Islamophobia is growing in Europe with media playing a big role: Mesut Ozil

Arsenal player Mesut Ozil is speaking out against Islamophobia.

Islamophobia is growing in Europe and in other parts of the world with media playing a big role in that, Ozil said on Friday.

A picture tweeted by the German-born Turkish midfielder showing him along with a quote from the Quran has been retweeted by thousands of users.

Alongside his figure, the photo bears the words in English: “Good and evil cannot be equal. Repel evil with what is better and your enemy will become as close as an intimate friend.”

Above the photo, Ozil wrote: “Let’s disarm Islamophobia with kindness.”

Ozil said people should respond to Islamophobia and Antiislamismus in a way that will not reinforce it, but rather disarm and silence it with kindness.

Ozil who joined English Premier League side Arsenal in 2013, was also part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad.

In addition to speaking out against Islamophobia, the 31-year-old has also raised his voice in defense of the Uighurs of Xinjiang, northwestern China and reports of pogroms and human rights violations by Chinese authorities.