The Baitul Kareem Mosque in Cambridge has been “severely vandalized” in an “act of hate,” with damages exceeding tens of thousands of dollars, including stolen property, says the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada community.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Waterloo Region police were called to the mosque to investigate the attack, and collected evidence at the scene, as cited in a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
The perpetrators targeted Islamic literature and destroyed dozens of boxes filled with books and flyers, says a Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada news release, issued on Thursday.
National president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada, Lal Khan Malik says that he was deeply troubled to learn of the attack. “Our mosques have always served as symbols of peace in the community, and it is hurtful for us to see our mosque attacked and vandalized in this fashion,” said Khan Malik.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada has heightened security measures at its mosques and prayer centres across the country, says the release.
In a statement, the Coalition of Muslim Women-KW said that they “strongly condemn the hate attack” on the Baitul Kareem Mosque.
“This cowardly act comes only days after an Imam’s family was attacked in Hamilton by a man in Cambridge. The CMW stands by the members and worshippers of the Baitul Kareem mosque and offers unconditional support to them to get through this very traumatizing period. Please contact the CMW hate reporting tool for discreet and confidential one-on-one victim supports at www.reportinghate.ca or call/text 519-722-2449,” it says.
Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry said via Twitter that the act was “horrific” and “shameful” and that “this hatred has no place in our community.”
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This is horrific & shameful. #Cbridge, this hatred has no place in our community. We all need to take a lesson from the @BaitulKareem Mosque & lead with love for all, hatred for none. I am both saddened & angered. Let’s stand strong w/ our friends at @BaitulKareem & help rebuild. https://t.co/fZTiVDcJZh— Kathryn McGarry (@Kathryn_McGarry) July 15, 2021