Although an overwhelming majority of AmericanÂ Muslims are supporting Hillary Clinton in PresidentialÂ election, remarks of both the candidates during secondÂ presidential debate disappointed many Muslims.
While most of the American Muslims have no confusionÂ about Republican presidential candidate Donald JÂ Trumpâ€™s opinion about them, some said even Hillary didÂ not mention Islamophobia and only mentioned MuslimsÂ in reference to ISIS (Daesh), Counter-Terrorism andÂ security. During the debate an undecided Muslim voterÂ named Gorbah Hamed asked each of the candidates howÂ they would help Muslims in the United States deal withÂ rising anti-Muslim sentiments. In response, DonaldÂ Trump focused on terrorist attacks, which he described asÂ the work of â€œradical Islamic terrorists.â€Â â€œWhen they see hatred going on, they have to report it. AsÂ an example, in San Bernardino, many people saw theÂ bombs all over the apartment of the two people that killedÂ 14 and wounded many horribly. They’ll never be theÂ same. The Muslims have to report the problems when they see them,â€ Trump said.Â On the other hand, Hillary praised Muslim role in USÂ society saying the Muslims have been present in the USÂ since the era of George Washington. But her responseÂ also focused on role of the Muslim community in counter-terrorism efforts and law enforcement. â€œWe needÂ American-Muslims to be part of our eyes and ears on theÂ front lines,â€ she stated, saying it was important for theÂ Muslims to see themselves as part of Americaâ€™s homelandÂ security.Â Some of her supporters were not much amused with theÂ fact that the Muslim community was only discussed inÂ reference to terror and ISIS. Vice President of localÂ Muslim Democratic Club in Maryland, Nadia SyahmalinaÂ said Islamophobia could have also been discussed duringÂ the debate. She however appreciated how Hillary ClintonÂ brought up, how embedded the Muslim community wasÂ in the fabric of American history as they were here duringÂ the time of George Washington – not many people areÂ aware that Muslim American history span over 200 years.Â According to a study, 80 percent Muslim were not playingÂ very active political role in US politics because they wereÂ afraid of negativity surrounding their image in society.Â Hamza Khan, President of Muslim Democratic Club saidÂ the debate had proved that concerns of the MuslimsÂ aboutTrump and his thinking were not unfounded.Â Democratic Senator from Maryland State Jamie Rask saidÂ Trump had openly offended all the minority communitiesÂ and that was the reason Muslim American, AfricanÂ American, Latino-American and Indian-American wereÂ all supporting Hillary Clinton.Â Many Muslim countries enjoy good relations with UnitedÂ States but it has discriminatory policies related toÂ Palestine and making interventions in Muslim countries Â on different pretexts. US president Obama had sought aÂ new beginning between the US and the Muslim world onÂ the basis of mutual respect but regrettably he did fulfillÂ his promise during his tenures and he further complicatedÂ the matters by making interventions in Muslim countries.Â United States and other countries should take steps to endÂ negative portrayals and images of Muslims and shouldÂ give them respect and rights like other citizens. UnitedÂ States and western countries need to improve their imageÂ in Muslim world by introducing the fair and just policies.