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United in Peace, United in Compassion
January 31, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) invites you and your families to take part in a grassroots event Saturday, January 31, in participating cities.
The event is organized by a coalition of concerned citizens who have formed the group, ‘Canadian Muslims for Peace’. Many of the organizers are parents who want their children to see a more accurate and more positive image of their communities.
The aim of the event is twofold: to take a clear stand against violent extremism and terrorism, including any of that which is perpetrated in the name of Islam; and to show that Canadian Muslims have always been, and will continue to be, civically engaged in their communities.
Peace gatherings are currently planned for London, Ottawa, Kingston, and Toronto.
If you live in these cities, please do your best to attend the gathering, which will also include speeches by local imams about the character of the Prophet, may peace be upon him, and his commitment to civic engagement. You do not need to bring any signs or placards. There will be a large banner for you to sign with messages of peace and good will.
Participants are asked to bring warm gloves, socks, and/or non-perishable food donations for local shelters.
For Canadian Muslims living in other cities, we encourage you to also make donations to your local shelters and food banks on behalf of the local Muslim community.
The NCCM is pleased to join in supporting this initiative as it is within its mandate of promoting civic engagement by Canadian Muslim communities.
When: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Simultaneously in London (Gates of Victoria Park), Ottawa (Human Rights Monument at Lisgar/Elgin Streets), Toronto (Nathan Phillips Square), Kingston (City Hall)
What: Peaceful gathering
Why: “As Canadian Muslims, we stand united in our commitment to fostering peace and compassion in our communities. We stand united in our opposition to all acts of terrorism and violence, including any of that which is committed in the name of Islam. Join us for a grassroots campaign to promote civic engagement and peaceful coexistence in solidarity with all Canadians, and all global citizens.”
For more information about how to be involved, contact us at info[@]nccm.ca or phone us at 613.254.9704, or toll-free at 1-866-524-0004