Shokat Ali lauds Labour’s adoption of Islamophobia definition

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LONDON: Shokat Ali, Chairman, British Muslim Friends of Labour has welcomed the Labour Party’s adoption of the Islamophobia definition, which all political parties should adopt.

The Labour Party’s National Executive Committee has adopted a definition of Islamophobia published by the APPG on British Muslims. The definition adopted is as follows: “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”

A Labour Party spokesperson said:“The Labour Party’s National Executive Committee has adopted the working definition on Islamophobia produced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims to help tackle Islamophobia, build a common understanding of its causes and consequences, and express solidarity with Muslim communities.”

In April 2018, The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims initiated an inquiry into a working definition of Islamophobia as a catalyst for building a common understanding of the causes and consequences of Islamophobia. 

The APPG on British Muslims then led a six month consultation with various stakeholders including academics, lawyers, local and nationally elected officials, Muslim organisations, activists, campaigners, and local Muslim communities to guide its definition of Islamophobia.

Since the launch, the definition has gained wide-spread support especially within the Muslim community. Over 750 British Muslims organisations and institutions, over 80 academics, over 50 cross-party parliamentarians have supported and called for the adoption of the APPG definition of Islamophobia.