A UK Muslim family say they have been forced to move from their home after offensive graffiti and a cross wrapped in ham were left outside their house.
BBC Murad Alam, 39, said his wife and two sons, aged eight and 10, had moved out of their home in Bingham, Nottinghamshire, to a “safe” place. (Like Pakistan?)
Mr Alam said he had found his son plotting escape routes on his computer after the “horrific” attacks last year. (US Dept. of Homeland Security considering confiscating all ham and pork products from American citizens) “My wife and children also had names called at them in the street,” he said. “The first incident was when the big, wooden cross, wrapped in ham, fell into the house after a knock at the door,” said Mr Alam.
“The kids have been abused a number of times; the eldest had smoke blown in his face by an elderly local gentleman.” Offensive graffiti was also painted on the path outside the family home. “It really annoys me that they should use a cross and try and turn this into a religious argument,” said Mr Alam.
“My family were terrified from the very first incident; my wife had never experienced racism, neither had my kids. (What race is Islam?) “In fact I had to explain to my children what racism even was, because they’re so young they didn’t understand the concept that someone could dislike you because of your religion.” (What race is Islam?) Nottinghamshire Police said a 13-year-old boy had been arrested in connection with the attacks but he was later released without charge.
Fiyaz Mughal, director of Tell Mama, a national service that records and analyses anti-Muslim attacks, said: “This is one of a number of cases that we have seen where the anti-Muslim prejudice has had a shocking impact on the wider family as a whole.