HILLIARD, Ohio (WCMH) – With Donald Trump now the President-elect of the United States, there’s some concern from Muslims and other minority groups about what lies ahead.
Imran Malik of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center was born in Pakistan and grew up in Bahrain but has been in the U.S. for 21 years now and is a naturalized citizen.
Malik said he and others in his community are concerned by the rhetoric that was spewed during the campaigning process and are fearful it could become more extreme.
“The biggest concern that the minorities, especially the Muslim community, the Hispanics, the LGBTQ communities, what they came across was some of that verbal campaigning attitude got converted into actions,” Malik said. “Freedom of speech has some limitation, but when freedom of speech turns into hateful crimes and in hateful attitudes toward people of other minorities, I think that is where the immigrant community, especially the Muslim community, is having a lot of concerns.”
Malik said he believes America is already great and that making it greater will only happen “when we all work together.”
“I think the current political rhetoric has put the nation into a divide in two different opposite directions,” Malik said. “I think part of the administration, the new administration, has to be focused around how we can bridge people together back again as a community because collectivism is what’s going to take us forward. Division is going to make us fall and is going to only take us backward.”
He added that the U.S. must act as an example for other countries.
“The rest of the world, where there’s already atrocities happening to human values and human lives, whether it’s under the tyranny of a dictator or under a monarchy, it’s only going to take this initiative and this correspondence being done by U.S. leadership and take it to the next level,” Malik said.