QUEBEC – An interfaith prayer service will be held at Kitchener City Hall in Canada on January 29 to commemorate the second anniversary of the victims of the terrorist shooting attack at Quebec Mosque, Kitchener Today reported.
“We’ll remember the victims, reaffirm our commitment to protect all faith communities and share our concerns regarding Islamophobia,” organizer Sarah Shafiq said in a press release.
The vigil is being organized by the Coalition of Muslim Women, Islamic Humanitarian Service, Interfaith Grand River, Islamic Centre of Cambridge as well as other Canadian partners.
Shafiq continued that “at the same time, we want to celebrate the support we received from the wider community after the shooting. Such actions push back the darkness of hate and intolerance.”
Remarkably, there will also be a call at the local service to designate January 29 as a National Day of Action Against Hate and Intolerance in Quebec, Canada.
The Islamophobic terrorist attack led to six Muslim Canadians killed and 19 were hurt when a Canadian lone gunman terrorist opened fire at a mosque in Quebec City on the evening of January 29, 2017.
In spite of the terrorist attack, the Muslim Canadian community organized the first-ever ‘Visit My Mosque Day’ in Canada on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
According to Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey, there were 1,053,945 Muslims in Canada, or about 3.2% of the population, making Islam the second largest religion in the country after Christianity.
In fact, Muslim Canadians don’t form a ghetto minority group of closed circles. On the contrary, Muslims are one of the most sociable, cooperative and supportive religious populations in Canada.
Just a few weeks ago in 2018, a Canadian mosque in Toronto dished out its milestone 15,000th meal as part of its soup kitchen and meal delivery service on December 2.
Moreover, several Islamic centers and mosques in the North American country provided aid and charity as well as societal initiatives for the needy of the Canadian society during the past Christmas and winter vacation at the end of December 2018.