News Releases & Statements


Canadian Muslims stand united with fellow citizens in condemning Ottawa attacks

La version française suit l'anglais dans ce courriel -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - October 22, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, stands united with Canadians in categorically condemning today's shooting attacks at Ottawa's War Memorial and on Parliament Hill which left a Canadian soldier dead and several others injured. "All Canadians are horrified and shocked by these repulsive attacks in Ottawa and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families today," says ...

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Canadian Muslims denounce ‘appalling attack’ in Quebec

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - October 21, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, categorically condemns the recent attack on two Canadian soldiers at a mall parking lot near Montreal which has left one soldier dead and another injured. See: Globe & Mail - Suspect in Quebec attack was on Ottawa's radar, had passport seized "Canadian Muslims denounce this appalling attack and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," says NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee. ...

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NCCM denounces latest anti-Muslim incidents

Calls on leaders to speak out (Ottawa - October 2, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, today condemns a recent spate of anti-Muslim hate incidents and urges political and community leaders to speak out publicly against Islamophobia, particularly at a time of heightened geopolitical tensions. On September 26, shots were fired at the Pickering Islamic Centre in Southern Ontario while worshippers were inside. A few days later, the words "F*** Islam" were spray painted at a train overpass a ...

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Joint statement by ISSA and NCCM on United Against Terrorism handbook

(Ottawa - September 30, 2014) The Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) issue the following joint statement in response to recent remarks by the RCMP with respect to the United Against Terrorism handbook which was released on September 29th at the Winnipeg Central Mosque. "We greatly commend and appreciate the RCMP's contributions to this important tool in the struggle against violent extremism. Since Monday, we have received enthusiastic support for this initiative from Canadians across the country and countless ...

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Major Muslim organizations launch handbook to challenge radicalization

-For Immediate Release- (Winnipeg - September 29, 2014) The Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today announced the public launch of a 38-page handbook for Canadian Muslim communities about radicalization towards violent extremism. The handbook, titled United Against Terrorism: A Collaborative Effort Towards a Secure, Inclusive, and Just Canada, answers questions about radicalization and provides Canadian Muslims with tools to confront misinformation and challenge discrimination. Many of the questions and ...

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NCCM denounces ISIS call to attack Canadians, Westerners

Calls recent audio message “repulsive” (Ottawa – September 22, 2014) Following the release of an audio recording attributed to ISIS, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, again condemns the terror group’s actions and messages as “repulsive” and “un-Islamic”. “The NCCM once again joins Muslims across Canada and around the world in reaffirming its categorical condemnation of violent extremism and terrorism of any kind. Nothing can justify such actions. “We emphasize the ...

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NCCM condemns recent anti-Muslim incidents

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - September 15, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim advocacy organization, today condemns three recent anti-Muslim hate incidents, including an attempt to run down a Calgary Muslim imam with a motor vehicle and two vandalisms of a Fort Saskatchewan Islamic prayer space and a residential building. According to recent reports, Calgary Muslim community leader Imam Syed Soharwardy was struck by a car twice on September 12, 2014 on his way to Friday prayers. The female driver yelled out that he was a ...

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NCCM endorses and echoes Imams’ denunciation of ISIS

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – August 22, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, endorses and reiterates the declaration today by the Canadian Council of Imams (CCI) which denounces violent extremism and terrorism by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS). “The NCCM joins the CCI today in reaffirming its categorical condemnation of extremist violence and terrorism of any kind, for whatever stated reason, by anyone and against any individual or group. “We emphasize the ...

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NCCM condemns anti-Semitic vandalism in GTA

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – July 24, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) condemns the recent anti-Semitic vandalism in Thornhill. According to media reports, a swastika and the word “F--k Israel” were spray painted on a bus shelter, which is situated in the predominantly Jewish neighbourhood. This attack comes just days after a similar incident targeting a mosque in the area with anti-Muslim and anti-Arab graffiti. In a statement, NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee says: “The NCCM stands with our fellow Canadians in unequivo...

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NCCM condemns vandalism of Thornhill mosque

Urges political leaders to "tone down" rhetoric about Gaza-Israel conflict -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - July 21, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today is calling on federal politicians and elected representatives to denounce the recent vandalism of the Jaffari Islamic Centre in Thornhill, Ontario.  According to media reports, the Islamic Centre was spray painted with stars of David and anti-Arab messages referencing the current Gaza-Israel conflict. York Regional Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime. See: CBC - ...

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