Statement on Senseless Attach of Worshippers at the Islamic Culture Centre of Quebec
January 30, 2017.
Islamic Society of Kingston joins in grieving for those killed in the senseless attack of worshipers at the Islamic Culture Centre of Québec
The Islamic Society of Kingston extends its condolences to the families of those worshipers killed in a senseless attack at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Québec. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajeoon. Verily to God we come and to God we return. We pray for those whose lives have been taken, the many individuals who were injured and their loved ones and community that God grant them strength and patience during this difficult time. We commend the Québec government and law enforcement officials for their quick action in apprehending two of the attackers.
As integral members of the Canadian community, we call on our fellow citizens to stand together against those who have committed these hate crimes, in particular, as well as all acts of bigotry, intimidation, violence and terror, be it on the schoolyard, campuses, places of worship etc. For our Sisters and Brothers in the Muslim community who are experiencing acts of Islamophobia, we ask you to reach out for support, and to please report these acts of hate. If we do not make our fellow citizens aware of these incidents, we cannot work together to solve the problems.
We live in a community of a diverse humanity, and our differences should be a source by which our community is enriched, not as a source of hatred leading to violence. Every soul has the right to live free from violence, harassment or intimidation. The Islamic Society of Kingston stands with all our fellow citizens in condemning hate and violence in any form. We would also like to extend our appreciation to all the messages of support that we have received from the community-at-large. Let us reaffirm our commitment to live together in peace and reject blaming any community, culture or religion for these murderous hate crimes. This tragedy binds us together as a Canadian community; let us stand together to reject those who try to divide us and join together as a nation of peace and mutual respect.
Imam Sheharyar Shaikh: 613-484-0174 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mona Rahman (Education Coordinator): 613-331-4148 / email@example.com