Vandalism of Waterloo Masjid
|Waterloo Masjid is cooperating with the local authorities in their investigation. We hope the Muslim community will maintain patience in this difficult time, and we pray that the perpetrators of this act are apprehended promptly and brought to justice insha'Allah. If you have any information or tip regarding this incident, please call 519-653-7700 ext. 3331 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.|
-Police probing possible hate crime, Cherri Greeno,The Record
-Senseless vandalism or hate crime, Nadia Matos, CTV News
-Hate Crime, Charlotte Parkhill, Waterloo Chronicle
Press Releases from Organizations:
UWaterloo-Muslim Students' Association (UW-MSA), Mar 20th
Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC), Mar 20th
Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), Mar 22nd
Waterloo Masjid would like to thank the following organizations for their letters of support:
-Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region
-Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, WLU
-Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
-Mennonite Central Committee Ontario
|CTV Coverage of Waterloo Masjid Vandalism|
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MSWC condemns the vandalism of Waterloo Mosque
Friday, March 19th, 2010 12:10pm
-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-
(Waterloo, Canada - March 19th, 2010) - The Muslim Society of Wellington Counties (MSWC) condemns today's act of vandalism on the local Waterloo Mosque. The MSWC calls on the Waterloo Police to ensure this incident is investigated as swiftly as possible as a hate crime and that the perpetrators are brought to justice.
This repetitive targeting of Canadian mosques is an issue that needs to be dealt in a matter of urgency by the respective authorities. Mosques in Hamilton and Montreal have been targeted in a similar manner with bricks being thrown through windows and graffiti painted on the mosque walls. In Waterloo Masjid's case, offensive pentagonal symbols and '666' signs were spray-painted on the walls, and the windows were smashed into in the women's prayer area. The Muslim community is deeply saddened to witness the destruction and vandalism of their local mosque especially on a Friday where all Muslims of the community gather together every week for their congregational Friday prayers.
The defacement of any place of worship is deeply offensive and hurtful, and such acts of vandalism and violence are not tolerable in any civilized society. MSWC calls on our local politicians and security officials to stand firm against such hate crimes and bring the criminals responsible to justice.
MSWC also urges patience for the local Kitchener-Waterloo Muslim population in this time of difficulty and encourages the strengthening of relations with our neighbours and building bridges of understanding and tolerance among Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
MSWC looks forward to cooperating with the local police in this urgent matter.
If you have any information regarding this incident, please call 519-653-7700 ext. 3331 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Waterloo Masjid Public Relations
Posted below are some pictures of the defacement of the Waterloo Masjid:
Graffiti and broken window at the brothers' entrance.
Another set of graffiti.
Graffiti on the door of the brothers' entrance.
Graffiti on the brothers' main entrance and side door.
Graffiti at the brother's main entrance.
Graffiti at the sisters' entrance.
Broken window on sisters' side.
Graffiti on the sister's side entrance (right) and the washing room for the deceased (left), along with another broken window into the sisters' area.
Graffiti says: 'Death to you all'