Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Following reports of an Islamophobic attack on Zahra Kazemi Saleh - a female Muslim student - the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS) condemns the assault and calls on the government and society as a whole to acknowledge the severity of anti-Muslim abuse and work towards eradicating this evil. Miss Saleh sustained facial injuries after she was beaten by four women for refusing to remove her headscarf. The attack comes shortly after an Imam at an East London Mosque was hit and injured by a brick after youths vandalised the Mosque. It also comes exactly a year after the former vice-president of FOSIS, Abida Malik, and her husband were assaulted on a train heading towards Nottingham and were victims of Islamophobic abuse.
1. FOSIS (est. 1963) is the umbrella organisation of student groups in colleges and universities throughout the UK and Ireland, representing over 90,000 Muslim students.