Alarming rise in Islamophobic incidents

Since 1st August 2015


21st August 2015

Muhsin Khan succumbs to fatal injuries – Rotherham attack 10 days earlier.

20th August 2015

The Lancashire Telegraph reports, ‘Two men attending a mosque have reported being hit by an air rifle pellets in Nelson. The first incident happened shortly before 9.30pm on Sunday when a 58-year-old man was hit in the back of his head as he was getting into his car on a car park on Brunswick Street.’

19th August 2015

The Manchester Evening News reports, ‘A Muslim nurse was viciously beaten by a gang in a daylight street attack.Qaiser Hamid, 37, was set upon by up to nine yobs while he was shopping in Stockport town centre on Friday. A teenage girl shouted about his facial hair and racially abused him before her male friends began punching him in the face.  Qaiser, who was standing outside Jake Shoes on Princes Street, needed hospital treatment for cuts and bruising to his face including a deep gash to the nose.

11th August 2015

The Star reports, ‘Shocked relatives of a pensioner left critically injured in an attack on a Rotherham street said he is a ‘gentle and unconfrontational’ grandfather. The 81-year-old, with four children and 12 grandchildren, was on his way to morning prayers when he was found slumped on the ground with serious head injuries on Fitzwilliam Road, East Dene, at 5.25am yesterday.  Detectives believe the vulnerable victim was attacked between 3am and 4am and fear they could have been dealing with a murder.’


1st August 2015

The East London Mosque has been the butt of grave insinuations in an article in the Mail on Sunday (MoS).  It alleged – in cleverly phrased language – that the ELM has a hand in the flight of young girls in Tower Hamlets to Daesh: ‘…But now it is claimed [sic] that Sharmeena was first radicalised inside the East London Mosque, Whitechapel, allegedly by women from a group called Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE). She then allegedly groomed three friends to join her at the meetings…The MoS has been told [sic] … she (Sharmeena) She encouraged her three friends to attend meetings at the East London Mosque…Mr Uddin (father) was careful not to blame the mosque or groups within it for his daughter’s radicalisation, but his brother-in-law said the rest of the family blamed the IFE’s women’s group for poisoning the young girl’s mind…’

If the father was not blaming the mosque, why the damaging insinuations?



For a full inventory of Islamophobic incidents reported in the media, click here.