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ICQ Statement Regarding Attacks in New Zealand

The Islamic Center of Quebec and the Canadian Muslim community at large is profoundly saddened by the horrifying terrorist attacks that occurred in two Mosques in New Zealand. This attack claimed the lives of scores of innocent and peaceful worshippers, men, women and young children, and injured numerous others. Our condolences are with the families of those that were lost and we pray for the recovery of the many injured.

This brazen attack, its method, planning and live-streaming has shaken us deeply here in Canada. It runs against the core values we hold as a nation, indeed as humans. At this time we must unite and stand together across communities, against racism, Islamophobia and violence anywhere. We appreciate the strong words of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, its government and all other world leaders who have spoken loud and clearly about this attack. We appreciate the statement of our Prime Minister, Mr. Justin Trudeau as well.

This attack comes at a time of increasing violence and hate. We would like to take this moment to call on the media and politicians across the world to reflect on the role they might play in enticing and circulating hateful rhetoric. Inflammatory discourse brings direct harm and violence to minority communities. Religious banning proposals as well, directly feed hate and racism that can cause lives to be lost as they were in New Zealand. Legislation is urgently needed to tackle Islamophobia and hate speech, including in online forums.

We need to be doing more than simply condemning and make statements at this point. There is an urgent need to take action to combat hate and discrimination everywhere in the world, including here in Canada.

We pray to almighty Allah to bring peace and harmony to everyone, all over the world.

Imam Syed Fida Bukhari
Islamic Center of Quebec
Montreal, QC


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