A Muslim man in the UK was asked to remove his school jumper, which had his surname ‘Islam’ written on the back, as pub customers were feeling “uncomfortable”.
Nurul Islam, a 32-year-old teacher, was outside the Coach and Horses pub near Hertfordshire last week, when the barman approached him. He was wearing a personalised school sweatshirt, which all teachers have, when he was asked to remove it as it was offending people because of the Nice attack.
“A staff member came outside and asked if I could I take off my jumper because it was making some customers feel uncomfortable ‘after what happened last night’,” said Islam, a technology teacher at the Thomas Alleyne Academy.
“I didn’t know quite what to say, and at first I didn’t link what he’d said with the lorry attack in France, but when it sank in, I was shocked,” BBC quoted Islam as saying.
“I’m not a practising Muslim but I am a Muslim. It makes me feel terrible that my name is the cause of such contention when all it means is peace. If I had the word ‘peace’ on there, would he still have asked me to leave?” he said.
A hate crime police officer is investigating the incident.
“A specialist hate crime officer is investigating to establish whether offences have been committed,” Hertfordshire Police said. The pub, however, has not commented on the issue.