SFU praised for response to alleged Islamophobic incident in which person urinated in interfaith and prayer space

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      It seems that not a day goes by without another news story involving racism and hate in Canada.

      Today, the National Council of Canadian Muslims issued a news release thanking Simon Fraser University for its response to a shocking incident of Islamophobia at the Surrey campus.

      According to the NCCM, a person urinated in front of a Muslim student in an interfaith and prayer space in early June.

      The perpetrator also allegedly used an Islamophobic slur.

      “We welcomed the opportunity to work constructively with the SFU administration after this incident to address Islamophobia on campus,” NCCM executive director Mustafa Farooq said. “While the attack itself was disgusting and made students feel unsafe, we are happy to see the University take this so seriously, and to take steps to keep SFU safe, welcoming, and inclusive.”

      SFU has promised. among other things, to prepare a report with recommendations to ensure that people who visit interfaith and prayer spaces remain safe.

      “This disgusting incident reflects the fact that Islamophobia is on the rise and it needs to be tackled," SFU Muslim Students Association president Ahmed Khan said in the news release. "We are grateful that SFU has listened to our concerns and has taken the appropriate steps to address the incident.”

      The SFU MSA has been in existence for more than 40 years.