London: The newly-elected mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has invited US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to visit the British capital to show him that Islam is "compatible" with western values and to change his "ignorant" views regarding the religion.
There is an open debate between the Muslim mayor of London and the controversial New York billionaire due to anti-Muslim statements made by Donald Trump during his electoral campaign, ahead of the White House election race next November.
Trump sparked controversy after declaring that he will not allow Muslims to enter the US if he becomes president, but said he would make an exception for Khan, who rejected Trump's comments categorically and dubbed him "ignorant".
In response, Donald Trump told Morgan that Khan was "very rude" to have criticised him and challenged him to an IQ test.
"I am not stupid," Trump insisted.
As he commented on Trump's remarks to the BBC, Khan invited the US tycoon to London to demonstrate Islam's compatibility with Western liberal values.
On Wednesday, Khan told Morgan that his election as the first Muslim mayor of a Western capital showed "hope Trumps fear" and "unity Trumps division".
"With the greatest respect to Donald Trump, your views on Islam are ignorant," Khan said. "Western liberal values and mainstream Islam are compatible."
"His policies would mean Leicester, the Premier League champions, couldn’t take Riyad Mahrez to America. They’d mean Nadiya Hussain the Great British Bake Off champion couldn’t go to America. Zayn Malik couldn’t date Gigi Hadid because he’s a Muslim brit."
"I invite Donald Trump to come to London meet my wife and my daughters, meet my friends and my neighbours, meet Londoners, not just the Zayn Maliks and the Nadiya Hussain and Riyad Mahrezs, meet Londoners who are British, they are Londoners, they are Muslim.
"If I can educate the presumptive Republican presidential nominee a bit about Islam I am happy to do so", he added.
Trump's proposal, which he recently downgraded to a "suggestion", that Muslims be banned from the United States in the wake of terror attacks has been widely criticsed by Democrats and Republicans in the US.