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Calgary Police confirms attempted attack on Muslim association chairperson’s house


Muslim Council of Calgary Foundation(MCC) issued a press release on October 5 with regards to an attempt to burn the house of their newly elected chairperson at the end of September.

Mostafa Hassan and his family were at their home Thursday night when they heard loud banging on their door, according to the organization’s spokesperson Junaid Mahoon.

Disturbed by the commotion, they approached the door and found it “almost cracked open,” Mahoon said. When they opened the door, they found a jerry can of gasoline sitting on the doorstep, Mahoon said. Moreover, they could smell gasoline in the air.

Mahoon said the family feared that someone was trying to set their home on fire.

Calgary Police was called immediately. Al-Harndulillah by Allah SVVT's grace everything was put to control and no harm came to the family due to timely intervention.

The MCCF does not know who is behind the incident but said, ``We suspect that it is a hate driven act on the family.

 We denounce this attack as it goes against everything we stand for as Muslims and law abiding community members of our society. A cowardly attack on an individual's home is completely unacceptable. We are a community that respects our brothers and sisters and respect the sanctity of one's home.

We are very disappointed as a Muslim organization that there are such individuals, and we ask you brothers and sisters to not follow hate and misguidance.``

Calgary Police has collected evidence and MCCF expects the culprits to be brought to justice and held accountable for their actions.

Acting Insp. Sarah Roe confirmed police were called to the home in northwest Calgary just after 10:50 p.m. on Thursday to investigate a property damage complaint related to the broken door.

The MCCF is asking the whole community and other minorities to remain calm and vigilant until investigations are complete.