Milton Residents Pay Tribute to Quebec City Victims

By: Laura Steiner

A sense of the crowd
A sense of the crowd. Credit: Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation

On Saturday February 4, 2017  Milton paid tribute to the victims of Centre Culturel Islamique (Islamic Cultural Centre) in Quebec City.  A vigil was held in the lobby at Milton Town Hall.  An estimated 500 people attended.  Some brought signs:

A key message
A key message: “End Islamophobia”

 

 

Others stood bearing candles, as both political, and religious spoke of openness, compassion, and tolerance. The vigil was organized by Sameera Ali, Councillors Zeeshan Hamid, and Mike Cluett.  “I want people to feel like they made a difference. So many of us are hurting right now, many are also scared. I feel a vigil gives everyone a chance to express their sentiments as well as feel like they belong,” Ali said of the event.

 

Holding a candle
Holding a candle

 

It ended with a traditional prayer from the Qur’an  recited in English and Arabic by AQ Mufti of the Halton Interfaith Council followed by a moment of silence for the victims.  Watch that here

Bowing our heads for a moment of silence
Bowing our heads for a moment of silence