BWG Council offered their support and condolences to the local Muslim community on Friday evening after the terrorist attack in London, Ont. last week that killed four, injured oneabout 17 hours ago By: BradfordToday Staff
On Friday evening, Mayor Rob Keffer and members of council paid a visit to the Ahmadiyya Community at their mosque on 10th Sideroad in Bradford to offer their support and condolences after the hate-motivated attack on a Muslim family in London, Ont. last week.
A family of five including a mother, father, son, daughter, and grandmother were struck by a truck driven by a 20-year-old male, killing all but the nine-year-old boy.
Police say it was a hate-motivated terrorist attack that was planned and the family was targeted because of their Muslim faith.
We thought it very important that we went to the Ahmadiya Muslim Centre in BWG to express our sorrow and sympathy and say hate crimes have no place in Canadian society,” said Mayor Keffer. “We were all shaken by what happened in London Ontario, and as a community, we have to work on ensuring we are welcoming, knowledgeable and appreciative of our neighbours.”
“It is very important for public to know that the leadership team of this municipality is not afraid to speak up against racism and assure our Muslim community that we stand with them at this time of need,” added Coun. Raj Sandhu. “We all feel sad, angry and hurt by this act of racism that took the lives of innocent people and took away the family from a nine-year-old child.”
Presidents of the Ahmadiyya Muslm Jama’at Bradford Chapter, Jamil Ahmad and Khalid Khokhar were grateful for the visit from council. Coun. Sandhu had arranged the visit after speaking with their National President Lal Khan Malik.
“Our members wish to thank you for your love of humanity, during this hour of deep grief for Muslims and for our country. We deeply appreciate your support and empowering words at this difficult time for Canadians and Muslims alike. We are grateful for leaders and friends like you at this time of sorrow,” said Ahmad.
He said the attack on the Muslim family of five is a crude reminder that there is still hatred on the basis of faith here in Canada. “As Ahmadi Muslims, we find that the solution to this hatred lies in creating this realization that we humans are all siblings, born of the same parents. The colour of our skin or the difference of our faiths do not make us adversaries. We remain brothers and sisters. The solution lies in each of us believing that we are all equal and we all have the same aspirations for peace and enjoyable mutual acceptance.
We should all believe in: ‘Love for all, Hatred for none’, which is the motto for our community,” said Ahmad. “Canada is a country known for its multi-culturalism and strong values of religious freedom. We must ensure that we stand united and stand together with love and tolerance. Let us raise our community’s slogan of love for all, hatred for none, to emphasize the equality of all human beings.” Coun. Sandhu reminded that one person’s actions is not a reflection of the majority, and that most Canadians are welcoming and embrace diversity. Deputy Mayor Leduc, Councillors Peter Ferragine, Mark Contios, Ron Orr, and Gary Lamb also thanked the members of the Ahmadiyya community for the opportunity to visit them and personally extend their condolences and reiterated their commitment to standing up to racism. The mayor and Coun. Jonathan Scott also stopped by the Bradford Islamic Community Centre on Friday afternoon to give their condolences and offer support.