‘Hard Times for Peace-Loving People’

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Over 350 people gathered in front of the Civic Centre in Sydney on Tuesday night to stand vigil for the victims of Sunday’s attack on a Quebec city mosque, the Centre culturel islamique de Québec.

Six Muslim men were killed and 19 injured when a man opened fire in the mosque during prayers.

Tuesday night’s gathering in the CBRM was just one of many that have happened across the country since the brutal incident which Canada’s prime minister has condemned as a terrorist attack. Speakers on Tuesday included politicians and representatives of the municipality’s Muslim, Christian and Hindu communities.

The message that resonated strongest, for me, was that of Dr. Arsalan Raza, president of the Cape Breton Muslim Society. In just one sentence, he underlined what unites us without even a reference to those things that divide us, saying simply:

These are hard times for peace-loving people.

 

Photos by Charlie Morrison

 

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