A few words from our Executive Director, Tabassum Wyne:
Inna lillahi wa inna illaihi rajeoon (To God we belong and to God, we return). On January 29, 2017 a senseless tragedy occurred where an armed man entered Quebec City’s Great Mosque and opened fire on worshippers. 6 people were killed and 19 were wounded. In a blink of an eye, 6 wives became widows and 17 children lost their fathers. Today, I woke up and made duaa (prayed) for all the lives lost and all the lives that continue to be impacted, four years later.
I am grateful to the Government of Canada for designating January 29th as the National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia. Though it may seem performative to some, in reality, it’s a HUGE deal that our Canadian government has taken this step to ensure that the tragedy that occurred in Quebec will not be forgotten and also designated it as a day of action against Islamophobia. Too many lives have been impacted by Islamophobia and this is a great measure to ensure dialogue continues.
Today, I am immensely proud of the Canadian Muslim community for the collective effort in advocating for this tragedy to be recognized nationally and for a day to be designated for action against Islamophobia. So many pillars in our community were there right from the start, leading the way and many others advocated for this, at their own times in their own ways. Thank you to each and everyone of you. May Allah swt continue to put barakah (blessings) in all of your work Ameen.
I am privileged to have had the opportunity to advocate for this at a federal level and I thank our Halton Members of Parliament for being great allies to the Canadian Muslim community. Thank you for standing up with us against Islamophobia.
Muslim Advisory Council of Canada