Kingston observes seventh anniversary of Quebec City mosque shootings

Kingston City Hall illuminated green for Islamic History Month in 2020. Image via ISK.

Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, marks seven years since a lone gunman entered the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City moments before 8 p.m., just after evening prayers. For two minutes, he opened fire on those still worshipping or socializing after prayer, sending the congregation into a frenzy – many fled for the few areas offering cover, while others, including young children, ran around in a panic with nowhere to turn for safety. Those who did try to stop the man are among the six people killed or five others seriously injured in the heinous attack.

Four years later, on the anniversary of the tragic attacks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pronounced the date, January 29, the National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia.

Each year on January 29, people across Canada and around the globe pause to remember those lives lost during the Quebec mosque shooting of 2017, and to condemn Islamophobia. Graphic by Kingstonist, logo via Green Square Campaign.

It is also important to remember the six widows, 17 fatherless children, and all of those who suffer due to the attack at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City and other violent acts of hate and Islamophobia. As such, the Islamic Society of Kingston, Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives (MSGP) of Queen’s University, and their friends and allies participate in the Green Square Campaign in the week leading up to January 29. This is done by wearing a green square “in honour of the memory of the victims, in recognition of those who selflessly and courageously put themselves in harm’s way to protect others, and in solidarity with the survivors of this tragedy,” the two local organizations said in a press release dated Monday, Jan. 22, 2024.

Details of several local events being organized by the Islamic Society of Kingston (ISK) and Muslim Societies, Global Perspectives (MSGP) at Queen’s University were provided in the media release:

  • January 22 to 29: Green Square Campaign. Wear a green square to remember the victims, show solidarity with their families and stand against Islamophobia in all its forms. Locally, green squares will be available at the Islamic Centre of Kingston, and distributed to various locations on Queen’s campus via the Office of the Vice-Principal (Culture, Equity and Inclusion). Details at
  • January 25 (6 pm on Zoom): What does Islamophobia look like TODAY? Discussion Panel hosted by Dr. Adnan Husain (Queen’s University) and guests Dr. Hatem Bazian (U.C Berkeley), Dr. Dana Olwan (Syracuse University), Dr. Ariel Salzmann (Queen’s University).
    Facebook Event page
  • January 29 (dusk until dawn): Illumination of City Hall in Green to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Québec City and remember the victims of this and other violent acts of Islamophobia.
  • January 29 (6 to 7:30 pm): Prayers for Peace & Remembrance for Victims of the Québec City Mosque Attack. Members of the interfaith community will join to share prayers to remember the victims. Hosted by the Islamic Society of Kingston at the Islamic Centre of Kingston (1477 Sydenham Road). It is hoped that
    following this event, attendees will go to City Hall together to view its illumination in green.
  • January 31 (6:30 pm): “Je me souviens” An Evening with the Artist Aquil Virani. A presentation from the artist who created the commemorative portrait series honouring the victims of the Québec City Mosque Attack. Watson Hall Room 517 (49 Bader Lane). Hosted by MSGP. For questions, please contact the artist
    at 514-677-4137 or [email protected]; or Dr. Karabela at [email protected].
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As Kingston marks the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Québec City Mosque Shooting and Action Against Islamophobia, the Islamic Society of Kingston reminds us all that we must not forget the names of those lost tragically in violent acts of Islamophobia in Canada:

Ibrahima Barry
Mamadou Tanou Barry
Khaled Belkacemi
Abdelkrim Hassan
Azzedine Soufiane
Aboubaker Thabti

(killed during prayer in Quebec City, January 2017).

Salman Afzaal
Madiha Salman
Talat Afzaal
Yumna Afzaal
(family members killed in attack in London, June 2021).

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