Taleeb Noormohamed: Islamophobia is on the rise, but we can defeat it—together

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.

In November 2021, Taleeb Noormohamed was sworn in as the first Muslim member of Parliament in B.C. history after being elected to represent the Liberals in Vancouver Granville. Image: Georgia Strait

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

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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