The entire Muslim community in Canada is devastated, shocked and heart broken at the massacre of a Muslim family in London, Ontario.
The family of five were out for an evening walk when the 20 year old terrorist, Nathaniel Veltman, who preplanned this horrible crime, drove up on the curb to run them over. Four members of the Muslim family were killed and one survived.
The fifth victim is a nine year old boy, who is in the hospital with serious injuries. Our hearts go out to him and for the terrible loss and trauma he has faced. We send our deepest condolences to him and his family. We pray to Allah to give him shifa and give sabar to the family and friends of the deceased. Inna lillahay wa Inna Ilayhay Rajaoon.
This appears to be a mindless act of terrorism but was unfortunately preplanned by an Islamophobe who let hatred get the better of him and committed this heinous crime.
We strongly condemn this act and openly voice our concerns for the safety of our community. In these challenging times, it is horrible to feel that a walk outside our houses can trigger a deadly attack. We need to unite and come together as a community and comfort and support each other.
We echo the call by our friends at the National Council of Canadian Muslims in asking all Canadians to change their social media profile pictures to the image of the Green Ribbon Against Islamophobia, and using the hashtag #OurLondonFamily.
We are ready to face any trials and tribulations that come from being a Muslim and our faith in Allah will make us stronger Insha Allah. May Allah keep us and our families safe from harm and remove the fear from our hearts. May Allah make us strong and resilient in the face of adversity. Let us remember Allah and forget our fear. Allah is the master planner and the biggest protector.
We thank the Prime Minister, government officials, media outlets and various others in swiftly condemning this act and supporting the Muslim community.
We stand with #OurLondonFamily.
We grieve for #OurLondonFamily.
We pray for #OurLondonFamily.
Photo: Mural painted by 15 year old Yumna Afzal for her School.