Muslim leaders have gathered, during the Democratic National Convention, to push the community to challenge the growing problem of Islamophobia by their votes.
“You don’t have to go to Canada, just register and vote. We can defeat hate,” Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said during the event.
“Islamophobia is not a Muslim issue, it's an American issue. Hate crimes are on the rise. The biggest victim of Islamophobia is America and its future prospect,” he added.
Awad, with the help of other Muslim leaders, try to encourage members of the Muslim community to get involved in politics. They believe that Muslims are under-represented in politics and that Islamophobia and hatred of others are growing within the Republican Party.
"This is not like prior elections where we are debating the role of government, whether taxes should be higher or lower and the like," Keith Ellison, the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district said. "We never had a leader of a major party openly calling for religious hate against a particular community."
Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for the U.S. presidential election, has called for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States. His proposal caused considerable controversy.
Last week, however, he “expanded” his ban on Muslims, calling to stop immigration from “any nation that has been compromised by terrorism.”
After securing the Republican presidential nomination, it is estimated that his candidacy could propel Muslim-Americans to head to the polls and vote against him.