For Immediate Release: Muslims in Manitoba React to Mosques Shootings in New Zealand

For Immediate Release

Muslims in Manitoba React to Mosques Shootings in New Zealand

Winnipeg, March 15, 2019 – Muslims in Manitoba are shocked and saddened by the senseless terrorist attacks which targeted two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayers. Media reports that at least 49 people were killed and many injured.

Mosques across the province will be holding the weekly Friday prayers this afternoon, which are the main congregational prayers in the Muslim faith, amidst safety concerns and grief over the victims of the shootings in New Zealand.

“Whether it is a mosque in Quebec or New Zealand, a church in Charleston or a synagogue in Pittsburgh, terrorism and violence are claiming spaces that are intended for comfort and healing, spiritual growth and community building”, said Tasneem Vali, office manager of the Manitoba Islamic Association and a community leader. “We just can’t make sense of it”.

“Our prayers are with all the victims, and with the country of New Zealand”, added Vali.

Members of the Muslim community are asked to be vigilant and cautious, but also show their resilience by attending Friday prayers this afternoon. The police have been contacted and police presence is expected at all main Winnipeg mosques this afternoon.

For more information, contact:

Idris Elbakri, 204-807-8196

Tasneem Vali, 204-963-9784

Abdi Kheir, 204-996-8176

Alia Harb, 204-257-7651

This release was sent on behalf of Manitoba Islamic Association, Winnipeg Central Mosque, Winnipeg Islamic Centre (Bilal Mosque), Hussaini Association of Manitoba, Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute, and Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA).


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