A certain Majdi who wishes to keep his surname anonymous found a severed pig’s head in the washroom of a mosque at an Australian University. He said he was getting ready for his regular prayers around 12:30 on Sunday at University of Western Australia when he made the gruesome find which he promptly reported to the authorities.
The 31-year-old PhD student said the room, located on campus, is used mostly by Muslims for their ablutions – the traditional washing of hands and feet before performing prayers.
‘At first, I thought it was a human’s head because I didn’t have my glasses on,’ Majdi said. ‘But I had a second look and realised it was a dead pig’s head. It was shocking to see something like that, especially in a clean area. There was blood on the animal. I guess it is a message of threat as we, Muslims, do not eat pork. It was not a good start to the day.’
Pigs are considered unclean by Muslims, who are forbidden from eating them.
According to a spokesman for the University of Western Australia, the matter has been reported to police for investigation.
‘It is concerning that people using the UWA Muslim prayer room have been targeted this way. We would like to reinforce that UWA strives to support a culturally inclusive and tolerant campus community and the University will offer help and support to our Muslim students at this time.’
On Sunday, Majdi posted shocking images of the incident on social media.
‘Everyone has been very supportive. We’ve received supportive messages around Australia from all walks of life,’ he told DMA. ‘But we need to be more alert about what has happened to protect the community. If you have any issues or misunderstandings, I’m sure the Muslim community are happy to talk to them. All Muslims are opened to discussions and move any issues forward. We’re here to build our future together. ‘
The incident comes about a year after worshippers found a pig’s head at a mosque’s courtyard in Wallsend in Newcastle’s western suburbs of NSW.