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The Ilford Islamic Centre, located on Albert Road in London was the site of a premeditated Islamophobic attack on visiting worshippers this week.

The centre’s secretary, Mr Ahmed Nahwaz, went on to say that, ‘It’s a shame, but we’re used to it.’

This assault consisted of several men in a white estate car threw eggs and other paraphernalia were thrown at Muslims who were approaching the mosque for prayers. It is believed that one of the individuals was a white bald male.

With the surrounding community, remaining strong in the aftermath, the still lies a feeling of weariness in the air as such incidents are not uncommon.

The occurrence was met with condemnation by the local politicians such as MP Sam Tarry who called for the men responsible to be brought to justice. Such events, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been receding but this incident highlights that it remains important for people to remain wary of such situations.

According to the Federation of Redbridge Muslim Organizations, the authorities were very supportive and the five individuals who were attacked are, thankfully, not seriously injured. However, there also remains an unaddressed issue of why such incidents are not more widely reported in the general media.

The Muslim communities of London are well underway with their observance of the holy month of Ramadan and staying strong during these events as a community. During this period the Muslim communities will spend a period of their day fasting and will likely visit their local mosques for prayers.

Such incidences can spur on further attacks and the Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman stated, that the police will, ‘take all reports of hate crime very seriously and have launched an investigation.’

The public is asked to come forward with any information regarding the individuals involved in this incident so that the assailants may be apprehended.

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