Calgarians mourn Muslim family killed in Ontario hate-motivated attack
Leaders from multiple faith groups in Calgary showed their solidarity with the Muslim community, speaking about uniting against hate at the vigil.
“This is not a Muslim issue. This is a Canadian issue. This is a human issue,” said Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.
Muslims are not asking for any special treatment; they are asking for equal treatment, “like any other Canadian,” Soharwardy said.
“How many lives have to be taken by these white supremacist hatemongers?” he said.
This isn’t the first time people have needed to gather to condemn Islamophobia, said Riyaz Khawaja, spokesperson for the Hussaini Association of Calgary. The vigil is about showing solidarity and promoting peace and harmony, he said.
“We want to tell them that we are with you. You are in our hearts,” Khawaja said.
Rabbi Mark Glickman of Calgary’s Temple B’nai Tikvah said it simply: “When you attack one of us, you attack us all.”