A mosque in Edmonton’s Ottewell neighbourhood was vandalized with a swastika on Tuesday and police are investigating, says the Imam.
Imam Nasir Butt of the Baitul Hadi Mosque said members of the congregation were saddened to learn the place of worship was targeted with a symbol of hate, painted in red on the side of the building. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada condemned the vandalism in a news release Tuesday evening, saying the organization is deeply troubled and concerned.
Butt said the Muslim community is still grieving the allegedly hate-motivated, fatal attack on a London, Ont., family just nine days previous. The family is believed to have been targeted because they are Muslim.
“Because of that incident, they feel fear when they are going out, but at the same time we believe that many people, they showed the love and affection also empathy (to us),” he said in an interview.
“We don’t know what (the suspect’s) notion to do (the graffiti), but that’s very sad for our community. Our Muslim community always promotes love and affection, love for all, hatred for none — that’s our slogan.”
Butt said he called police shortly after finding out about the graffiti Tuesday morning and officers were on the scene late Tuesday evening.
Butt said a police officer told him there have been other similar incidents in the neighbourhood.
Edmonton police did not respond to a request for comment late Tuesday.