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Ottawa Muslims mark Québec City mosque attack anniversary

"I believe that if people get to know Muslims at our deeper level, the chances of prejudice...or demonstrating any hatred toward Muslims, would reduce radically," said Luqman Ahmed, a religious minister of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at of Ottawa.
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'Visit a Mosque' campaign launch at Baitun Naseer Mosque in Cumberland. Jenn Pritchard/OttawaMatters

Three years after the killing of six people and wounding of 19 others inside a Québec City mosque, Muslims in Ottawa are remembering those killed by taking action against hate and prejudice.

Since the Québec City mosque attack, the world has seen acts of hate and prejudice displayed toward Muslims and other minority groups.

"I believe that if people get to know Muslims at our deeper level, the chances of prejudice...or demonstrating any hatred toward Muslims, would reduce radically," said Luqman Ahmed, a religious minister of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at of Ottawa.

Ahmed encourages people to get to know their Muslim neighbours, and thinks that would reduce fear and ignorance. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at of Ottawa regularly hold interfaith events and open houses, to try to show that not all people who claim to practice the Muslim faith are the same.

"Muslims who abide by the mainstream Islamic values (are) not in any way associated with the extremist factions that you may see around the world," Ahmed told 1310 NEWS. 

Ahmed said that he feels the best way to remember the Québec City mosque victims is to make a firm resolution to enhance our mutual understanding of each other.




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