Peel Regional Police are confident they have a motive for a crime described as “hate-motivated” after widely circulated video showed a woman appear to be tearing off pages of a Koran and putting the pages on cars while calling the religious text “Satanic.” At the Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre, near Highways 403 and 401, just after 5 p.m. on Thursday last week.
The video was apparently up on the Never Again Canada website briefly before being taken down. In it, a woman who identifies herself as Sandra Solomon said she made it her mission to visit mosques “to educate as many as we can people about the true face of Islam and insisted she wanted to ultimately have the Koran branded as “hate literature.”
And she also added she was visiting mosques and talking to Imams.
Peel Regional Police are aware of three similar incidents which have all occurred on Thursday.
Meanwhile the police would like to speak with any witnesses and to review any video surveillance of the alleged incidents.
Currently there are no charges made over the incident.
“We need to target the Imams. They are the ones, they are the ones who need to be targeted,” she said.
“This is where the Koran belongs — Satanic, evil book,” she said while putting another page and flyer under a windshield wiper.
Solomon could then be seen inside the lobby of the Islamic centre before the camera focuses on a room where several people could be seen praying. The camera cuts back to her sifting through various religious books on display and calling the books “garbage.” Solomon said she is a proud former Muslim who converted to Christianity.
Solomon asked multiple times of people inside the centre to speak with the Imam while being asked to leave. This occurred as the person filming the video was ushered toward the door.
As she was directed toward the exit, Solomon said, “I’m going to expose Islam to the world and I’m not afraid, I’m not a coward, like your Imam – he’s a coward.”
While walking off the property, Solomon continued to question aloud the men who were praying.
“What prayers? Which God you worship? You worship Satan,” she said.
Meanwhile Canadian politicians can be counted upon to react strongly to this outrage. First among them is MP Navdeep Bains who represents the Mississauga-Malton riding where the mosque is located.
“As a Canadian citizen and Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Malton, I am shocked by the news of this aggressive intrusion in a peaceful place of worship, the Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre, which is located in my constituency of Mississauga-Malton.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, I strongly denounce the actions that took place at the Islamic Centre and condemn all forms of Islamophobia and religious ?discrimination.
In Canada, freedom of religion is a constitutional right, guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which explicitly allows believers the freedom to assemble and worship without interference.
This regrettable incident reminds us all of the importance to uphold the core values of the Canadian society:? freedom, equality, openness and inclusion.
These principles unite us and make us stronger as a country.
I am proud to represent the people of Mississauga-Malton and I will always stand up for the rights of my constituents and all Canadians.”
Meanwhile Never Again Canada expressed support for Solomon.
“Sandra Solomon has been portrayed in the news as a hate monger. Sandra was of victim of rape and other horrible things while living under sharia law. Sandra Solomon is a survivor and she lives to tell her story. Never Again Canada gives a voice to the voiceless,” the post reads. – CINEWS