Elham Asaad Buaas
A Belfast Muslim was left distressed when his home was daubed with sick Islamophobic graffiti on January 16.
Adil Sadar and his brother Asim say they were left badly shaken by the slur which insulted Allah, but added they know it’s not indicative of their community in Donegore Gardens.
Adil said he and his brother keep to themselves and he believed the attackers were reacting to recent terrorist attacks around the world which have included the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.
Asim said his car windows had been smashed in the past.
“It should not be happening, it is very unpleasant,” he said. “I don’t know who is responsible but there are often groups of young people hanging around drinking and doing drugs. I hope the police find out who did this.
“I will stay here for now but if things like this continue to happen and if I feel uncomfortable then I will think about moving.”
Ulster Unionist Councillor for the area Bill Manwarring said he suspected the attack was a result of recent events in Paris and further afield.
“This sort of incident is shocking. Intolerance like this leads to violence and aggression. There is no justification for such hatred. It frustrates me that bigots like this can create such a fear-factor in communities,” he said.
Sinn Fein’s Matt Garrett said the attack was “despicable and cowardly”, adding that those responsible should “hang their heads in shame”.
In June Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson was forced to make a public apology over controversial remarks about Islam.
The Democratic Unionist Party leader sparked a storm of criticism after publicly backing the evangelical protestant preacher, Pastor James McConnell, who on May 18 attacked Islam as a “doctrine spawned in hell” and said he did not trust Muslims.
On May 25, Robinson said he too would not trust Muslims for spiritual guidance but would trust them to “go down the shops”.