A prayer assembly is being held in Saskatoon Tuesday night time to honour the victims of the deadly attack on a Muslim household in London, Ont.
“We have to have the braveness to name the spade a spade. We have to say, you realize, this isn’t a one-off scenario,” mentioned Daniel Kuhlen with the Islamic Affiliation of Saskatchewan.
The affiliation mentioned Islamophobia has gotten worse within the province through the years.
In 2018 a Muslim man strolling dwelling from a mosque in Saskatoon was almost hit by a truck and had bricks thrown by way of his dwelling window.
The affiliation mentioned hate towards the Muslim neighborhood has gotten worse since then.
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The College of Saskatchewan’s Muslim Scholar Affiliation (MSA) tried holding a web-based memorial earlier this year remembering the 2017 mosque taking pictures in Quebec.
“We had lots of unidentified individuals becoming a member of and having Islamophobic and racist phrases to say,” mentioned president Abdirahman Ali.
He mentioned it’s necessary assaults on Muslim individuals be taken critically by the general public, and regulation enforcement, to ship a message that this type of hate isn’t OK.
“Issues simply don’t occur in a vacuum,” he mentioned.
“Somebody doesn’t simply get up sooner or later and resolve to run over individuals. It takes lots of hatred to construct inside that particular person for them to do this.”
Ali mentioned he’s nervous about his circle of relatives within the wake of the London assault.
“I used to be truly telling my relations and my sisters ‘simply watch out, even when the stroll signal is on, don’t depend on that as a result of issues are getting loopy now,’” he mentioned.
“Shield your self and take precautions.”
Kuhlen mentioned it’s necessary for Canadians to look at their very own attitudes towards Muslims and to not “fall into that lure of deep unexamined hatred and intolerance.”
The prayer assembly for the victims of the London, Ont., assault can be at 7:15 p.m. on the Islamic Affiliation of Saskatchewan’s Islamic Centre.