Justice for Zakariyah Al Jabbar, a six year old slaughtered in Medina, Saudi Arabia

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I could not agree more with Martin Luther King Jr. when he says, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." 

A 6-year old child- Zakariyah Al-Jabbar, was slaughtered and beheaded in Medina - Saudi Arabia by a taxi driver in front of his mother just because he found out they were Shia. The reason of this cold blood murder was his mother sent blessings on Mohammad(pbuh) and his progeny when she entered the car.

Zakariyah Al-Jabbar was in a taxi with his mother on their way to the shrine of Prophet Muhammad in Medina when the driver stopped the car and forced the boy out. He dragged him to an area near a coffee shop in the Al-Tilal neighborhood, before smashing a glass bottle, reports TMV. The report said the taxi driver slit his throat with a shard of glass before stabbing him repeatedly as both his mother and a nearby police officer attempted to stop the brutal attack.

Till now there has been no word on arrests and actions against the perpetrators of this heinous act.

(https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thesun.co.uk/news/8385307/broken-glass-beheaded-mother-saudi-arabia/amp/

This event is a continuation of atrocities against the Shia muslims. We ask that:

1- The perpetrators be brought to justice along with those who witnessed this crime but still remained quiet; and 

2- All hate material (promoting sectarian division) be banned from the Holy lands (Mecca and Medina), and all muslims sects be given the freedom to practice their religion.

Left unchecked, such senseless acts of violence will continue to grow, and pilgrims to Mecca and Medina will be killed in the streets of the Holy Land without any repercussions. The hate material that is distributed in these holy lands, and the hate speeches that have become commonplace in the Holy cities have the power to brainwash the ordinary people such that they will carry out acts of violence against those whose religious beliefs differ from theirs. Unfortunately, the "authorities" not only defend such criminals and turn a blind eye towards them, but the also support the extremist mentality. According to some estimates, over 30 Million pilgrims will be visiting the Holy lands by 2030 from almost every country of the world. If minority sects are not safe and free to practice, they will be automatically segregated through out pilgrimage.

This is against the fundamental rights of humanity and Islam. It is against what the Canada stands for. We have all seen what religious extremism can do (ISIS). We cannot allow such atrocities in the Holy Land of Mecca and Medina for the sake of millions of pilgrims from the Canada, US, EU, Muslim world and other places.

What if this was your child slaughtered in the Holy City, 1000s of miles away from home, because he/she was a minority?

Please sign this petition. This is the time to act before it is too late! Staying quiet at this moment will embolden those who are responsible for  bombardment of the Yemeni children and violation of basic human rights of minorities in their own country.


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