British Muslim boxer Amir Khan appeared on TV this morning terrorists who kill in the name of Islam are ‘twisting’ the religion and that their actions are worrying for Muslims across the country.
He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain (video below) that the growing wariness towards Muslims ‘scares’ him: ‘I am Muslim and I never want to be looked at – if I’m on the bus or train I don’t want them pointing at me saying, “we don’t want to be on the train with you”.’
Khan is from Bolton, in the Greater Manchester area, and his comments came just days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night.
He added: ‘This is totally against our religion, if these people are saying that they’re doing it because of Islam, I do not believe that’s true. They’re twisting Islam.’
He went on to say he fears that fellow British Muslims including his two-year-old daughter Lamaisah could be targeted by retaliatory race hate attacks by racists because of the actions of terrorists.
He told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: ‘I am Muslim and if I’m on the bus or train I don’t want them pointing at me saying, “we don’t want to be on the train with you”.’
Worried for his daughter Lamaisah’s future, he added: ‘It’s getting worse and worse, and people will be pointing a finger at her and thinking “you’re a Muslim”, and [terrorists] give all Muslims a bad name.’
He added: ‘I think Muslims all have to stick together; in all different religions there is always good and bad – killing innocent people is not in the Koran, we all should stick together.’
Khan also urged fellow British Muslims to become more active in driving out terrorism.
‘If you know information please go out there and report it,’ he urged those watching.