Pakistani tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq has decided to wear a white band at the Paris Masters Games to record his peaceful protest over blasphemous sketches in France.
In a video message released on Twitter, he urged athletes around the world, including Muslims, to wear white bands and record their protests against those who do not respect the religion, culture or beliefs of others.
-Show solidarity & unity by wearing a #whitearmband to create awareness that we as humans/athletes can't accept people & governments to disrespect & mock other religions @wasimakramlive @realshoaibmalik @SAfridiOfficial #StopAntagonizing #RespectAllReligions #IslamReligionOfPeace pic.twitter.com/DrYrt8oj49
— Aisam ul Haq Qureshi (@aisamhqureshi) November 3, 2020
“By wearing white bands, we will show solidarity and religious tolerance,” he said.
“As a player, I have learned to always respect everyone’s religion, culture and beliefs,” Aisam-ul-Haq said.
“Freedom of expression does not mean insulting one’s religion and beliefs,” he said.
“I am in Paris, France, to attend the Paris Masters, where French President Emmanuel Macron has supported blasphemous sketches under the guise of freedom of expression,” he said.
He said that it was very disappointing that the people here were being incited to insult the religion and the Prophet Muhammad.
It should be noted that Islam is the second-largest religion in France, the country with the largest Muslim population in Europe. However, in this country with a population of 5 million Muslims, Muslims are seen in the context of their homeland. Face discrimination.
There is no restriction on freedom of expression in France with secular values, under which everyone is free to practice their religion. However, in recent times the government has tried to rein in Muslims on religious grounds and in 1905 Attempts are being made to amend the last secular law.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent anti-Islamic rhetoric and the defence of the man who sketched the prophet Muhammad Mustafa has provoked strong reactions in the Muslim world, and French products have been boycotted in most countries.