Copyright, All Rights Reserved
Tuesday 17th November 2015
EastEnders has been widely praised for highlighting the true meaning of Islam during Monday night’s episode.
One brief scene in the long-running soap saw Muslim
character Tamwar (Himesh Patel) attempt to explain his religion to
girlfriend Nancy (Maddy Hill), after she asked him what an Arabic
passage he had marked in The Quran meant.
“Do good to relatives, orphans, the needy, the neighbour who is near
of kin, the neighbour who’s a stranger, to the companion at your side,
and to the traveller,” it read.
Tamwar said: “That to me is what Islam is about. Be kind to people, family and strangers alike, and love them.”
Many viewers were touched by the moment, which proved poignant following last week’s horrific terrorist attack at the hands of Islamic State gunmen in Paris.
Muslims have been tweeting under the #NotInMyName hashtag to distance
themselves from the radical ideology of those who committed the
atrocities and remind people that terrorism does not represent Islam.