Muslims the Terrorists? A Timeline of Islamophobic Attacks Against Muslims in the Western World

March 16

Post the September 11 attack on World Trade center in 2001, which was allegedly perpetuated by Muslims, the world has grown in hatred for Muslims and this hatred is often referred to as ‘Islamophobia.’

The Kashmiriyat has made an effort to arrange the data from various countries of the world where Muslims have been attacked due to Islamophobia and have been targeted due to the growing hatred for Muslims and Islam.


On September 15 2001, Waqar Hasan, a 46-year-old Pakistani immigrant, was shot and killed inside of a grocery store in Dallas. Another victim, 28-year-old Raisuddin Bhuiyan was shot in the face while working on a convenience store. He was saved from brain damage, but lost sight of one of his eyes. The third victim, Vasudev Patel, 49, was gunned down in Mesquite, Texas on October 4, 2001. The perpetrator said his motive is “to avenge the United States on 9/11.

On September 15 again, In Arizona Mesa, Balbir Singh Sodhi, who wore a beard and a turban in accordance with his Sikh faith, was mistaken for an Arab Muslim.

On 12 July 2005 In England, A Muslim man, Kamal Raza Butt, was beaten to death outside a corner shop in by a gang of youths who shouted anti-Islamic abuse at him and called him “Taliban.”

10 March 2006, In the Preston city of England, The Jamia Masjid mosque was attacked by gangs of white youths using brick and concrete blocks. The youths damaged a number of cars outside the mosque and stabbed a 16-year-old Muslim teenager.

On January 14, 2007, A 26-year-old man of Yemeni ethnicity was physically assaulted by attackers who used a racist and anti-Muslim epithet during the incident. The victim was thrown to the ground, sustaining a fracture under one eye, a broken nose, and cuts requiring six stitches on his face and staples to the back of his head.

On 30 June 2007, In England’s Blackley, Ghulam Mustafa Naz, a Muslim religious teacher, was stabbed and beaten by four men. Police suggest that it was a hate crime.

3 July 2007, In Glasgow City of Scotland, A vehicle was driven into a store owned by a Muslim man named Ashfaq Ahmed. The driver attempted to set fire to the vehicle and threw a gas canister into the shop. The massive blast destroyed the store.

3 August 2007, In England’s Bradford, A mosque was seriously damaged in an arson attack.

On 9 August 2007, in London’s England, Assailants attacked the 58-year-old imam of the Central Mosque in Regent’s Park. The victim required emergency surgery on both eyes as a result.

September 16, 2007, Zohreh Assemi, an Iranian-American Muslim owner of a nail salon in Locust Valley, New York, was robbed, beaten, and called a “terrorist” in what authorities called a bias crime.

On February 9, 2008, The Islamic Center in Columbia was firebombed with Molotov cocktails by members of the right-wing extremist Christian Identity Movement.

On 22 August 2008, in England Hastings, Mohammed al-Majed, a 16-year-old student from Qatar, was beaten up outside a kebab shop. He succumbed to his wound 2 days later in hospital.

6 July 2009, In Scotland Glasgow, Scotland, The branch of Islamic Relief was badly damaged by a fire which police said was started deliberately, and which members of the Muslim community of Scotland allege was Islamophobic.

On 8 April 2010 , In England Nottingham, Abida Malik and Asif Ahmed were targeted by up to 20 men on a train. The attackers called the couple terrorists.

10 May 2010, In England Babworth, Inmates at Ranby Prison made a bomb intending to kill fellow Muslim prisoners. The inmates threw the bomb in the room where worshippers were in but a prison officer removed it from the facility, and disabled it before it went off.

On 9 June 2010, In London, England, A 13-year-old girl was burned and robbed in Grangewood Park by three teenagers who yelled anti-Muslim slurs.

July 2010–March 2011, The Dove World Outreach Center church planned to burn Qur’ans on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Despite warning from the military leadership in the Afghan War, Terry Jones, the pastor of the centre, said it would be “tragic” if anybody’s life was lost as a result of the planned Quran burning.

On August 25, 2010, A Taxi driver in New York was stabbed after a passenger asked if he was Muslim.

3 December 2010, At England Stoke-on-Trent,A mosque was filled with flammable gas in attempt to light it on fire. The police classified it as a “deliberate racist attack.”

January 24, 2011, A man was arrested and charged with terrorism after attempting to blow up the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan, which has large Arab-American and Muslim populations

On December 27, 2012, Sunando Sen, a 46-year-old Indian immigrant, was hit and killed by a subway train when a woman pushed him onto the track. The woman later told authorities that she hates Muslims and “ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.

March 16, 2014, A man gunned down Iraqi artist Hassan Alawsi in the parking lot of a Home Depot. Police suspect the shooter was motivated by “his dislike of people of Middle Eastern descent.”

On December 4, 2014, A Muslim Somali-American student at Staley High School was killed near the Kansas City Somali Center, a man intentionally rammed his car into him, knocking him into the air, and then ran over him, nearly severing his legs.

On April 10, 2015, A man spent months gathering weapons and plotting an assault on a Muslim hamlet in northern New York City.

