The Federal Government Has Designated January 29th as the National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against IslamophobiaWritten by National Council of Canadian Muslims
A year ago, I sat with Aymen Derbali at the third anniversary of the Quebec City Mosque shooting.
Aymen is a Canadian hero - a man who was paralyzed in his effort to protect his community when the Quebec City mosque shooter broke into the Quebec City Mosque (CCIQ) on January 29, 2017, and opened fire.
I promised myself that day, sitting beside him, that I would never forget.
I made the same promise the night I went to the IMO, on the night that our brother Mohamed-Aslim Zafis was slain on September 12, 2020.
[On January 28th], something important happened.
[On January 28th], the federal government designated January 29th as a National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia.
The designation of the day is something NCCM has been advocating for since the Quebec City Mosque massacre took place.
We continued to advocate for it this month (alongside so many other Canadians and members of our community), and have been in constant communication with elected officials and others in working to make sure this day was recognized.
[Today] is a day for remembrance.
[Today] is a day to reflect.
[Today] is a day when we remember to stand together - and never to forget.
For those of you who want to join in the national vigil hosted by the Quebec City Mosque alongside Islamic Relief Canada and us tomorrow, join us at 6:30 pm [tonight] for an address from our federal leaders.
For those of you who want to send a letter thanking the Prime Minister for designating the Day, and to encourage action be taken to protect Canadian Muslims, click here.
Mustafa Farooq, CEO, National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)