Presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," immigrants and visitors alike, because of what he describes as hatred among "large segments of the Muslim population" toward Americans. The Associated Press asked Muslims around the world for their thoughts on his proposal.
Aasim Salman, 47, owner of a coffee shop (pictured above), speaks in Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 8, 2015. "I visited the coffee shops in the U.S. and saw many Americans sitting there, smiling and laughing. I don’t see any difference between us, why does Trump want to divide us?" he asked. "I’m confident the American people will punish him and not vote for him at all. This would bring American back to past centuries when the U.S. suffered from racial discrimination."
“It doesn’t upset me that much that he said this. It is when I see there’s a mass following that supports his idiotic rambling that worries me,” said Gihan Nagui, a 27-year-old Egyptian Muslim marketing and research manager at her apartment in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 8, 2015. Nagui was reacting to Donald Trump's speech where he called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."
“I am a businessman, I import goods from America to Iraq and I have plans to enter the U.S. market. But what happens when the President of the greatest and most powerful nation in the world thinks this way?" asks Thamer Gharaib, 50, in Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 8, 2015. "I would tell him not to manipulate the feelings of the people just to win. The blood of the innocent is more important than winning.”
“I think Donald Trump is an ignorant human who should not be allowed to run as president. He does not stand for what the U.S. stands for. How can he run for president when he does not respect what the founding fathers stood for? " said Kim El Narsh, a 28-year-old Egyptian Muslim entrepreneur in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 8, 2015. "If Trump became president of the United States there would be a huge possibility it will become a non-United States of America,” said El Narsh reacting to Trump's speech.
"Donald Trump's speech reminded me of Hitler. Trump has managed to gain votes through hate speech. I do not see anyone doing anything about it and that scares me," said Feras Ali Abou Ghaben, a 30-year-old Palestinian American Muslim stock broker in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 7, 2015. "What terrified me even more was the applause that came after his speech," said Abou Ghaben.