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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 greensquarecampaign.ca to donate, and learn more about the campaign.


Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.

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