Halifax Muslims warned to be vigilant about safety

Adam Esse is Imam at the Nova Scotia Islamic Community Centre and says security is the main concern for him these days. (CBC)

The Muslim community in Halifax is reminding its members to be mindful of their safety in the wake of events in Quebec and Ottawa last week that saw two soldiers killed in two separate attacks.

Eight Muslim leaders released a joint statement on Tuesday condemning all terrorist attacks, in particular the shooting last week on Parliament Hill.

“On behalf of Canadian Muslims in Nova Scotia, our mosques in Halifax and its surroundings, we will address the Muslim community members to stand shoulder to shoulder with their Canadian colleagues and give assurances that we are united today more than ever and should not be intimidated or scared by the actions of a few criminals,” said the statement.

“We also advise to our fellow Canadian Muslims to be vigilant for their safety.”

The statement goes on to ask that efforts are strengthened to protect Muslim institutions from vandalism or attacks by others.

Adam Esse, the imam at the Nova Scotia Islamic Community Centre, said security is at the top of his mind these days. Cameras have been ordered for the Bedford property and until they’re installed, he intends to make sure all the windows and doors are locked.

Esse said the recent radicalism has put all Muslims at risk, including “the Islamic institutions or the ladies who have veils that have covered themselves, or the youngsters who are going to Islamic school and have the Islamic uniform or the elderly.”

He also warned his own members not to walk alone at night…