Khans Making Headlines across Europe

“I want to say thank you to every single Londoner for making the impossible possible today.”-Mayor Sadiq Khan of London

 

Meet the New MAYOR of London-Yes, he is a MUSLIM.

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The new Mayor of London as of May 8th, 2016, Sadiq Khan, is also representative of every child sitting in classroom, dreaming of a brighter future.

At 45 years of age, married and two daughters, Khan was also a human rights solicitor by profession and Member of the Labour Party. Now, Mayor of London, let us get to know the real Khan.

Of Pakistani descent, Khan´s father was a bus driver and mother, a seamstress and both believing Muslims. Khan´s father gave him a message credited to hadiths or words of the prophet, Mohammed (PBUH): “if one sees something wrong, one has the duty to try to change it.”

Khan´s interest in politics grew from secondary school and he joined the Labour Party at the age of 15. He wasn´t just inspired by his parents, but also by Naz Bokhari, the first Muslim head teacher in the UK.

Following the July 7, 2005 bombings, Sadiq Khan said to the Members of Parliament, “Today Londoners and the rest of the UK have even more reason to be proud of Londoners – proud of the way heroic Londoners of all faiths, races and backgrounds, victims, survivors and passers-by, acted on Thursday; proud of the way ordinary courageous Londoners carried on with their business and stopped the criminals disrupting our life.”

He was already proving to be a representative of people of all backgrounds.

In his first speech as mayor he expressed, “I want to say thank you to every single Londoner for making the impossible possible today.” He is also happy that they chose hope over fear.

Refusal to Shake Hand Costs Swedish Muslim His Political Position

Yasri S. Khan
Yasri S. Khan

Member of the Swedish Green Party, Yasri Shamsudin  Khan, announced his withdrawal from politics last month after he refused to shake a woman´s hand.

The female TV4 reporter found it offensive that Khan would shake a man´s hand, but not that of a woman´s. Feminists were angry. Politicans began questioning. Media had their frenzy. Heated debates about shaking hands, feminism and politics spread across headlines and on the social network.

As a result, Khan himself stated that he was raised in the way that a handshake was too intimate, but didn’t mean to disrespect women, and also noted that politics was not the right field for him.

Heated debates sparked up on his Facebook page, each one more harsh than the other, but Khan´s responses were in a calm tone.

Born and brought up in Stockholm, Khan tells media, in Swedish, that a few years back, he could never have imagined being put on the spot like that.

No longer involved in politics, Yasri expressed on his Facebook page that he can now express himself more freely as he is still a leader of the organization, “Swedish Muslims for Peace and Justice.”

All of this followed less than a week after Mehmet Kaplan, Minister of 1.5 years for the Green Party, renounced his position on accusations of being an extremist Muslim. Images of Kaplan, having attended a dinner where guests included a notorious Turkish fascist organization, spread like wildfire in the public sphere.

According to some politicians, it was unprofessional of Kaplan and his staff not to keep an eye on other guests. Other politicians who knew Kaplan on a more personal level expressed how they would never suspect Kaplan of meaning anyone any harm.

Kaplan publicly compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians with Nazi Germany actions against the Jews, back in 2009. This was the last straw for Swedish Politicians who thought Kaplan unfit for politics. He was forced to resign.

Mehmet Kaplan, like Yasri Khan, is still active in the community.

Rumki Chowdhury
Rumki Chowdhury

Published Author, Poet and Journalist. Born in Bangladesh, raised in USA, lived in UK and now in, Sweden. Married and mother of two daughters, Alhumduilillah.

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