On January 29, 2017, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City was subject to a tragic, hateful and Islamophobic crime. A gunman entered the place of worship and opened fire on the worshippers, killing 6 men and injuring many more.
Until this day, this tragic shooting continues to shake many hearts and bring deep sadness and fear to our communities. January 29 is a date that Muslims in Quebec and the rest of Canada will forever mourn.
The Green Square Campaign takes place in the week leading up to January 29 every year to remember the victims and survivors of the Quebec City mosque attack. The green square represents the green carpets of the Quebec City mosque, where the victims last stood to pray. It symbolizes the fact that the deceased are, God willing, in a garden green, in a better place since they left us that night.
Wear the green square in solidarity with the six widows, the seventeen children left fatherless, Aymen Derbali who is left paralyzed for life, and every single person suffering the consequences of this hateful and despicable act of violence.
The mosque continues to exist by the grace of God, but it continues to bear the scars of January 29th, 2017. It is time we all step up to rebuild and fortify the mosque, to usher it into its rightful place as an unforgettable piece of Canadian history, where Quebec Muslims will never again feel unsafe, where hope and love defeats hate and violence.
1.Contact NCCM at firstname.lastname@example.org
2.Several mosques across the country will have green squares available
3.Make your own green square:
A) Buy a piece of green felt from your local craft store,
B) Cut a 2″ x 2″ square,
C) Attach it to your clothes using a small safety pin.
Where hate came to destroy our faith, let’s build a fortress of hope and love.