Small group of women attacked outside Langley Islamic Center – Aldergrove Star

A small group of Muslim women were verbally harassed as they returned home from Ramadan evening prayers in Langley on Wednesday April 27, the imam of the Islamic Center of Langley said.

Some people commented on their dress and religious beliefs, Imam Fawad Kalsi said.

Kalsi is still collecting details about the incident, but believes the women were harassed for wearing their ethnic dress.

No complaints have yet been filed with the RCMP as Kalsi is waiting to contact the women for more information.

In another incident the same night, a vehicle nearly hit a pedestrian outside a mosque in Surrey. RCMP have identified the person they believe was driving the car.

Three pedestrians were doused with water – and one was reportedly nearly hit by the same vehicle – outside the Surrey Jamia Masjid in Newton in the final days of Ramadan.

Kalsi is unsure if the two incidents were connected, saying he was troubled by the threat members of his community face.

“At the end of the day, we are tied to Islamophobia…it has to be dealt with,” he said. “The government should do more…it is unacceptable what is happening in Canada.

Kalsi also pointed to the case of the London, Ontario terrorist attack that happened last year, killing four people, including a teenager.

“We are not going to stop practicing our freedom of religion. Our community is strong…we must stay vigilant and protect our community.

Following both incidents, MP John Aldag expressed concern and condemned the attack. He visited the center in Langley and met the imam and other members of the community.

“I am gravely concerned by two incidents that occurred outside local mosques last night during Ramadan,” he said, asking local law enforcement to investigate the matter.

“There is an unfortunate history of Islamophobia in Canada, including the terrorist attack in London. We must stand up against all forms of Islamophobia and prosecute those who commit hate crimes. This is particularly the case after the second incident mimicked the London terror attack by imitating worshipers with a vehicle.

He assured those present at the mosque that he would follow up with local law enforcement to ensure appropriate action was taken to locate the individual and ensure the protection of Muslims in Cloverdale and Langley City.

Kalsi appreciated Aldag’s visit and described him as a “longtime good friend” of the center.

– with files from Black Press Media

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