Picture: Ali Kadri/Facebook
Picture: Ali Kadri/Facebook

Most would be tempted to respond to racist or Islamophobic abuse with vitriol, but Ali Kadri decided to use patience, wit and a little bit of intellect to get one over an internet troll.

One Saturday night earlier this year, Kadri, who lives in Brisbane, Australia, received a message through the Facebook page of the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) for which he's a spokesperson.

Pretending to want to convert to Islam, the man who got in touch - known only as Joshua - clearly wasn't interested in a serious discussion, riddling his message with jokes about "72 virgins", "Allahu Snackbar" and insults about the Prophet Mohamed.

Kadri subsequently shared the exchange with his followers on Facebook, where it has since received thousands of likes and shares - mainly for his stoic defence of his religion, his humour and for the way he ended the conversation.

It started innocently enough

But it was clear Joshua didn't want a serious discussion

Kadri didn't let it pass though

Despite Joshua being deeply offensive

...and continually using that stupid face

Kadri decided to give him a little education

Joshua was a tough nut to crack

But not that tough...

As the conversation ended, Joshua maybe just learned a little something


Speaking to indy100, Kadri explained that as the public face of the ICQ - which aims to counter Islamophobia and provide a counter-narrative to the radical propaganda of terror organisations - he often receives messages like this.

But he says he always tries to respond in a calm manner:

If I block people or get angry at them it will end the conversation and my purpose is to create a dialogue so I can counter hatred and misinformation with proper education.

As for why he waited a few months before sharing the exchange, Kadri added:

I usually engage with people and didn't think much of it but recently I have realised that many Muslims want to respond to such hatred but are too fearful and emotional.

I thought sharing this may encourage others to engage in this manner. It may not work all the time but I am sure most times it will break barriers.

I am inundated with messages of support from Muslims from Palestine to Kashmir to the UK.

Kadri hopes the response his post has received from other Muslims around the world will lead to other people confronting hatred in the same way.

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