Some Canadian Muslims fear acts of violence in the future
The attack that killed six men at a Quebec City mosque has stoked growing fears among Canadian Muslims amid calls for increased security and awareness about the power of hate speech.
“It’s not just that it’s unsettling, it’s scary,” Imam Zia Khan of the Centre for Islamic Development in Halifax said Monday.
Khan said he’s already hearing from some members of the Muslim community who fear acts of violence in the future. They want more closed-circuit cameras to step up security measures.
The Quebec City shooting has shocked and frightened a minority Muslim community that was already on edge, Khan said in an interview. His local mosque has been targeted in the past with graffiti and hate mail urging followers to leave the country.
Canadian Muslims have watched with dismay as mosques have been defaced across the U.S. over the last decade, he added. A mosque in Victoria, Texas, about 180 kilometres southwest of Houston, that went up in flames two days ago had been sprayed with hate graffiti and burglarized before.
“Many things have taken place but people always said: ‘Oh, these are the people who are creating the problem all over the world, so who really cares?”‘ Khan said. “Sympathies were very little.