Assalamu Alaikum Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As you know, Six Muslims were murdered on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 while praying in a mosque in Quebec City, Canada. 17 others are injured including, five who are in critical condition. Two were arrested after they attacked the masjid after Isha prayers. One has been released, as he was Muslim and innocent.
This is the 5th attack on a mosque in North America this month and the second that weekend.
Prime Minister Justice Trudue called it a terrorist attack. Several world and all local leaders have condemned it.
Please note the following points at this difficult time:
Let us always be polite but firm with patience.
Muslims are the number one victims of war-terrorism nexus. In their joint report— Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the 'War on Terror—Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival, and the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, concluded that at least 1.3 million lives were lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan alone since September 11, 2001. However, the report notes, this is a conservative estimate, and the total number killed in the three countries "could also be in excess of 2 million. The report does not include other countries targeted by U.S.-led war, including Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Syria, and beyond. This war-terror nexus is responsible for 65 million refugees in the world as life in at least seven countries is devastated. A struggle for freedom, democracy, and the rights of self-determination is also partly responsible for the high human cost. Every life is sacred. Let us everything possible to save every life.
Take every threat seriously and pursue it thoroughly. This Quebec mosque had received a pig head in the past. And the flyers against the mosque and Muslims were distributed in the mosque neighborhood.
Do not take law in hand. Let us always be law abiding people, but report every suspicious incident.
Let us be engaged in the community for social justice and social mercy.
Learn from African-American struggle. Black History Month in February provides a great opportunity to learn from the African-American struggle for freedom against the racist laws and the ongoing struggle for criminal justice reforms.
Abu Noman Tarek