NCCM denounces craven attack on Toronto Muslim girl

January 14, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Toronto (UNA-OIC) – The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) categorically condemned the recent incident on Khawlah Noman, an 11-year old Muslim girl in Toronto, who was attacked in broad daylight by a man who attempted to cut off her hijab as she walked to school with her 10-year old brother.

“We denounce this appalling attack and we are relieved that Khawlah and no other child was injured,” NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee said in a statement.

“We welcome that law enforcement is investigating this act as a hate crime and we call on them to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrator of this cowardly attack to the fullest extent of the law. We cherish our cohesive communities and celebrate our diversity; such attacks have no place in Canada,” he said.

“Canadians of all backgrounds stand united against hatred of any kind, and we must continue to stand together against such ignorant acts of racism. This attack coming as it does, a mere two weeks ahead of the first anniversary of the Quebec City mosque massacre where 6 innocent Muslims were gunned down while worshipping, is a prescient reminder of the dangers of allowing hatred and bigotry to go unchecked and unchallenged.

“We also urge community leaders to remain vigilant and to immediately report suspicious and criminal behavior firstly to the authorities and also to the NCCM in order to establish a clear record of such incidents,” Gardee added.

The NCCM has issued a call to designate January 29 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia and we encourage Canadians of all backgrounds to support this call.

The NCCM is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit grassroots advocacy organization. It is a leading voice for Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.

Source: International Islamic News Agency