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Ahmed Mustapha, Alberta Muslim, Shocked To Find Islamophobic Note On Car

02/02/2017 07:51 EST

An Edmonton man says he's shocked by an Islamophobic note left on his car Tuesday morning.

Ahmed Mustapha, 27, had already been on edge over discrimination against Muslims, he told The Huffington Post Canada. The handwritten note, which told him to move his car and called him a "Muzlem," has him even more worried.

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"Can't just tie up your camel anywhere over here...," reads the note. "Adapt or go back."

"Obviously, there's a different message behind [the note], not just moving my car," Mustapha said. "It didn't need to have hateful comments in here."

The Edmonton man cited a 2015 North Carolina shooting that left three Muslim students dead, and allegedly began over a parking dispute.

"Three Muslims in the states got shot over a parking spot," he said, explaining why the note is worrisome.

"I just didn't think that that would be happening here in Canada, especially in my neighbourhood so close to home."

It was later discovered that the shooter, Craig Stephen Hicks, had posted anti-Muslim messages on Facebook.

Mustapha said he finds Tuesday's incident difficult to believe.

"I just didn't think that that would be happening here in Canada, especially in my neighbourhood so close to home," he told CBC News.

The note has been reported to Edmonton police who will meet with Mustapha on Wednesday.

Islamophobic incidents in Edmonton

Edmonton police have recently dealt with other incidents of anti-Islam messages. In December last year, they released surveillance video of a man leaving Islamophobic flyers outside homes.

Some flyers read "I hate gays, thinks Islam."

Edmonton Police Service also launched an Islamophobia hotline alongside the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council in April 2016 to help those dealing with discrimination.

"We'll consider it successful when we don't get any calls," Mustafa Farooq of the council said at the time.

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