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Richmond Muslims call for action against systemic racism

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:37 PDT, Wed June 9, 2021

Last Updated: 3:34 PDT, Wed June 9, 2021

The local Muslim community is speaking out against the recent hate-motivated murder of a Muslim family in London, Ont.

Mahmood Jaffer, director of public relations and communications for Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre Shia Muslim Community of British Columbia, based in Richmond, says “it is with heavy hearts that we extend this statement. Our prayers go out to the entire Muslim community, and in particular, to nine-year-old Fayez Salman, whose family was killed in this Islamophobic attack. We pray for his quick and full recovery from the injuries he sustained in the attack.” 

Jaffer goes on to say that, as Muslims in Canada, “we are well aware of the deep-seated anti-Muslim racism and white supremacy in this country that fuels such attacks, including the Quebec City mosque shooting, the stabbing of a mosque caretaker in Toronto, and attacks against Muslim women in Alberta and across the country. These sentiments are further incited by the legislation and policies of our federal and provincial governments, as observed in Quebec's Bill 21 banning religious symbols and the many MPs who opposed the anti-Islamophobia motion M-103.”

“While we continue to grieve the lives that have been taken from us, we remain resolved to continue practicing our faith despite attempts to raise fear and unrest within the Muslim community. We call upon our elected officials and community allies to take action to address the causes of systemic anti-Muslim racism, Islamophobia, and all forms of injustice against Muslims,” concludes the statement.

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