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Northwest Islamic Centre target of vandalism

Smashed windows, thrown sign makes second Mosque targeted in Calgary

Muhammad Abbas also said hundreds of members of the northwest Mosque shovel snow in the neighbourhood in the winter months, so their connection to the neighbourhood is deep.

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Muhammad Abbas also said hundreds of members of the northwest Mosque shovel snow in the neighbourhood in the winter months, so their connection to the neighbourhood is deep.

Members of the Islamic Association of Northwest Calgary were shocked Saturday morning to find their front door smashed and a sign, indicating the Mosque was open during renovations, thrown in the parking lot.

The incident marks Calgary’s second targeted attack on Mosques in two weeks.

According to Muhammad Abbas, of the northwest Islamic Association, the Mosque has a great relationship with the community and the incident is likely an act of one or two individuals not from the neighbourhood.

Abbas said he is excited to move forward after the incident.

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Abbas said he is excited to move forward after the incident.

“The love and respect we get from the people is amazing and that’s the connection we certainly are proud of," he said."We're blessed that we're in this neighbourhood."

Abbas also said that there are likely some misconceptions and misunderstandings about Islam where he says it’s the job of the Muslim community to provide opportunities for people to educate and interact with the city at large.

As part of an effort to engage with the community, the Ranchlands Mosque will open it’s doors on Nov. 13 to invite Calgarians to taste multicultural food and gain first-hand experience of Muslim religious activities inside Islamic centres.

A previous attack on the Islamic Centre of South Calgary in Queensland, left the front door of the center smashed, a Quran burnt and a hateful letter to be found at the Mosque by members the morning of Oct. 7.

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