1000 reward points for blowing up a mosque.
Earlier this month, starting on March 9th, several UK media outlets reported on a hatred campaign by an unidentified group sending out terrorising, Islamophobic letters to members of the Muslim community in several cities across the Kingdom.
The notes declared April 3rd as a national Punish a Muslim Day, further calling on Brits to commit hate crimes against Muslims on said day and rewarding such criminal activities with points which go further up as the severity of the crimes intensify; verbally abusing a Muslim garners 10 points; 100 points for beating up a Muslim; and for a reward of 1000 points, blowing up mosque.
“Are you a sheep like the vast majority of the population?” read the letters. “Sheep follow orders and are easily led. They are allowing the white-majority nations of Europe and North America to become overrun by those who would like nothing more than to do us harm and to turn our democracies into sharia-led police states.”In a quick response, the British counter-terrorism police launched an investigation into the letters and made a nationwide appeal for information on the identity of the senders. No arrests have yet been made however the police called on Muslims in the UK to remain vigilant and practice caution in the public sphere.
"We are coordinating the investigation at this time and will consider any potential links to existing inquiries. Anyone with any concerns about a communication they may have received should contact their local police force,” a police spokesperson stated.
A British man, namely Shahab Adris, launched a Love a Muslim Day campaign to wide-spread support on social media. "I thought, let's turn this letter on its head, keep the points system and turn it into something lovely," Adris said to BBC.Earlier this week, the Scottish Parliament announced that the "abhorrent" letters are to be discussed by MPs in order to take further action against what they described as a 'really urgent situation'. No letters are reported to have been received by Muslims in Scotland, however MP Anas Sawrar said the country has witnessed a spike in Islamophobic crimes since the campaign saw the light about a couple of weeks ago.
In the first international reaction, London's Kuwait Embassy advised its citizens to practice caution in public in the upcoming days leading up to April 3rd.
Iman Atta, the director of a UK NGO monitoring anti-Muslim activity, said to The Guardian that the letters have caused immense fear in the Muslim communities. “They are asking if they are safe, if their children are safe to play outdoors. We have told them to keep calm and to phone the police if they receive one of these letters.”