Daughter of murdered father leads new campaign

The daughter of a Muslim man who was murdered as he walked home from Isha prayers at a Birmingham mosque is launching a campaign calling for the government to adopt an official definition of Islamophobia.

Mohammed Saleem, 82, was killed in April 2013 by Pavlo Lapshyn, who later planted three bombs outside mosques in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton.

Saleem’s daughter Maz Saleem is launching a campaign called #IAmMohammedSaleem to highlight Islamophobic hate crimes and pressure the government.

She urges people to post short videos and testimonies on social media throughout April to speak out against Islamophobia.

Lapshyn was convicted at the Old Bailey in October 2013 of Saleem’s murder, causing an explosion with intent to endanger life and engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts. He was sentenced to a minimum term of 40 years.

Lapshyn killed Saleem just five days after arriving in the UK from Ukraine as a qualified engineer on a 12-month work placement at a company in the Small Heath area of Birmingham.

In his sentencing remarks at the Old Bailey, Mr Justice Sweeney told Lapshyn: “You clearly held extreme rightwing, white supremacist views.” He added about Saleem’s murder: “The offence was committed in the course of a series of acts of terrorism.” Maz Saleem has said she wants her father’s murder itself to be recognised as an act of terror.

Maz Saleem said of her father’s murder: “This was one of the biggest acts of terrorism on UK soil. Yet to this day, most people have no idea about this case. Whenever terror-related headlines reach our screens, they are often about those who identify with the Muslim faith; rarely do we hear of the merciless violence of the white supremacists who took my father’s life.”

FUND HONEST INDEPENDENT MUSLIM JOURNALISM

Donate today and help us tell the stories that matter. Together we can make a difference

Donate today and help us tell the stories that matter.
Together we can make a difference

The mainstream media has been justifying genocide in Gaza. Islamophobia and censorship are the norm. We're changing that. Our journalism has reached over 300M impressions on social media since October 7th. On TV, our rolling news coverage has featured key figures like Husam Zomlot, Avi Shlaim, Gideon Levy and Jeremy Corbyn.

We need your support to reveal the truth and ensure our voices are heard. Donate today.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

TOP STORIES

RELATED STORIES

DONATE TO GOOD CAUSES
THIS DHUL HIJJAH

DONATE TO GOOD
CAUSES THIS DHUL HIJJAH

Give your
zakat and
sadaqah
to trusted charities.

Give your zakat and sadaqah to trusted charities.

Our 100% donation policy means every penny goes directly to your favourite charities.

Automate your donations over the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah and make the most of these blessed days

CONTACT INFORMATION

Islam Channel
Media House
428-432 Ley Street
London
IG2 7BS

+(44) 207 374 4511