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Markaz ul Islam Hosts Open House to Remember Quebec Mosque Shooting Victims

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Fort McMurray showed up to remember the victims of the Quebec Mosque terror attack. Over 100 residents attended Markaz ul Islam, the Islamic Centre of Fort McMurray’s fourth annual Meet Your Muslim Neighbours open house, which commemorated the January 29, 2017 shooting killing six and injuring several others.

Markaz volunteers and attendees wore green squares to highlight the Green Square Campaign, an awareness and fundraising initiative to support the widows and 17 children of the men killed in the heinous attack. The green square symbolises the green carpet of the Quebec City mosque. It was started by the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec (CCIQ), National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and Islamic Relief Canada. Over $5800 were raised at the event for the campaign.

Guests, which included, Mayor Don Scott, MLA Laila Goodridge, and Councillors Krista Balsom and Sheila Lalonde (also Deputy Mayor), were treated to cultural food from around the world. Various booths featured henna tattoos, people getting their names written in Arabic Calligraphy, as well as Islamic books and information available free of charge.

“This is a fantastic event for our community, which shows we come together to fight hate in all forms,” noted MLA Laila Goodridge.

“Our multicultural nature is one of the gems that Wood Buffalo possesses. The Mosque being able to open their doors welcoming all in is just amazing,” she added.

Naseem Abdo, event lead volunteer thanked everyone for attending, and emphasized how diversity is our strength.

“This is what makes us a strong community. Thanks for showing up. We are honoured. We remember Fort McMurray’s response when the Quebec attacks happened. It left us nervous, but then hundreds circled our Mosque in solidarity and protection. We remember that and this is why we continue to host this open house to bring everyone together,” Abdo noted.

This is what makes Fort McMurray home – we stand together – always.

Visit to donate, and learn more about the campaign.


Kiran is a national award-winning communications specialist, freelance journalist, and social media consultant. She loves telling community stories, and is a strong advocate for inclusion, diversity, women’s rights, and multiculturalism. Got story ideas? Contact her via Twitter: @KiranMK0822.