Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has voiced his support for Muslims amid Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from the United States.
Muslims in the United States and abroad have been criticized in the wake of attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
In the wake of the anti-Muslim attack, Mr. Zuckerberg who recently became a father, wrote on his personal Facebook page that he wants to assure Muslims they are welcome on Facebook and that “we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you”.
He said: “I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world.
“After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others.”
Zuckerberg said he was inspired to speak up because of his teachings as a Jew, adding that his parents taught him to speak up against attacks on all communities.
“As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.
“If you’re a Muslim in this community, as the leader of Facebook I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you.
“Having a child has given us so much hope, but the hate of some can make it easy to succumb to cynicism. We must not lose hope. As long as we stand together and see the good in each other, we can build a better world for all people.”
Within one hour, his post had garnered 249,781 “likes” on the social networking site, more than 29,163 shares and 13,835 comments.
Recent statistics shows that Muslims make up approximately 20 percent of the world’s population.