A whole lot gathered outdoors Calgary Metropolis Corridor on Tuesday to sentence Islamaphobia and honour the Muslim family that was killed in a hate-motivated and targeted attack in London, Ont., on Sunday.
Salman Afzaal, 46, his 74-year-old mom — whose title was not offered — his spouse Madiha Salman, 44, and their daughter Yumna Afzaal, 15, have been struck and killed by a car whereas out for a stroll Sunday night, based on authorities. Their son Fayez Afzaal, 9, is recovering from accidents.
Leaders from a number of religion teams in Calgary confirmed their solidarity with the Muslim neighborhood, talking about uniting in opposition to hate on the vigil.
“This isn’t a Muslim situation. It is a Canadian situation. It is a human situation,” mentioned Syed Soharwardy, founding father of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.
“What occurred in London, Ont., it was surprising however it’s not surprising. Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, violence, hate is on the rise on this nation, and till the federal government does one thing to cease it, it’s not going to cease.”
Muslims will not be asking for any particular therapy; they’re asking for equal therapy, “like another Canadian,” Soharwardy mentioned.
“What number of lives must be taken by these white supremacist hatemongers?” he mentioned.
This isn’t the primary time folks have wanted to collect to sentence Islamophobia, mentioned Riyaz Khawaja, spokesperson for the Hussaini Affiliation of Calgary. The vigil is about exhibiting solidarity and selling peace and concord, he mentioned.
“We need to inform them that we’re with you. You might be in our hearts,” Khawaja mentioned.
“The worry the hatemongers try to create, we need to defend [against] that. That’s solely potential if all of us come collectively and we collect right here to unfold consciousness, stand in opposition to the hate, stand in opposition to Islamophobia and stand in opposition to terrorism.”
Rabbi Mark Glickman of Calgary’s Temple B’nai Tikvah mentioned it merely: “Once you assault one in all us, you assault us all.”
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