Scarborough gathering will commemorate one-year anniversary of anti-Muslim attack in London, Ont.

Islamic Relief Canada and the National Council of Canadian Muslims will commemorate the one-year anniversary of an anti-Muslim attack in London, Ont., which killed four members of a Pakistani Canadian family. The gathering will take place in Scarborough at Thomson Memorial Park, Sunday, June 5, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Walks and vigils will be held all across Canada to remember the Afzaal family and to remind the community that Islamophobia is still an ongoing problem in Canada, said the news release issued jointly by the two organizations.

On June 6, 2021, the Afzaal family were taking an evening walk in the Hyde Park area when a man slammed his truck into the family, killing four, and leaving the family’s youngest son and lone survivor, Fayez, severely injured.

“It is important for all Canadians to remember the lives of Talal Afzaal, Salman Afzaal, Madiha Salman, and Yumna Afzaal. We can’t afford to lose anymore family members to hate,” said Reyhana Patel, director of communications and government relations at Islamic Relief Canada (IRC). She is a contributing writer to the report, “In Their Words — Untold Stories of Islamophobia in Canada.”

“I encourage everyone to read the report IRC came out with earlier this year that tells the very personal stories of the devastating effects Islamophobia has, and continues to have on Canadian Muslims,” Patel said in the news release.

Attendees of the event are encouraged to wear green and purple ribbons, the official symbol of remembrance of the Afzaal family.

You can read the IRC report on Islamophobia here.

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