Why did I go to a church?


I had been a churchgoer for years before I came to Canada.

It had become my religion and my place of worship.

And then a few weeks ago, I became aware of a new mosque in downtown Toronto, and suddenly, all of that changed.

I began to see a pattern: a pattern that continued until a week ago.

In my research into mosques in Canada, I came across a number of similar instances where mosque members, congregants, or members of the congregation were the targets of hate crimes, or attacked for being Muslim.

In the weeks following, I began hearing similar stories from Muslims in Toronto.

I soon found myself thinking about how I felt, and how I was feeling.

My own experience has me questioning why my faith is being used against me.

A mosque is a place of prayer, worship, and fellowship.

For Muslims in Canada it is a sacred place where Muslims are accepted and protected.

But the mosque has become a place for hate crimes.

“I had been worshipping at a mosque in Toronto for a number years,” said Mohamed Shukri, a Somali refugee and member of the Muslim Community Council of Canada (MCCC).

“When I first arrived in Canada I was a Christian.

When I came here, I was just happy to be a Muslim.

I was very proud to be Muslim, and I was proud to have a place in Canada.

I thought it was a great thing.

I knew that Islam had given me so much and I wanted to contribute to the country.

But then I began thinking about the hate crime statistics.

I thought it’s an alarming situation and I didn’t want to have to talk to people about it.”

Shukrie says the MCCC is currently in contact with the Toronto Police Service and other law enforcement agencies in an effort to find out what happened to the man who was allegedly attacked and assaulted at a Mississauga mosque.

This is a mosque and we have the right to be there.

-Mohamed Shukrian, MCCC member, Mississauga, Ont.

Shukri said the mosque is not immune to hate crimes because it has a Muslim community, and it is the home of the Canadian Islamic Congress.

But he said it is important to point out that he is not speaking for the MCAC.

“[I’m] speaking about the people of this community,” Shukriansaid.

“We’re speaking about their religious beliefs, and they are the ones who are supposed to be protecting us, and that’s what I want to focus on.

The MCCC believes the MCCA is not responsible for what happens at its mosques, and the MCMCC condemns acts of violence and hate crimes against Muslims.

But in the last few weeks, Shukria told CBC News, he has received hate mail and death threats.

While he is pleased that he has found peace at home, Shukshow fears his mosque could be targeted for hate crime, and he has even been receiving hate mail from a woman who believes he should be killed.

At the MCACC mosque, a message is posted on its walls: “We are not a religion.

We are a community.

We welcome you and welcome you here.

We ask you to come to our house and pray.

“At times, Shuyi is worried the MCCCC will be targeted by members of other mosques who may see him as a threat to their cause.”

The hate crime investigation is ongoing. “

I just feel like it’s a way to be rid of us.”

The hate crime investigation is ongoing.

For now, Shugri has decided to stay in Mississauga.

But Shukrio said he feels like the hate is not just directed at him.

“This is not about me.

It’s about us, so we have to be careful,” Shuyshow said.

He is hopeful that his Muslim community can work together to fight hate crimes and prevent more people from becoming victims.

“As long as I have my faith, I don’t feel unsafe at all.

I have a lot to say about this, but this is my faith,” Shuyili said.

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