Trump’s anti-Islam tirade damaging US Image among Muslim: The Washington Post

Ali Zain 11:53 AM | 5 Sep, 2016
Trump’s anti-Islam tirade damaging US Image among Muslim: The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s anti-Islam tirade has damaged US image among Muslims and would contribute to reinforce the perception that the United States hates Islam.

According to an op-ed published in The Washington Post, the United States won’t soon repair the damage done by Trump to its image among Muslims.

During the primaries, Trump played a terrorism card to whip up anti-Muslim sentiments and went to the extent of suggesting that all Muslims should be banned from entering the United States. His comments were widely criticized by world leaders, but it did help him win the white votes and eventually the Republican nomination.

According to the opinion article written by Farah Pandith, who was a political appointee in the George HW Bush, George W Bush and Barak administration, and who served under Secretary Hillary Clinton as the State Department’s first special representative to Muslim communities, Trump’s tirade has damaged the US’ image among Muslims.

“We’ve spent billions since 9/11 trying to convey a clear picture of who we are as Americans and to convince Muslims that the United States is not “at war” with them,” she wrote, further adding that US embassies at local level devoted countless hours to convincing Muslims population that the United States believes in equality, religious freedom and respect.

“Now, thanks to Trump, any goodwill we have generated has been largely diminished,” she said.

Recounting a trip to a Cambodian village, during her stint with the State Departments, she said she met members of the Muslim community who asked her about questions as how Muslims were treated in the United States. “Do Americans spit on you when they hear you’re Muslims, Can Muslims wear the headscarves?” were some of the questions they asked.

And then some asked, “Does Terry Jones really represent America?”, Jones was an obscure pastor of Florida who gained notoriety in 2010 when he spoke about Muslims and burning the Holy Quran on the anniversary of the September 11.

“Today, instead of an obscure preacher openly disparaging Muslims and Islam, it’s the leader of one of the two main US political parties, a man supported by about 40 percent of the population. He doesn’t burn the Quran. Rather, he accuses a sitting president of having “founded” the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization. He denigrates the Muslim mother of a fallen US soldier. He proclaims Islam a dire threat to the homeland. He proposes a ban on Muslims entering the United States. And, unlike Jones’s words, his are endlessly discussed in the mainstream media worldwide, week after painful week.”

Muslims will point to Trump as irrefutable evidence that the United States hates them and is at war with Islam, the article said.

According to the article, Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and the impression it has created, will translate directly into more terrorist attacks globally and more lives lost here at home.”

“After spending more than a decade speaking to tens of thousands of Muslims, I have little doubt that the Islamic State and other groups will recruit more Muslim youths, thanks to Trump’s anti-Muslim tirades and the consequent widespread belief that the United States is perpetrating a war against Islam.”

Trump may lose in November. But his bigoted words about Islam and his mythical narratives about the formation of the Islamic State will require hundreds of millions of dollars and many decades to neutralize, the write wrote.


Ali Zain
Ali Zain

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 26, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 253.4 255.15
Euro EUR 274 276.6
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs190,900 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs163,670.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 190,900 PKR 2,100


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