Muslims at Haj Call for Trump to Stop 'Attack' On Islam
Muslims at the "stoning of the devil" ritual, part of the annual haj pilgrimage on Friday (September 1) were worried about U.S. President Donald Trump's policies towards them.
Saudi Arabia, which stakes its reputation on organizing the haj, has urged pilgrims to put aside political concerns and focus on spirituality. But Islamophobia is a common subject at meals and while waiting in long lines to pray and conduct rituals.
Malaysian pilgrim Abdul Azim Zainul Abideen said the president should stop what he called his attacks on Islam saying, "We don't have anything against any Americans or non-Muslims."
As a candidate, Trump proposed barring Muslims from entering the United States. In office, he ordered temporary bans on people from several Muslim-majority countries, which have been blocked by courts that ruled they were discriminatory.
His administration has denied any intention of religious discrimination in the travel ban, saying it is intended purely as a national security measure.