Canadian Muslims hold a Solidarity Rally in front of Barrie City Hall to Condemn the Recent Acts of Terror on Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial in Ottawa
The rally was to pay tribute to the brave soldiers Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and support their families. It was to bring awareness that Islam promotes love and peace for all mankind and those who deface peaceful teachings of Islam can not be called Muslims.
Rally was attended by more than 250 people including men, women and children of all ages. Most of them were the local residents; some had traveled from Vaughan and Bradford. Chilly weather did not hold anyone back.
It began with a silent prayer for the fallen soldiers. In his address Missionary Farhan Iqbal expressed that loyalty to Canada is part of Muslim faith and we stand united with fellow Canadians and categorically and unequivocally condemned radicalization and all acts of terror.
Among the dignitaries who addressed the rally were the Mayor’s representative Barry Ward Councillor from Ward 4, Alex Nattall who represented Patrick Brown MP, Peter Silveira Councillor Ward 5, Rose Romita Councillor Ward 2, Sergio Morales Councillor Ward 9 and Malik Khalid Ameer from Vaughan and Ajmal Naushahi, the president of local chapter. There were number of media teams to cove the event including CTV Barrie. http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=487325
About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at:
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited messiah has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908) of Qadian, India. The Community believes that God sent Ahmad, like Jesus, to end religious wars, condemn bloodshed and reinstitute morality, justice and peace.
Established about fifty years ago in Canada, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community have always practiced and promoted the peaceful teachings of Islam. It was for this reason that the Canada’s first ambassador for religious freedom was named by Prime Minister Stephen Harper himself in Ahmadiyya Mosque in Maple, ON in 2013.
Prime Minister also participated in unveiling of AMJ’s Canada’s largest Mosque complex in Calgary in July 2008. http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/photo-gallery/pm-attends-opening-baitun-nur-ahmadiyya-mosque