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“Why Boris Johnson’s Eid Message Is One We Don’t Need”

by in Identity on 14th August, 2019

As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid Al Adha this year, Boris Johnson put out his first Eid message as the UK’s Prime Minister which was tweeted from the official Downing Street Twitter account.

His message focused on the contribution of British Muslims.

Johnson has previously made comments of an Islamophobic nature which led to his message coming under scrutiny by some Muslims, whilst being commended by others.

While at first listen the message may seem neutral and celebratory of the Muslim community, Dr. Khadijah Elshayyal called out the message for it “reinforces the ‘good Muslim, bad Muslim’ frame that the state consistently pushes: we acknowledge and celebrate Muslims who contribute in ways that the neoliberal state deems to be of value – note economy always comes first”

The Tweet was also met with comments that were Islamophobic and questoned his sentiments.

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