On January 29th, 2017, six Muslims were murdered at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City, Canada.
Six people were killed including Ibrahima Barry (aged 39), Mamadou Tanou Barry (aged 42), Khaled Belkacemi (aged 60), Aboubaker Thabti (aged 44), Abdelkrim Hassane (aged 41) and Azzedine Soufiane (aged 57)
The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) and Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), both organizations based in Quebec, Canada, have launched a campaign asking the Government of Canada to designate January 29th as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia and other forms of religious discrimination.
The Centre culturel islamique de Québec (CCIQ) Memorial Award was established at McGill University in order to provide two awards of $1,200 each, given annually to two students enrolled in any McGill degree program and in good academic standing.
Alexandre Bissonnette, who killed 6 men at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec on January 29th, 2017, has pled guilty to six counts of first degree murder.
Superior Court Justice François Huot read the names of those who were killed by Bissonnette, who plead guilty to first degree murder for their deaths: Azzeddine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Abdelkrim Hassane and Boubaker Thabti.
Justice Hout then read the names of those who survived being shot by Bissonnette, Aymen Derbali, Said Akjour, Said El Amari, Nizar Ghali and Mohamed Khabar. Bissonette plead guilty to the attempted murder of these men.
Justice Hout then read the names of 35 other people, including four children, who were present in the mosque at the time. Bissonette admitted that it was his intention to murder all of those present at the mosque that night.
Shaykh Daood Butt will be speaking at this year’s I.LEAD Conference on Saturday, March 17. To purchase tickets, click here.
Muslim Link interviewed him about the theme of this year’s conference and the lessons he has learned from working closely with the Muslim community of Quebec City after the tragic mosque shooting that left six men dead, and several injured.
Muslim Link partnered with Inspirit Foundation, a national, grant-making organization that supports young people aged 18 to 30 in building a more inclusive and pluralist Canada, to commemorate the first anniversary of the Quebec Mosque attack by bringing together young Muslims from across Canada to share short reflections on Muslim idenity in Canada and/or how they are working to resist Islamophobia.
Liberal MPP Dr. Shafiq Qaadri (Etobicoke North) intends to file a motion on the first day of the Legislature’s spring sitting on February 20th, 2018, to proclaim January 29th a Day of Remembrance and Action against Islamophobia in the province of Ontario.