Coalition urges governments to fight Islamophobia in wake of mosque shootings

OTTAWA – A coalition of Canadian Muslim organizations is calling for all levels of government to combat Islamophobia in the wake of the shootings at a Quebec mosque.
Among other things, the group wants better training for police, mandatory anti-racism education in schools and for Parliament to declare Jan. 29 a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia.
That’s the day a shooter opened fire in a Quebec City mosque and killed six people.

Ihsaan Gardee of the National Council of Canadian Muslims says the Muslim community felt embraced by the outpouring of support in the wake of the shooting.
He says the question now is how to move forward and ensure lessons are learned from the tragedy.
Gardee says he hopes the recommendations will produce concrete action that will help stamp out hate.

Hamilton Muslim leaders to meet with police, increase security after Quebec attack

Rally scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday as messages of solidarity and shock fill social media


Hamilton Muslim leaders are grappling with how to keep their communities safe in the wake of the attack that killed six people during evening prayers at a mosque in Quebec City.

Imam Sayed Tora, leader of the Hamilton Downtown Mosque, said members of the Muslim community will be meeting with the deputy chief of the Hamilton Police Service Monday afternoon.

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Today at Foley Square in Manhattan, the New York Immigration Coalition, Majlis Al Shura: The Islamic Leadership Council of Greater NY, and the Interfaith Clergy of New York City held a special interfaith rally and Jummah prayer to stand with New York’s Muslim and immigrant communities facing anti-immigrant and Islamophobic attacks by the Federal government.

Jummah prayer is a congregational prayer (ṣalāt) that Muslims hold every Friday. The action was conducted in anticipation of executive orders that President Trump signed today that ban entry to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries and halt refugees from being admitted for at least 120 days, among other directives. The executive orders were signed at 4:30pm this afternoon.

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Suddenly, Muslims are America’s pariahs

Officers ‘just following orders’, confused children, fearful parents: with Trump’s vile ban, Islamophobia has finally burst its banks


Within minutes of Donald Trump signing his executive order banning the entry of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, the horror stories started coming through. Sudanese friends and relatives, some of whom had lived their entire lives in the United States, some who were in the air as the order was signed, found themselves prevented from entering the country.

Some were turned back from boarding their flights, others were handcuffed in airports, patted down and interrogated on their political beliefs. Mothers, fathers, children, students, employees suddenly found that the unthinkable had happened. They had been banned from returning to their jobs and studies, to their families and homes because they were Muslims.

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2 Arrested, 6 Killed in Deadly Quebec Mosque Shooting

Incidents of Islamophobia have increased in Quebec in recent years amid a political debate over banning the niqab.


Two people were arrested in the aftermath of the deadly shooting of a Quebec City mosque that left six people dead in the eastern Canadian province, but authorities announced Monday that only one is considered a suspect.

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‘No ban, no wall!’ Rally for Muslim and immigrant rights draws 3000 in New York

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Just a day after newly-sworn President Donald Trump vowed to make good on his campaign promises to build a US-Mexico border wall and ban Muslim immigrants, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of New York organized an “emergency rally for Muslim and Immigrant Rights.”

More than 3,000 people gathered in Washington Square Park last night in a show of solidarity with Muslim and immigrant American communities. “This is the fight we’ve all been waiting for and it’s here,” Murad Awawdeh, political engagement director at the New York Immigration Coalition, said, adding, “Trump puts America’s immigrants at risk.”

Awawdeh then lead a chant of “no ban, no wall, this is our New York!”

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Victoria Islamic Center destroyed by fire


An early-morning fire Saturday destroyed a Texas mosque that was a target of hatred several years ago and experienced a burglary just a week ago.

A convenience store clerk spotted smoke and flames billowing from the Islamic Center of Victoria at around 2 a.m. and called the fire department.

“It’s sad to stand there and watch it collapse down, and the fire was so huge,” Shahid Hashmi, the Islamic center’s president, said. “It looks completely destroyed.”

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