A Muslim man says he was stabbed and had his beard cut by assailants as they yelled about his religious clothing in an unprovoked attack.
Muhammad Kashif said he was attacked in an alley early Friday morning in Saskatoon, Canada. He said he was near his parked car when another car drove up behind him.
“They attacked… on my back with a knife or something,” Kashif told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “Using F-word and saying ‘Why you are here? We don’t like you are Muslim, why are you wearing this dress?'”
“And then one guy held my hands and the other guy cut my beard,” he added.
He eventually flagged down a car driving by and had the driver call authorities. Kashif was taken to a local hospital where he received 14 stitches to close the wound on his arm and police came to take a statement from him.
Kashif said he recognized one of the attackers as someone who had previously verbally abused him.
“I am 12 years old when I came to this country and they are telling me, ‘why you are here?'” he told CBC. “Why do they have to cut my beard?”
The attack comes just less than a month after a driver mounted a sidewalk in London, Ontario, and plowed into a Muslim Canadian family, killing four and injuring one.
Following the deadly attack, Canadian lawmakers passed a motion demanding the government convene for an emergency summit on Islamophobia in the country.
“Islamophobia has no place in any of our communities. This hate is insidious and despicable and it must stop,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted shortly after the London incident.
Hate crimes against Canadian Muslims have been on the rise in recent years. According to information from Statistics Canada, there were 191 anti-Muslim attacks in 2019, a nine percent increase from the previous year.