GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – The Islamic Association of Grande Prairie and District is disturbed to the wake of the terrorist attack on the Islamic Cultural Center of Québec City on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The troubled incident left six worshippers dead and eight wounded. On behalf IAGPD and the Muslim community in Grande Prairie and surrounding, our hearts goes out to the victims, their families and friends. We pray to Allah (God) to strengthen and showers them with blessings, patience and endurance to deal with their ordeals. We pray to Him to provide the injured ones with fast recoveries and return to their loved ones. We stand in solidarity with them and we grieve with all Canadians do in this terrible moment.
“Terrorism, radicalism and violence has no religion, no race and does not represent a country,” said Mr. Mohamud Issa, Imam of the Islamic Association of Grande Prairie and District.
Our local Muslim community is shocked and saddened by this act of unjustifiable violence against innocent people as it goes against the Canadian values and our peaceful and tolerant religion.
We would also like to point out our gratefulness to the full support that has been very visible by the local Grande Prairie community during this tragedy. Lastly, IAGPD would like to send a special thanks to Mayor Bill Given, Donnan McKenna, Grande Prairie RCMP Superintendent, elected officials and the representatives of law enforcement for coming down and showing their full support and wellness to help us overcome such a difficult time.
We know that this attack was based on intolerance and ignorance and we know that our country is not immune against hatred and violence but we also know that we can defeat it by standing together and by spreading love and tolerance among us. Together as Canadians, we shall stand against any act of violence and we must teach our children that love is stronger than hate.
Note: Visitors who would like to show their support are more than welcome to come by during the week between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. To set up interviews and media coverage, please contact Mr. Mohammad Haidar, Communications Officer, at the Islamic Association of Grande Prairie and District, at 780-830-6422.
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