On December 26, 2015, Amrik Singh Bal, a 68-year-old Sikh man, was beaten by someone who called him a “terrorist” assuming him to be a muslim.

June 29, 2016, A man shot at five Somali-Americans, wounding two of them. Witnesses later recounted that Sawina shouted Anti-Muslim expletives and stated he was going to “going to kill you all.”

July 19, 2016, Suthahar Subburaj, an Indian immigrant, was knocked unconscious outside an Indian restaurant by an assailant who shouted “ISIS… Get out of my country” as he beat him.

August 13, 2016 , Maulama Akonjee, a 55-year-old imam, and his assistant, 64-year-old Thara Uddin, was shot and killed while on their way home from Al-Furqan Jame Mosque in Ozone Park, Queens in New York.

August 18, 2016 , A Lebanese-American man was shot and killed on his porch in by an neighbor who regularly called him a “dirty muslim” and “Arab” despite him being Christian.

August 31, 2016 , Nazma Khanam, a Bangladeshi woman was fatally stabbed on a Queens sidewalk in New York.

On September 12, 2016 , A man set a mosque on fire in fear of another “Manhattan World Trade Center attack or Boston Bombing.

October 11, 2016, Three men monitored apartment blocks which were known to house Muslim refugees, stockpiled an arsenal of weapons, and planned to kill by detonating explosives in four trucks laden with ammonium nitrate.

October 20, 2016, Two mosques were damaged with graffiti swastikas and xenophobic slurs.

On November 10, 2016, Two Muslim women in Brooklyn were attacked while they were walking and pushing their children in strollers. The perpetrator, stated “This is the United States of America, you’re not supposed to be different from us” and to demanded they leave the country.

November 14, 2016, The Islamic Center of Owensboro has been vandalized for the second time in less than a year.

November 16, 2016, A student was beaten and choked by a teacher, ostensibly due to his religion in North Carolina Charlotte.

On November 25, 2016, A man attacked an Indian man sitting next to him at a bar after mistaking him for a Muslim at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

November 27, 2016, At Virginia Fairfax County, Virginia in USA, A man was beaten in a parking lot after someone yelled anti-Muslim slurs at him.

December 5, 2016, A Muslim New York City transit worker was pushed down the stairs at Grand Central Terminal by a man who called her a terrorist.

December 10, 2016, A Muslim worshipper was stabbed outside of a mosque. The perpetrator was charged with a hate crime.

December 17, 2016, a sign outside a Redmond mosque in Washington was vandalized for a second time in a month. The sign was first vandalized November 21.

December 18, 2016, A man chucked hot coffee at a Muslim woman, hit her and accused her of being a “terrorist” in a Midtown Dunkin Donuts. He was charged with a hate crime.

January 22, 2017, The windows of the Islamic Center of Davis in california were smashed. Police called it a hate crime.

On January 22, 2017, Burglary and attempted arson took place at a restaurant. Racist and derogatory comments, including the word “terrorist,” were written on the walls directed at the owners, who are Sikh. The episode happened in California Sacramento, California.

January 26, 2017, A man kicked a Muslim airline worker and told her “Trump is here now” and “he will get rid of all of you.”

February 1, 2017, Members of Roseville’s Tarbiya Institute arrived Wednesday morning to find a dozen different racial epithets spray painted on the building’s front and back.

February 11, 2017, In Columbus, Ohio, An Islamic Center was vandalized with graffiti that read “Allah is a fraud.”

February 23, 2017, A man shot and killed an Indian immigrant engineer he thought was Middle Eastern and wounded two others after shouting “get out of my country” and opening fire.

March 4, 2017, In Washington, A man shot and injured a Sikh after shouting “get out of my country.”

March 10, 2017, At Oregon, A man beat an Arab employee of Al Aqsa Restaurant with a pipe, yelling “go back to your country terrorist” and “get out of America”

On March 12, 2017, A Florida man who attempted to set fire to a convenience store told deputies that he assumed the owner was Muslim and that he wanted to “run the Arabs out of our country.” The sheriff later said the store owners are actually Indian.

March 26, 2017 Yosef Steynovitz was charged with assault with significant bodily injury, which is a felony, in connection with the beating of Kamal Nayfeh, a 55-year old Palestinian-American instructor at a community college in Charlotte, North Carolina.

April 11, 2017, A woman was beaten and stabbed by a man. Munjed Ahmad of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee concluded that “Nothing was stolen. There was no robbery. Her valuables remain with her. The only motive we can think of—because everything stayed with her and this individual went straight for her scarf is a hate crime.”[321] Unnamed man.

May 26, 2017, In Oregon, A man fatally stabbed two people and injured a third on a MAX Light Rail train, after he was confronted for reportedly “yelling a gamut of anti-Muslim and anti-everything slurs.”

August 5, 2017, Bomb detonated in the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington.

September 13, 2017, An Orthodox Jewish woman and her daughter were allegedly beaten up at a Queens subway station by a drunk who mistook them for Muslims.

On September 19, 2017, In Illinois, Five football players at a private U.S. Christian college were charged in connection with a hazing incident that allegedly included anti-Muslim taunts and left a student with injuries requiring surgeries.

Author: News Desk