EspañolMembers of Winnipeg’s Muslim community gathered on Sunday at the Manitoba Legislative Building to condemn the recent terror attacks on Parliament Hill and in Quebec. About 60 members rallied against Islamic extremism, holding signs that displayed their support of Canada and condemned terrorism.
“We wanted to show our solidarity to our fellow Canadians,” said Dr. Munier Ahmed, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at mosque in Winnipeg, which organized the Solidarity Rally.
“We want to show that we are part of this community and we categorically condemn these attacks as terrorism. The terrorists want to divide us, but we want to stay united. We want to show everybody that Muslims are peaceful, Islam means peace, and we do not endorse these acts of terrorism in any form,” he added.
The demonstrators wore poppies — a symbol used to commemorate soldiers who have died in war — as a way to remember Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, the two Canadian soldiers killed in the attack.
“The poppy represents for us in Canada people who have died to give us liberty and freedom,” Bashir Khan said. “The freedom that I enjoy in this country is because a soldier laid down his or her life in Canada. Be it in the last two weeks or 50 years ago or 100 years ago, we have to remember those fallen soldiers.”
“When we have people die here or back [in Pakistan], we have to protect them and that’s why we are here,” said Amna, an 18-year-old woman who moved from Pakistan in 2012.
Most of demonstrators were members of Winnipeg’s small Ahmadiyya Muslim community, a sect founded in 1899 in India, that advocates for a peaceful propagation of Islam. Several members of the community arrived in Canada escaping from religious and political persecution in their country.
“It is terrorism. What they have done is terrorism, political assassination,” said Khan.
Source: Winnipeg Sun.