Support is rallying around an Edmonton-area mosque that had a red swastika painted on the back of the building sometime Tuesday night. The vandalism was discovered by worshippers Tuesday and the police are investigating.
"I'm absolutely appalled to see that Baitul Hadi Mosque Edmonton has been vandalized with a vile symbol of hatred. Whether you worship on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or not at all, you should feel safe in your community. We must do better," MP Tim Uppal wrote on Twitter.
"It was not a good feeling that a symbol of hate was painted on our wall — at a mosque, which is usually a place of worship, a place of gathering," Humayun Ahmed told Global News on Tuesday night. "Canada is a great country. It promotes multiculturalism," he continued. "It’s a country that is famous for its message of peace and inclusion, but this event has shaken us a bit." "This could happen to any place of worship," he said, saying he offers support for other churches and synagogues as well.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Canada's largest muslim community put out a statement saying they are "deeply concerned to learn that Baitul Hadi Mosque Edmonton was vandalized with a Swastika sign. While healing from the grief of the attack on an innocent Muslim family in London, the congregation is saddened to see this symbol of hatred on their mosque."
Police have not released a statement on the incident but the Baitul Hadi Mosque says an investigation is underway.