Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatu Allahi Wa Barakatuh,
We are deeply saddened by the hate-motivated attack on two female Muslim Edmontonians. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the victims. We pray that they recover from the physical and emotional trauma inflicted upon them by a hate-filled menace.
Behind the sadness is anger, angry that our incredible city has been disparaged by an ugly act of racially motivated violence.
Beyond the anger is gratitude, gratitude to the brave individuals that acted and came to the defence of these helpless victims and detained the criminal until police arrived and took the man into custody.
We are confident that he will be prosecuted with the full force of the law.
We know that there are groups operating in Alberta that espouse Islamophobic ideas and are threatening visible minorities.
We cannot tolerate or allow hate to overcome our society and we expect EPS and the criminal code to thwart such groups and individuals.
Al Rashid Mosque