening to you making that speech wasn’t easy, that pain in your voice and those tears were so raw 😔 vile abuse shouldn’t be the price you pay when elected to public office, Thankyou for your courage & bravery in speaking out so powerfully missy, stay strong! 💪🏽 ❤️ https://t.co/JRqGyx1vRa
— Naz Shah MP 💙 (@NazShahBfd) September 10, 2021
In her speech, Sultana mentioned the hates message she received.
“One person for example wrote to me, and I quote, ‘Sultana, you and your Muslim mob are a real danger to humanity. Another wrote I am cancer everywhere I go and soon, they said, ‘Europe will vomit you out.’
“A third called me a ‘terrorist sympathizer and scum of the earth’ and that is sanitized of their unparliamentary language.”
A speech I hope everyone watches.
As well as drawing on her own horrendous experiences of Islamophobia, Zarah details the role of the right wing media, right wing politicians and US / UK foreign policy in pushing Islamophobia: the context too few politicians speak about. https://t.co/HoNzguFVBv
— Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) September 10, 2021
The MP broke down in tears as she told the hall: “I have discovered that to be a Muslim woman, to be outspoken, and to be left-wing is to be subjected to this barrage of hate. It is to be treated by some as if I were an enemy of the country I was born in. As if I don’t belong.”
She criticized PM Borish Johnson’s remarks of comparing Muslim women to letterboxes that legitimized racism. Sultana added that since 9/11 people have perceived Muslims as a security threat.
Since her power, she has been receiving praise and appreciation from other Britain parliamentarians and people. Sultana is praised for boldly speaking out against Islamophobia.