Mehdi Hasan gives his argument for Islam being a peaceful religion. Muslim journalist Mehdi Hasan, political editor of the Huffington Post, warns Anne-Marie Waters that her "astonishing claims" might endanger her future as a Labour Party candidate, but assured her "don't worry, the BNP will take you". Hasan asks why, if Islam is "responsible for killing," such a tiny percentage of believers actually participate in violence. He asks the audience if they really believe that 1.6 billion people are all "followers, promoters and believers in a religion of violence". Hasan urges them not to "fuel the arguments of the phobes and bigots and legitimize hate", but to "trust the Muslims that you know and that you hear."
MEHDI HASAN is Britain's most prominent Muslim journalist. He recently moved from the New Statesman to become political editor of the Huffington Post. He has appeared on Question Time five times, and is hosting Al Jazeera's 'Head to Head' series at the Oxford Union this term.
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MOTION: THIS HOUSE BELIEVES ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE.
Yes's: 286 - 63%
No's: 168 - 37%
Filmed on 28/02/2013