Unlike several European countries, Canada is not wary of Muslim refugees.
In fact, more refugees became citizens of the North American country than any other last year, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
While the Trudeau administration’s efforts to accommodate migrants from war zones are indeed commendable, more often than not these efforts overshadow Canada’s growing anti-Muslim sentiment.
In what is being called the latest incident “in a string of incidents pointing to a rising tide of Islamophobia,” a pig's head was left outside a Quebec City mosque.
The Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City posted two photos of the gruesome package that was wrapped in cellophane and ribbons like a present. It was accompanied by a card reading "bon appétit."
Pigs are considered unclean according to Islamic teaching and the consumption of pork is forbidden in the religion. Also, the head was delivered at a time when Muslims across the world are observing the holy month of Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset.
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Haroun Bouazzi, co-president of the Association of Muslims and Arabs for a Secular Quebec, said there's a "real fear toward places of religious worship in our society.”
Referring to Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume’s recent comments about Montreal mosques becoming hotbeds of radicalization, Bouazzi added, "Politicians play on those fears, unfortunately.”
Mohamed Yangui, the center's president, called the incident a hate crime. He also claimed the four mosques in Quebec City are targeted about once a year.
However, he was positive that these were isolated incidents and that the perpetrator would be caught.
"We love everyone. We have no problem with anyone and we respect people,” Yangui said. “We hope it's mutual. And we are always here to give the image of the good Muslim to all Quebecers.”
“We have high-definition cameras," Yangui added. "We will certainly find the person who did this."