Watch: Humza Yousaf shocks Scottish Parliament with Urdu oath

, 2:05 PM IST

Glasgow: Humza Yousaf, a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) who won a seat from the city of Glasgow, took the oath in Urdu language reflecting his Pakistani heritage.

The video of him taking oath went viral on Friday. Some on social media were appalled by the swearing in of a Muslim MP. However, Hamza laughed off the expected backlash to his oath from those fearful of the role of Islam in British society.

Humza Yousaf was the final member to be sworn in. He spoke first in English and then in Urdu. He pledged, “I Humza Haroon Yousaf, to swear that I will be faithful and be a true allegiance to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs, and successors according to law. So help me God.”

Hamza was not the only politician to take the oath in his native language. Several MSPs made their oaths in local tongues such as Doric, Gaelic and Scots as well as English.

There were others showing support to the new Muslim politician.