RCMP re­as­sures the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties of BC their con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to the safety of the pub­lic

The Miracle - - Local - Pho­to­graphs and re­port cour­tesy By ALAMEENPOST.COM

On Jan 31st, Key Mus­lim Com­mu­nity mem­bers were invited at RCMP “E” Division Head­quar­ters at 14200 Green Tim­bers Way, Sur­rey, for a meet­ing be­tween the RCMP and com­mu­nity lead­ers. The meet­ing was a re­sult from the un­for­tu­nate Ter­ror­ist Mosque Shoot­ing on Sun­day at Que­bec City Is­lamic cul­tural cen­tre where 6 peo­ple died as mar­tyrs and sev­eral other wor­shipers were wounded. Mr. Jim R.D. Gre­sham, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner and mem­bers of RCMP se­nior man­age­ment team took the op­por­tu­nity to meet with key mem­bers of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing Imams and cul­tural cen­tre lead­ers from BCMA, Pak­istan Canada As­so­ci­a­tion, Az Zahra Is­lamic Cen­ter, Ah­madiyya Jama’at in Delta and Al Ih­san ed­u­ca­tional foun­da­tion in Sur­rey. The pur­pose of this meet­ing was to re­as­sure the com­mu­ni­ties of the con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to the safety of the pub­lic. Dur­ing this im­por­tant meet- ing, the mem­bers ad­dressed com­mu­nity Se­cu­rity con­cerns around the tragic event in Que­bec and im­pli­ca­tions to the Mus­lim com­mu­nity in Bri­tish Columbia. The par­tic­i­pants also dis­cussed Ed­u­ca­tion and some aware­ness and outreach ini­tia­tives as well as tips key to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and pre­ven­tion of po­ten­tial in­ci­dents were dis­cussed. Mr. Gre­sham as­sured the com­mu­nity lead­ers say­ing that, “at the mo­ment there are no sig­nif­i­cant terror re­lated sus­pi­cions that they are aware of in BC.”The BC Mus­lim As­so­ci­a­tion was truly thank­ful to the RCMP and Van­cou­ver and Delta Po­lice Depart­ment for their over­whelm­ing sup­port, lead­er­ship and direc­tion at the most crit­i­cal time. Br Daud Is­mail, Pres­i­dent of the BCMA said, “We are, in­deed, grate­ful and very ap­pre­cia­tive of their ef­forts and would like to say “THANK YOU” to all di­vi­sions on be­half of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity of Bri­tish Columbia.” Br Ha­roon Khan on be­half of the board and trustees of the Pak­istan Canada As­so­ci­a­tion - Al Jamia Masjid Van­cou­ver said, “we were heart­ened by the en­gage­ment of the RCMP with a wide cross sec­tion of the Is­lamic com­mu­nity here in the lower main­land. Our en­tire com­mu­nity re­mains vig­i­lant and af­firm to never close our doors to our friends and neigh­bours of ev­ery cul­ture and re­li­gion. We will never give in to fear and in­tim­i­da­tion. Our faith strength­ens us in good times and bad.”

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