Muslim Council of Montreal alarmed over attack of vandalism at Montreal mosqueDecember 22, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Montreal, Quebec, December 22nd, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) expressed its concern over a recent attack of vandalism at the Abou Hourira mosque in Verdun. Graffiti messages were found on the walls, doors and windows of the mosque.“Canada is a place of peace, tolerance, diversity and pluralism and such hateful actions go against all the values of our charter, constitution and country,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Attacks such as these ones that specifically target religious institutions are becoming alarmingly common in Quebec, highlighting the grave problem of Islamaphobia, anti-Semitism and all forms of racism and hate in general. We call on all Canadians to speak out against such attacks and work together to promote peace and social harmony.”
MCM is further disturbed to see the growing trend of inflammatory statements from certain members of the media and Quebec politicians, singling out the Canadian Muslim community for attack and instigating suspicion, hostility and hate towards them.
“It is not surprising to see an increase in incidences of Islamaphobia when our own politicians and media are spewing seeds of hate against our communities,” Elmenyawi said. “Enough of this irresponsible, divisive rhetoric that is having serious ramifications and causing so much hurt.”
MCM urges all officials and members of the community to exercise increased caution and report any suspicious individuals or activity to the authorities immediately.
Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM)
Ph.: (514) 748-8427
The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) is an umbrella organization representing a number of Islamic institutions in the Montreal region. There are over 275,000 Muslims in Montreal, about 1,200,000 in Canada and 1.9 billion worldwide.