British Muslims have started the process of leaving the UK over fears for their ‘personal safety’ now that Boris Johnson is Prime Minister for five years. Amidst them is the head of a Muslim charity that gives food parcels for poor people in Manchester, after saying he was scared for the ‘future of his children.’ Manzoor Ali said: ‘I’m scared for my safety, I worry about my children’s future.’ It comes after the prime minister was accused of ‘Islamophobia and racism’ following several controversial comments he made in the past, including his remarks in a 2005 Spectator article in which he stated it was only ‘natural’ for the public to be scared of Islam. Mr. Johnson also received a substantial degree of criticism for comparing Muslim women to ‘letterboxes and bank robbers’ in a column for the Telegraph last year. The prime minister has declared his comments were taken out of context, and he was defending the right of Muslim women to wear what they like. During the election campaign, he apologized for Islamophobia in the Conservative party after several candidates shared posts by Tommy Robinson, referring to Muslims as trash.
When asked if he would apologize for Islamophobia in his party, he said: ‘Of course, and for all the pain and offense that has been caused – of course, we do. ‘And all that is intolerable, and it’s so important as a nation that we do not allow that kind of thing, and that is why we are going to have the independent inquiry.’ Nonetheless, after Mr. Johnson’s Conservatives won a landslide in the election on December 12, Manzoor Ali said that his family had given him their blessing to move to a place that would be safe and secure for them. Mr. Ali told Metro.co.uk: ‘My charity has been going on for ten years, we’ve helped people from all walks of life, including former soldiers and white working-class English people. ‘But I’m scared for my safety, I worry about my children’s future.’
Mr. Ali proceeded to accuse the prime minister of ‘Islamophobia and racism’ because of his past remarks and ‘failure to root out Islamophobia in his party.’ He added that Britain was his home, and he did not know where else to go, but his family is in agreement that they should move to guarantee their safety. The father of three told that New Zealand appealed to him, given the humane and compassionate manner in which the prime minister of the country, Jacinda Ardern, handled the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings in which a far-right terrorist killed 51 people.
An IT consultant named Edan from North London echoed his sentiments when she said she was ‘terrified’ following the result of the election, especially after being assaulted previously, with her headscarf ripped off. People are calling her a ‘terrorist’ in public in recent times. She fears the result will encourage ‘racists and islamophobes.’ Eidan told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’ve actively begun looking for jobs elsewhere, maybe Turkey, maybe Pakistan. ‘I’m terrified. ‘My niece, who is a doctor, has already started saying, “I don’t know if this is the right country for us.” She also said she spoke to her nephew in Canada to find out if ‘conditions were better for Muslims there,’ to which she says he told her ‘it was a lot better than in the UK.’ Eidan said she found it heartbreaking and couldn’t call London home, as she does not know where else she can call home.