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Bildet: Det er haj og pilgrimene stener Satan i Mena, 2. september. Foto: Suhaib Salem/Reuters/Scanpix

Reuters har deltatt på den årlige pilgrimsferden til Mekka og finner at muslimer verden over ikke kan la være å snakke om Donald Trump. De mener han forfølger muslimer og at det generelt brer seg en islamofobisk stemning i Vesten.

Følelsen av urettferdighet er gjennomgående og er noe muslimene har med seg tilbake. Det er slikt som bidrar til økt spenning og radikalisering.

Among one group of American, Canadian and British pilgrims in Mecca this week for the annual haj, the U.S. president and policies they say target Muslims and immigrants are a regular conversation topic.

“People are irritated, angry, somber, a little bit worried,” said Yasir Qadhi, an Islamic scholar who traveled from Tennessee for his fourteenth pilgrimage.

“No one that I know is happy at the current circumstances or the current administration. No one, not a single person in this entire gathering.”

Det er ikke vanskelig å se at venstresiden og dens medier bærer et stort ansvar for oppfattelsen av muslimer blir forfulgt.

Reuters går god for at Trumps retorikk har ansvar for at muslimer føler seg diskriminert.

But sharp rhetoric about the threat posed by “radical Islam” which was a central part of his campaign has also drawn accusations he risks alienating more than three million Americans who practise Islam peacefully.

Many American Muslims say his stance has fueled an atmosphere in which some may feel they can voice prejudices or attack Muslims without fear of retribution.

Å snakke om radikal islam er altså skadelig og fremmedgjørende. Så hvilket ord skal man bruke om alle som angriper Vesten?

Hvis det brer seg en følelse av at muslimene blir ofre og at det ikke er deres skyld, øker det avstanden til resten av verden.

American Wajahat Ali said friends back home had asked him to pray for the United States while on haj, and other pilgrims he met offered sympathies and encouragement that the situation would improve.

Malaysian pilgrim Abdul Azim Zainul Abideen said the president should stop what he called his attacks on Islam.

“We don’t have anything against any Americans or non-Muslims,” he said on Friday at a symbolic stoning of the devil, part of the haj rituals.

His sister, 27-year-old Anisa, said she was worried by reports of an uptick in violence against Muslims in the United States “just because of wearing hijab (headscarf) in the streets or just because you have a beard”.

Det er ingen erkjennelse av at islamistiske symboler bærer noe skyld for avstanden til andre mennesker. I stedet føler de seg slått i hartkorn med IS, som de ikke bærer noe skyld for.

But Islamophobia is a common subject at meals and while waiting in long lines to pray and conduct rituals.

“Muslims across the world are now more aware of the different political situation,” said Yusuf Badat, an imam from Toronto.

“They’re all working together to try and have a better image for themselves because many times the coverage is given to ISIS and these types of fringe groups.”

Man kan ikke fri seg fra følelsen av at muslimer har dårlig fornemmelse av hvordan de oppfattees av andre.

Baha al-Deen, a pilgrim from ex-Soviet Georgia, said any labeling of Muslims as terrorists should stop.

“God gave us minds and tongues so we can understand each other and talk about our problems,” he said. “Otherwise we will fight like animals.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-haj-trump/muslims-at-haj-are-worried-about-trumps-policies-towards-them-idUSKCN1BD0N4