Support Victims of #QuebecMosque
$402,173 of $400k goal
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon. To God we belong and to Him we return.
Six people have lost their lives and dozens are injured in one of the most heinous terrorist attacks in Canada's history.
Defenseless worshippers in the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec on Sunday, January 29, 2017, were gunned down while prostrating to their Lord.
6 families have lost a husband, or a son, or a father. 11 others are nursing an injured family members, out of which 3 are still in critical condition in the hospital. The victims range in age from 35 to 70.
Canada Zakat (a project of DawaNet ) team is working closely with the community in Quebec taking care of the families directly affected by this unthinkable tragedy.
Based on the initial needs assessment of now, there was an immediate need to raise funds for the FUNERAL SERVICES for the six deceased victims of this shooting.
However, given the overwhelming support we received over a period of 12 hours of launching this campaign, and after consulting the management of the mosque, we have expanded the scope to support other short-term financial needs of the families of the victims.
We know Canadians are generous people. We know Muslims have a big heart. We all come together in times of crisis.
Let us dig a little into your pocket to alleviate the suffering of grieving families who have lost a loved one in this terrorist attack.
Donate NOW to this #QuebecMosque victims support fund!
Canada Zakat Team (DawaNet)
It's been over 6 weeks that we launched this campaign to support the struggling families of the victims of the Quebec Mosque shooting.
Today, you are among the almost 6,000 kind-hearted souls who helped us reach a grand total of $402,173!
Your words of solidarity and gestures of support mean a lot to the families of the victims.
We are excited to announce that TODAY our Canada Zakat team is going down to the Quebec City to disburse the funds to the families of the victims over the weekend.
We will be visiting every family over the weekend and will hand over the cheque to the guardian of the family. We will also offer some gifts to the orphaned children on behalf of the community.
Our team has developed a simple and transparent model of fund disbursement among the 11 families of the deceased and injured, based on consultations with CA's (accountants) and lawyers, as well as experts in relief work and crisis management.
We are humbled to have received so much media coverage (at least 15 stories and counting) on this relief campaign. We will be sharing links to media stories shortly.
In the meantime, feel free to follow our trip's updates from our team in the Quebec City this weekend on Canada Zakat Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CanadaZakat/
Canada Zakat / DawaNet Team
Salam / Peace with you all!
It's been very emotional and disturbing few days as we return from the Quebec City today.
We witnessed the immense impact of this terrorist act on the family members and the community of Quebec. The Muslim community in particular there is devastated and traumatized, as there are so many who witnessed their loved ones dying and getting injured that night.
We had the opportunity to visit families of the deceased as well as families of the critically injured. It was challenging not to breakdown seeing the plight of 6 widows and 17 orphans!
We also attended the 2 funerals, one in Montreal and another in Quebec, which were attended by people from across Canada, as well as the Honourable Prime Minister and the Premier of Quebec.
Moreover, we visited the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec, the site of terror, as we were given a guided tour of the damage caused. There were bullets sprayed and blood splashed every where! This was perhaps the most difficult part of our trip.
We were also truly moved by the phenomenal outpouring of solidarity and support from people like YOU, coast to coast! The families and community of Quebec simply couldn't believe how Canadians came together in love and support to fight hate and intolerance.
We have been posting our live videos and and photo updates on https://www.facebook.com/MontrealMuslimscom-737240602991346/.
With YOUR assistance we have been able to raise $337k as on now! This is truly YOUR accomplishment.
Please keep sharing this campaign! Don't let the momentum die as the media spotlight fades over the next couple of days.
DawaNet & Canada Zakat Teams
We are simply humbled and ecstatic to receive such an overwhelming response to this emergency care fund for the families of the victims.
After consulting the management of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec and our partners on the ground dealing with the suffering families, we have decided to increase the fundraising target further.
While the exact financial needs assessment for each family is under way, here are key factors to consider:
***Children in 6 families have been orphaned
***11 families are nursing someone who has been injured
***3 injured individuals are in ICU with severe injuries
***Most of these young victims, both deceased and injured, come from low income families
***Most of these young victims have young children
***Most of these young victims were the sole breadwinners for the family
***Many of these families have debts to take care of
***Some of the deceased are expected to be buried in their home country at the wish of their family, which would significantly increase the funeral costs
Given this situation, we are hopeful that Muslims and our Canadian and American neighbours will continue to give to this campaign so we can empower the families of the victims of this tragedy!
***Funeral announcement hasn't been officially made yet. We will be sharing the information as soon it's available.
***Our leadership will soon be arriving in Quebec City to meet these families and to attend the funeral, God-willing.
Thank you for your sincere donations again!
Canada Zakat & DawaNet Team
The amount of Islamophobia I have heard in comments in the newspaper as well as the poor thinking of folks attached to conspiracy theories about ordinary citizens is amazing to me and makes me wonder what the heck is going on in Alberta. Do folks really believe they have to "keep fighting" as one comment put it. The question is what are y'all fighting? Why are Muslims being targeted in this horrific way? And do you not think you should fight prejudice and poor thinking above everything else?
Ed Chiarini You might want to check the news Suspect identified And "The names of the dead have been released by the Quebec coroner's office: Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42 Abdelkrim Hassane, 41 Khaled Belkacemi, 60 Aboubaker Thabti, 44 Azzeddine Soufiane, 57 Ibrahima Barry, 39 " Go troll somewhere else
We must all take responsibility for our words, thoughts and actions. Carelessness is as bad as it gets for those of us who are not bigots or fear-mongers. Silence in the face of fake news or bigotry or bullying is almost as bad. Our sisters and brothers of all ethnic and national backgrounds and of whatever religious persuasion or sexual identity ARE our sisters and brothers and deserve our love and respect. When we can, we must also protect and support them. To those who have lost friends and loved ones, I share your grief . . . even your anger. I pledge to continue to do whatever I can to make this world more hospitable to all God's children.
Thank you for sharing this update. Wishing you well this weekend. Deepest sympathy to all the families and individuals affected by the shooting.
As a Muslim, I am heartened by the outpouring of love from Canadians of all race, colour and creed. May this love and caring for all, be forever a part of our Canadian fabric. Never again, ever again may we have to grieve in this fashion.
In response to Julie Ali: this was a terrible tragedy, Canadians are saddened everywhere. It was an act perpetrated by an individual whom, I think, was a separatist; or a the very least does not want diversity of culture. Please don't use this tragedy as a means to spread discord against Alberta, that is disrespectful to both the victims and the people of Alberta. I am actually from Alberta, and I assure you we are all very saddened by this.