Taleeb Noormohamed is the member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville, [Canada] and chair of the federal government’s British Columbia caucus.
On January 29, Canadians mark the National Day for Remembrance and Action Against Islamophobia. It was on this day, five years ago, that six innocent lives were taken in cold blood, while praying at a Mosque in Quebec City. Six innocent people, with dreams and hopes, who made Canada their home, seeking tolerance and peace. Six innocent souls murdered simply because they were Muslim.
Sadly, more such killings would follow—Mohamed-Aslim Zafis, as he volunteered at a mosque in Etobicoke, Ontario [Canada] in 2020; and then last year’s horrific murder of the Afzaal family in London, Ontario, run over as they went for an evening stroll. Each of these lives was taken by someone filled with hate for Muslims.
The facts are sobering. In the last five years, there have been more mass killings motivated by Islamophobia in Canada than in any other G7 nation.
Sadly, for each tragic story that captures the attention of the nation, there are many more that do not. Imagine the daily fear women feel of being assaulted because they’re wearing their headscarves on the street—or a young person logging online and experiencing widespread hate that portrays Muslims as violent and un-Canadian. This is a daily reality for many Muslims across this country.
Full article at Georgia Straight