The British Columbia Muslim Association is gravely concerned after an incident that took place outside a Surrey mosque.
As Ramadan worshippers were exiting evening prayers, wearing traditional clothing, a vehicle sped up to the worshippers. A substance was thrown at the individuals from the car. The car sped away, but then returned and repeatedly feigned trying to run them over.
In a series of tweets, the national Muslim council says it’s calling on political leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan, to prioritize challenging Islamophobia.
A motorist feigning running people over as they exit a mosque in @CityofSurrey after prayers.— Taleeb Noormohamed 🇨🇦 (@Taleeb) April 29, 2022
How much hate & ignorance must one have towards Muslims to act this way?
Particularly scary given the horror of the London attack.#Islamophobia is real & we must stop it. #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/jxMpI1s8d1
I’m horrified to hear this report, and my thoughts are with those impacted.— Rachna Singh (@RachnaSinghNDP) April 29, 2022
It’s even more gut-wrenching in that it took place during Laylat-al Qadr - one of the most holiest nights of Ramadan.
We must stand together with Muslims against anti-Muslim hate and Islamophobia. https://t.co/uDsOku4OtY