On the night of April 29, 2013, retired grandfather Mohammad Salim was on his way home to pray at a local mosque in Little Heath, a Birmingham suburb.
At 72, he was using a walking stick.
Suddenly, 25-year-old Ukrainian PhD student Pavlo Lapshin stabbed the elderly man three times in the back with a hunting knife and killed him.
The body that had the most wounds had gone all the way.
In June and July, Lapshin, a white supremacist who, in his words, wanted to “increase racism”, set off a busy period by bombing three mosques outside the West Midlands – Friday congregation.
He was later arrested and convicted of all charges against him under the Explosives Act of 1883 and the Terrorism Act of 2006. He is currently being held in a UK prison for at least 40 years.
Just five days after arriving in the UK on a work visa, Lapshin’s brutal assassination of Selim devastated Britain’s Muslim community.
More than five thousand people attended his janaza.
But according to Salim’s daughter, Maz Salim, more needs to be done to recognize Islamophobia as a dangerous phenomenon.
He is now urging the UK government to formally recognize Islamophobia as a crime.
“We need to bring Islamophobia back to the table,” he told Al Jazeera. “Islamophobia is becoming longer [so-called] The fight against terrorism. Muslims attack for their appearance and dress.
Through her social media campaigns, she is urging people to post testimonials with their own experiences of Islamophobic crime and abuse.
“Mohammad Salim could be one of us. That’s why we invite people to share their experiences under the hashtag #IMMMohammadSalim. “
He also wants the UK to adopt an official legal definition of Islamophobia, hoping that his move will be stopped “once and for all”.
“Many of us need to regularly acknowledge the weight of racism that many of us feel every day.
“Islamophobic attacks do not happen in a vacuum. Individuals are encouraged to act against their hatred by government-approved anti-Muslim policies. If we want to stop it, we need to put a name to it.
“How can we deal with the rise of Islamophobia without a definition?”
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The campaign will run until April, the eighth anniversary of her father’s death.
Salim was the father of seven and grandfather at the age of 23.
He came to the UK from Pakistan in 1959 and helped rebuild the country after WW2.
“He will take a triple shift to the bakery to feed us all. She was a kind, beautiful and hardworking man who gave her daughters the ability to be politically aware and grateful to be home in the UK. ”
Maz Salim was the youngest of his children and had a strong bond with him.
“I remember when I got the phone call of his death. Its push still survives in me. It doesn’t go away, ”he said.
Lapshin was convicted by High Court Judge Mr. Justice Suvini.
“You clearly hold a right-wing white hegemonic view and you were incited to commit this crime by religious and racial hatred in the hope that you would provoke ethnic conflict and leave the area where Muslims lived,” Sweeney said. Punishment comments.
Misrepresentations of the attack have exacerbated the plight of the Salem family, Maz said.
“He (Lapshin) has not been identified as a terrorist in the mainstream media. They called him a mosque bomber, a killer or a far-right attacker. Never a terrorist. “
Tell the UK, according to official reports and the Hate Crime Monitor, anti-Muslim hatred has increased in recent years.
Yasmin Adam, a spokeswoman for Britain’s Muslim Council, said Islamophobia was defined by a side-parliament parliamentary party and that most political parties, with the exception of the ruling Conservatives, were “rooted in racism and racism” which targeted Islamism or perceived Islamism.
“This is one of the ultimate mistakes of our board of directors, which leads the fight against all forms of bigotry,” Adam said.