PRESS STATEMENT – 31 JANUARY 2017
CMRM Calls for Solidarity Against Islamophobic Attacks
The Claremont Main Road Mosque (CMRM) strongly condemns the killing of six worshippers and the injuring of eight others at the Grand Mosque in Québec, Canada, on Sunday evening 29 January 2017. We also note with concern that the previous day on Saturday 28 January 2017, the Islamic Center of Victoria in Texas, USA, was burnt to the ground by unknown attackers.
It is not a coincidence that these hate crimes come in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders that effectively ban citizens (whether refugees or not) from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States, at least for the next 90 days. They also subject Muslims with valid US visas or permanent residence status, to extreme vetting before being allowed into the US. The executive orders of Trump are emblematic of the blatant racist and right-wing extremism, which is slowly becoming mainstream in the US and parts of Europe.
Trump’s rhetoric and policies violate the dignity and freedom of movement of people, especially those from Muslim-majority countries. More worrying is that the implementation of these anti-Muslim and racist policies will not only embolden the hate mongering of Islamophobes as we have already seen, but will also do little to mitigate the fomenting of Muslim extremism globally. The Islamophobic profiling of Muslims feeds into the simplistic Muslim extremist narrative of groups such as ISIS, who claim the West is intent on destroying Islam and so Muslims must fight back to preserve their dignity and faith.
We call on peace and justice-loving people in North America and all over the world to continue to raise their voices against hate and prejudice and to use this lamentable moment in world history as a turning point to build a more compassionate and just world order.
We pray for the repose of souls of the victims and extend our sincere condolences to their loved ones.
Jaamia Galant (Secretary) and Imam Dr. Rashied Omar
OBO CMRM Board