Response to Attack on Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec:
We wish to reproduce the following press release issued by the London Muslim community in response to Sunday's events:
We join our country in mourning for those who were killed as a result of a terrorist attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec on Sunday night, when an armed gunman attacked worshippers performing evening prayers. We offer our deepest support to the families of these victims, and to those injured in the attack.
This attack comes at a time when Muslims have felt particularly vulnerable to hatred. We have seen an increase in extremist right wing groups in North America, including in Canada, and a corresponding increase in Islamophobia and xenophobia here and abroad. Sunday’s tragedy serves as a poignant reminder that we must confront the evils of hatred and intolerance head-on and remain strong against those who wish to divide our Canadian family. We are reminded that an attack on one is an attack on us all.
We call on the authorities in Quebec to quickly investigate and resolve this matter, bringing the perpetrator of such senseless violence to justice. We also express our concern over the increase of hateful rhetoric targeting Muslims in our society and urge all Canadians to report every instance of hate crime and hate speech to the proper authorities.
The inhumanity and cowardice of the terrorist who attacked innocent Canadians engaged in worship is beyond reason or comprehension. We chose instead to focus on the outpouring of compassion in the hours and days following the attack and have drawn great comfort from the messages of condolences and support from our elected officials, our police forces, and our community. We have heard our fellow Canadians continue to reaffirm their commitment to an inclusive and safe Canada for all Canadians, irrespective of faith.
Terror is a tool of the weak meant to divide. In the face of such tactics, we must redouble our efforts to work together as one community to eradicate hatred and ensure prosperity and safety for all.
(Original release by Hikma London)