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News Right Now: Crushed by Hate
Welcome to today’s episode of News Right Now – Crushed By Hate
On the evening of June 6th, a Muslim family of five from Ontario, Canada, were driven into as they took to their daily walks, leaving only one survivor, the young nine year old son. The government, the police and many others have openly admitted and stated that this was purely motivated by anti-Muslim hate. The fact that they were visibly Muslim was the ONLY factor enough to cruelly run into the family with the intent to seriously harm if not kill them all. Just like we saw in 2017, Quebec City massacre, when a man shot dead six Muslims and seriously injuring a dozen in the Masjid, it was hate filled terrorism then and its hate filled terrorism now!
This attack undoubtedly has sent shivers and fear to the Muslim community in Canada just as it did four years ago with Quebec. It can’t be denied that Muslims have been singled out as a target for hatred time after time. Islamophobia in Canada has definitely been on the rise and verbal and physical incidents have become more common. During the pandemic alone, we have seen an increase in hate crimes against Muslims in general, be it vandalizing and attacking Masjids in Toronto, a Muslim woman wearing the Hijab being repeatedly punched, and Muslims being verbally attacked in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, London and elsewhere. Last week in Calgary, a sister wearing hijab at a train station was shoved and had her hijab pulled, while the culprit was said to be mentally ill!
The Prime Minister, governmental leaders, heads of organisations and many others have all labelled this as a terrorist attack and stressed such hate is not tolerable in Canadian community. “To the Muslim community in London and to Muslims across the country, know that we stand with you,” PM Trudeau said in a statement. “Islamophobia has no place in any of our communities. This hate is insidious and despicable — and it must stop.”
However, it is easy to condemn open murder in the streets, but these very politicians and leaders who have voiced support for Muslims today are the very same politicians and leaders who are behind policies which negatively impact Muslims. Like:
-Bill C-51 legislation – which is designed to surveil and intimidate the Muslim community in particular.
-Bill 21, Quebec’s hijab ban law - laws forbidding Muslims from wearing a Niqab during voting or taking an oath ceremony
-Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act – demonizing Muslim Values when it comes to marriage.
These policies require the dehumanization of Muslims. So, should we be surprised when people swallow this hate and act upon it? The self-serving nature of the western political class is to be expected. After all, these are the individuals and institutions that have risen to the top of the capitalist system in which we live. The system which nurtures individualism and self-interest and ultimately breeds white supremacy, white nationalism, and xenophobia.
Today the Canadian government and their media institutes draws in the sympathy support from the loss of the Muslim family – May Allah (swt) shower them with his mercy. However, they simultaneously smear thousands of Muslim protestors as violent and anti-Semitic for daring to march against the inhumane acts of the Zionist entity. They label Muslims extreme and radical for calling them out in their oppressive foreign policies. They threaten the Muslim reporters with damage to their careers for wanting to report things as they really are! We remind ourselves that our protection is in the control of Allah (swt) and him alone. Therefore the Muslim communities across the world can and will only be safe when the rules and systems are re-established based upon His (swt) eternal principles. Our beloved Messenger SAW tells us:
«إِنَّمَا الْإِمَامُ جُنَّةٌ يُقَاتَلُ مِنْ وَرَائِهِ وَيُتَّقَى بِهِ فَإِنْ أَمَرَ بِتَقْوَى اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَعَدَلَ كَانَ لَهُ بِذَلِكَ أَجْرٌ وَإِنْ يَأْمُرْ بِغَيْرِهِ كَانَ عَلَيْهِ مِنْهُ»
“Only the Imam is a shield, behind whom you fight and you protect yourself with” [Muslim]
May Allah (swt) hasten the return of our shield and protect the Muslims worldwide. Ameen
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