Canada Kingston’s Muslim community says that Islamophobia is deeply rooted in Canada
The latest news developments on the fatal attack in London, Ont.
The latest news on the vehicle attack in London, Ont., that killed four members of a Muslim family and seriously injured a nine-year-old boy on Sunday (all times eastern): --- 9 p.m. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says reports that a vehicle attack that killed four people in London, Ont., was motivated by the fact the victims were Muslim is "horrific and heartbreaking." In a series of social media posts, O'Toole expressed his deepest---
"Inalillahi wainailaihi rajiun," Imam Abubakar Mulla of Kingston's Islamic Society started off with, when asked his thoughts on what Canada's prime minister described as a "terrorist attack" against a Muslim family in London, Ont.
The Arabic phrase translates to, "to God we belong to, and to Him we return," and it's used to send condolences after someone has passed.
Four members of a Muslim family killed in an attack in Canada
© AP, Geoff Robin Attacks were secured by the police in London, Ontario, Monday, June 7, 2021. Sunday night, a Man darkened on a Muslim family driving his pick-up in London, Canada, who's four dead. The suspect has been stopped. This premeditated attack has been described as "horrible act of Islamophobia" by Ottawa. Four members of a Muslim family were killed in a "premeditated" attack on Sunday, June 6th in the city of London, 200 km southwest of Toronto ( Canada ).
After the news of a Muslim family being struck by a car when out for a walk Sunday evening broke, the Muslim community in Kingston and across the country called upon the government to do more work to protect them.
"All life is sacred, and when innocent lives are taken, then our local governments, as well as our federal government, our respected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau— we need to take more of a stronger stance as opposed to just statements and condemnations," said Imam Mulla.
Four out of the five family members did not survive the attack. A nine-year-old boy was left seriously injured. London police say that there is evidence that the attack was planned, motivated by hate.
The latest news on the attack in London, Ont.
TORONTO — The latest news on the vehicle attack in London, Ont., that killed four members of a Muslim family and seriously injured a nine-year-old boy on Sunday (all times eastern): --- 4:30 p.m. The accused in the attack on the Muslim family worked part time at an egg farm in nearby Strathroy, Ont. The CEO of Gray Ridge Eggs Inc., William Gray, gave no details of what Nathaniel Veltman did at the company. Gray says they were "shocked and---
Adnan Husain, the director of the School of Religion at Queen's University, co-curated one of Canada's first courses dedicated to Islamophobia. He says that the fear, or hatred of Muslim people in Canada, and in Kingston specifically, is long-standing.
"In order to address and emolliate the situation (Islamophobia) and expunge it from society, we have to really acknowledge that longer history and do a lot more education and put in place institutions and practices in order to eliminate it," said Husain.
The course's co-curator, professor Ariel Salzmann says that Statistics Canada doesn't clearly outline what discrimination against Muslims is, therefore hate crimes against Muslims aren't being properly tracked.
Video: Grief, calls for action from B.C. Muslim community (cbc.ca)
'Dark day:' Police say five pedestrians run down in London, Ont., targeted as Muslims
LONDON, Ont. — A Muslim family of five out for an evening early summer stroll were mowed down by a driver in an "act of mass murder," the mayor of London, Ont., said on Monday. The deadly attack on Sunday evening, denounced as terrorism by one Muslim group, left four of them dead and a boy with serious injuries, police said. "Words fail on a day as dark as this but still words matter," Mayor Ed Holder said. "This was an act of mass murder perpetrated against Muslims, against Londoners, and rooted in unspeakable hatred." A 20-year-old man from London was arrested in the parking lot of a mall seven kilometres away.
Hate crimes are broken down into three categories on the national statistic site: racial, religion, and sexuality. The professor says that often times, Muslims cross over into multiple categories at once, so it's hard to properly document.
"Without the classification, and the correct gathering of data, we have no idea how widespread it is," said Salzmann.
Husain said that discrimination is often seen as an front on which Canada is significantly better off than the United States, but explained that Islamophobia hits close to home.
"While we have not suffered a tragedy, thank goodness, as cataclysmic, violent proportions as we've seen in Quebec City — and now in London — the reality is that Islamophobia is a daily experienced form of exclusion and discrimination," said Husain.
"It happens to especially Muslim women who wear the hijab, or other Muslims who are visibly observant."
He goes on to explain that discrimination against Muslims isn't always as evident as the London attack. It can also be displayed in ways such as poor service at restaurants or while shopping, or not being given the same access to job opportunities.
Sask. Muslim community in 'undeniable shock and horror' after Ontario attack
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a crowd in London, Ont., Tuesday evening at a vigil in honour of the Muslim family killed in what police say was a premeditated attack.
"We have had cases where people have been abused. Muslim women, students on campus have have faced abuse on the streets of Kingston with racialized, anti-Muslim epithets. The former president of AMS was politically activated by anti-Muslim acts including the vandalism of the Muslim prayer space," added Husain.
Salzmann explains that action against Islamophobia looks like surveys and proper documentation of the lived experiences Muslims in Canada share, so that history doesn't get the chance to repeat itself.
"We have to acknowledge that anti-Muslim sentiment in the past is very ancient, very deep in Western civilization, and secondly, it's now a global phenomenon," said the professor.
Husain explained that the London attack was particularly disturbing because people in the past target places of worship where Muslims gather. This, to him, was an even more brazen move as the family was isolated, going out for a walk.
Imam Mulla expressed that he'd like to go for walks on the streets of Kingston, and anywhere else, and be safe as a Muslim.
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Members of the New Brunswick Muslim community say they’re not shocked nor surprised to hear of what happened to the Afzaal family, because they’ve been personally targeted and othered for their religion before. But the apprehension has escalated to fear after this week.In Fredericton, a school child was mocked by classmates yelling "Allahu Akbar" and making explosion noises.