First Anniversary of Quebec Mosque Mass Shooting
(Calgary) The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada (ISCC) and Muslims Against Terrorism (MAT) will be holding FATEHA Programs (remembrance services) across the country to remember the victims of last year’s Quebec Mosque mass shooting. The Quebec City mosque shooting occurred on the evening of January 29, 2017, at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. Six worshippers were killed, and nineteen others injured when a lone gunman, Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire just before 8:00 pm, shortly after the end of evening prayers. Fifty-three people were reported present at the time of the shooting. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Philippe Couillard called the shooting a terrorist attack, but Quebec Police charged Bissonnette with six counts of first-degree murder. ISCC and MAT requesting all peace-loving people of all faiths or no faith to remember the victims of Quebec Mosque mass shooting and stand against hate, terrorism and Islamophobia. All ISCC affiliated mosques and Islamic Centres will be holding FATEHA (remembrance services) programs across the country. “All Canadians must unite against all forms of hate including Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-Christians, anti-religious freedom, etc.”, said Imam Syed Soharwardy today in Calgary.