A Surrey Muslim leader is reacting to Friday’s terror attacks in Paris and what appear to be subsequent retaliatory hate crimes on Canada’s Muslim community.
This, after a mosque in Peterborough, Ontario was set ablaze Saturday, and a Muslim woman in Toronto was attacked as she was on her way to pick up her children from school.
Police are investigating both as hate crimes.
Aasim Rashid, who teaches with the Al-Ihsan Educational Foundation says his community gets targeted after major terror attacks.
“What we’re experiencing right now, is similar to what people experienced after 9/11, albeit to a lesser scale, and to some extent this happens every time, an act of terror takes place anywhere in the world.”
Rashid says it is upsetting, because the Canadian Muslim community has vocally opposed acts of terrorism, which he says go against their faith.
“Muslims are unequivocal about this, and they always have been. After all of that, people are apparently not getting the message and they want to pin this on the broader Muslim community. Every time this happens you will see hundreds of statements from Muslim organizatyions all over the place denouncing it and expressing outrage and sympathy and sorrow.”
— Mufti Aasim Rashid (@AasimRashid) November 17, 2015
But despite this, Rashid says he’s hopeful the Muslim community and Canadians can continue to work together.
“I’m confident will see that and be able to continue working with their Muslim neighbours and colleagues and not create an environment of where there’s no animosity towards any one group so we can continue fighting this together.”
He says his community continues to denounce terrorism, and that people who perpetrate acts like those in Paris, go against his faith.