Terror struck in Canada again

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By Mahmoud El-Yousseph
Terror struck in Canada again. This time is in Toronto, the most ethnically diverse city in the world, with 51.6% of the population classified as visible minorities (as of the 2016 census). I never thought that a city as diverse as Toronto that embraces every newcomer with open arms and a warm heart could be nurturing such a hatred deep down.
Yesterday, Sunday, July 22, 2018, two people are dead and 14 others injured after a man fired a handgun into a busy Toronto street filled with restaurants and cafes before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders has named Faisal Hussain, 28, of Toronto as the alleged shooter.

On January 29, 2017, a white university student named Alexandre Bissonnette carried out a massacre at Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center during evening prayer, killing six worshipers and injuring eight more. Prime Minister Justin Thrudeu called the shooting a “terrorist attack on Muslims.”

On April 23, 2018, a 25-year-old Alek Minassian mowed down a crowd of innocent people in Toronto, Canada, killing 10 and injuring 16 more.

I have to confess that when I heard the news yesterday about the attack in Toronto, I hoped and prayed the culprit is not Muslim or has a Middle Eastern connection. There is no doubt in my mind that Muslim haters in the US and Canada were crossing their fingers that the terrorists who committed this crime is named Mohammad or Abdul. Some people now blame Canada’s immigration policy and religious diversity for Toronto’s attack, but the very same people remained lip-tied when the victims of previous terrorist attacks were Muslims or if the perpetrators happened to be non-Muslims.

That begs the question, why do people blame Islam and Muslims when an individual Muslim commits a crime?. However, when others commit a crime, be they Christians, Jews, vegetarians, or devil worshipers, their religion is never mentioned.
Killing innocent people you never met is pure evil! Regrettably, that is exactly what the 28-year-old Toronto man did yesterday, leaving 2 dead and 14 injured behind. Muslims are commanded by the Qur’an to do good and avoid evil. As a Muslim, my heart goes out to the victims and survivors and their families.

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