9:30 p.m., Feb. 2)
Local mosque grateful for community's condolences, support
By Fred Sherwin
Badat and Tausif Patel stand behind sone of
the flowers that have dropped off at the Masjid
Bilal in the aftermath of the Quenec City
mosque shooting on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the aftermath of the Quebec City mosque mass shooting,
dozens of local residents have spontaneously expressed
their condolences and support for the area's Muslim population
through letters, cards and e-mails.
Masjid Bilal on Innes Road received over 30 e-mails in
the 48 hours following Sunday's shooting. They's also
received a dozen, or so, hand-written cards and letters,
and a half dozen bouquets of flowers, some of which where
day people have been dropping off cards, expressing their
love and compassion. It's been very touching," says
Imman Badat. "We can not undo what happened. It's
a terrible tragedy. But the response from people, many
of whom are our neighbours, has been tremendously heartening.
is just one of the many e-mails the mosque has received...
You don't know me, I live in Orleans. I am simply
a neighbor. I am simply another person. I
wish to let you know, due to the tragic events of Sunday
evening, that I am united with you. I give you my
love and support and I stand with you. You are welcome
here in my community. I stand with you as my muslim friends
and neighbors. May you safely pray and not pray
for safety. Do not be discouraged. We are
of the e-mailes express shock at what happened and that
it happened in Canada which is the most tolerant country
in the world. And they also say that they stand with the
Muslim community in these times," says the Imman.
Patel is the president of the Islamic Society of Cumberland.
He too has been struck by the heartfielt display from
someone to take the time to personal come by and drop
off a card or flowers is very gratifying," says Patel.
"It's nice to see that our neighbours are standing
by us during this difficult time. It's something you don't
expect, but when it happens it makes you very appreciative
to live here in Orléans."
words are driven home by this second e-mail.
accept my most sincere condolences for the loss of your
brothers in Quebec. You are our brothers and sisters,
you are members of our community and what happens to one
of you, happens to all of us. I am not Muslim but I want
you to know that my heart breaks for you, all of you.
I pray this never ever happens again."
of the public can send there messages of support and condolences
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