Here’s a small example of how two brave women took it upon themselves to do the right thing and stood up to a hateful Islamophobe. They give us a clear and good example of how to deal with hate:
Both the racist and the young woman were customers at this ice-cream parlour. But the women chose to return the man’s money and throw him out of their shop. “If you can’t be nice, we don’t want you here.”
What they have done was simple and powerful and the right thing that any self respecting human should do.
Just like these two ladies, Muslims should do their part too. They should shut down sectarian and hate mongering imams, or at the very least just get up and walk out of sermons where hate- and sectarian-speeches are spouted. From my observations, this seldom happens. I don’t have the answer as to why people choose to continue to sit while hate is being lobbed at them from an imam who is clearly not up to the responsibility he has been entrusted with.
We should have the courage to do the right thing. It’s the decent thing to do.