Muhammad Ghouri, social director of the Masjid-Al Iman mosque, hopes those outside the Muslim faith will attend an open house there Sunday (Jan. 28). The aim of the event, being held in memory of six men killed in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque one year ago, is to broaden understanding of the Muslim community. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria mosque to commemorate men killed in Quebec City shooting

Open house Sunday being held in the spirit of the greater community

A year ago, when six Muslim men were shot and killed inside a Quebec City mosque, Masjid-Al Iman in Victoria received such an outpouring of support they hardly knew what to do with it all.

“For two or three weeks every single day, we didn’t have a space to put the flowers, they were piling up in front of the mosque,” says Muhammad Ghouri, social director for the board of Masjid-Al Iman. Along with notes and cards, he says, people were physically standing in front of the mosque guarding it. “It was just overwhelming.”

On the anniversary of the shooting, Masjid-Al Iman (2218 Quadra St.) invites residents to commemorate the tragedy with an open house Jan. 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and to say thank you for the support during such a difficult time.

With a rising tide of intolerance facing the Muslim community, Ghouri says this event is about education and dialogue. “It’s not a gathering for our own community, it’s more about raising awareness for the greater community of Victoria, people who don’t usually come to the mosque.”

Islamophobia is real, he says, though the issue isn’t as prevalent in Victoria as other parts of the country.

“Obviously it’s not as bad as south of the border, but definitely there are incidents not only in Quebec, but other parts of Canada,” he says. “And, we will be talking about that.”

Ismail Nur, Imam of the mosque, will open conversations about what happened in Quebec, how to navigate during periods of social panic, Islamophobia and how to create welcoming and inclusive societies.

The gathering will be a space to express and explore feelings of sorrow, confusion and hopelessness, Ghouri says, but also love and hope.

“If there is good and you spread it, it will multiply.”

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Legend of Victoria dog ‘Cody’ lives on with successful pet drive

Charmaine’s furniture store collecting donations for Victoria Pet Food Bank

Skygazers spot mysterious flaming object during Sunday’s lunar eclipse

University of Victoria astronomer explains the “glowing object”

Ousted legislature officials say report released to further blacken their reputations

James and Lenz say release was ‘Contrary to all principles of fairness and decent treatment’

Evicted UVic student questions Saanich’s housing bylaw

Emma Edmonds had been living with six roommates, while the bylaw states you cannot exceed four

Sooke trade show targets local business

Sookrama planned for April

WATCH: Celebration of Life hosted for 29 Victoria trees set to be removed

Community Trees Matter Network hosting “goodbye and thank you” for trees on Fort Street

POLL: Do you support a speculation tax on vacant homes in Greater Victoria?

Homeowners have begun to receive letters asking if they should be exempt… Continue reading

Why would the B.C. legislature need a firewood splitter?

First sign of police involvement in investigation of top managers

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Judge annuls hairdresser’s forced marriage to boss’ relative

Woman was told she’d be fired if she didn’t marry boss’s Indian relative so he could immigrate here

Liberals look to make home-buying more affordable for millennials: Morneau

Housing is expected to be a prominent campaign issue ahead of October’s federal election

Cannabis-carrying border crossers could be hit with fines under coming system

Penalties are slated to be in place some time next year

Man accused of threatening to kill ‘as many girls as I see’

Christopher W. Cleary wrote he was angry because he’d never had a girlfriend and wanted to ‘make it right’ with a mass shooting

Most Read