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Montréal, 23 juin 2017- Les Québécois ont exprimé leur consternation et leur colère à l’égard de la déclaration du Premier Ministre M. Philippe Couillard liant le terrorisme à l’islam. Au cours des derniers jours du mois sacré du Ramadan, les Québécois de confession musulmane et d’autres concitoyens se sont réunis pour exprimer leur opposition à de telles déclarations qui créent un sentiment d’injustice en ciblant toute une communauté en raison de l’action d’un individu.
«Tout au long de ces années, nous avions la certitude que M. Philippe Couillard est une personne inclusive avec une idéologie cohésive qui considère tous les Québécois égaux. Le fait de cibler les musulmans, aussitôt qu’il est question de violence ou de terrorisme, a été un choc pour la communauté, en particulier après l’attentat terroriste à Québec au début de cette année. Cet attentat a été suivi d’une vague de violence contre la communauté musulmane, ses centres et ses mosquées », a déclaré M. Samer Majzoub, président du Forum musulman canadien (FMC-CMF).
M.Majzoub a ajouté que « les dernières statistiques ont confirmé que les crimes haineux contre les musulmans au Canada ont augmenté de 253% sur une période de quatre ans. Nous craignons que les déclarations de M. Couillard alimentent les croyances islamophobes dans la province et dans le reste du pays.»
Le FMC-CMF et les Québécois de confession musulmane ont continuellement dénoncé et rejeté toutes sortes de radicalisation violente. S’opposer à la haine, à la violence, au terrorisme et à la discrimination est un devoir civique collectif de tous les citoyens. Le FMC-CMF affirme que les Québécois musulmans partagent les mêmes préoccupations de sécurité sociale que le reste de leurs concitoyens. Le FMC-CMF note que les déclarations populistes ne contribuent pas à établir l’harmonie et la tranquillité au sein de toute société.
Le FMC-CMF espère que le premier ministre du Québec, M. Couillard, rétracte ses propos injustifiés contre ses concitoyens, présente ses excuses à la communauté québécoise de confession musulmane et s’efforce à renforcer l’unité et la paix sociale au Québec.
Samah Jebbari : 514 886-8414
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Montreal, June 23, 2017- Quebecers have expressed their astonishment and fury over Mr. Philippe Couillard’s, Quebec Premier, latest statement relating terrorism to Islam. In the last couple of days of the holy month of Ramadan, Quebecers of Islamic faith and other fellow citizens have come together to express their rejection of such statements that create a sense of unfairness by targeting an entire community due to the action of one individual.
“For years, we have trusted that Mr. Philippe Couillard is a person with inclusive ideology who considers all Quebecers equal. Targeting Muslims came as a shock to the community, especially after the terrorist attack in Quebec city earlier this year which has been followed by a spike of violence against the Muslim community, its centers and its mosques,” stated Mr. Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF).
Mr. Majzoub added, “The latest statistics has confirmed that hate crimes against Muslims in Canada have increased by 253% over four years. We are worried that Mr. Couillard’s statements will fuel Islamophobic beliefs in the province and the rest of the country.”
FMC-CMF and Muslim Quebecers have continuously denounced and rejected all sorts of violent radicalization. Standing up against hatred, violence, terrorism and discrimination is a collective civic duty of all citizens. FMC-CMF asserts that Muslim Quebecers share the same societal safety concerns as their fellow citizens. FMC-CMF notes that populist statements don’t help establish harmony and tranquility within any society.
FMC-CMF hopes that the Premier of Quebec, Mr. Couillard, will retract his unjustified statements against his own people, Quebecers of Muslim faith, and seek to enhance Quebec’s social unity and peace.
Kathy Malas : 514 594 1402
FMC–CMF invite tous les Canadiens à offrir leur empathie et support aux victimes des innodations
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Montréal, 6 mai 2017- Le Forum Musulman Canadien (FMC-CMF) invite la communauté et tous les citoyens à exprimer leur empathie et leur soutien aux victimes des zones inondées et endommagées à Montréal et dans les reste de notre province du Québec.
«Nous encourageons les citoyens à contacter les responsables de leurs villes respectives afin de comprendre et contribuer aux meilleurs moyens et mesures pour contrer les séquelles de ces innondations ainsi que d’offrir leur soutien à leurs voisins victimes de ce désastre», exprime Samer Majzoub, président du FMC-CMF.
Tous les citoyens sont de tout cœur avec les victimes prises avec des grands dommages personnels.
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FMC-CMF invites all Canadians to offer their empathy and support to the victims of floods
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Montreal, May 6, 2017- The Canadian Muslim Forum invites the community and all citizens to express their empathy and support to victims of flooding in damaged flooded areas in Montreal and the rest of our province of Quebec.
“We encourage citizens to contact the officials of their respective cities to understand and contribute to the best means and measures to counter the aftermath of these floods as well as to offer their support to their neighbors who are victims of this disaster,” said Samer Majzoub, President of the CMF-CMF.
All citizens are heartfelt with the victims taken by great personal damages.
Kathy Malas 514 594 1402
LIGNE D’AIDE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION GRATUITE1-855-362-2637 ext: 300Vous pensez être victime de discrimination? Parlez en au FMC-CMF. Travaillant avec les meilleurs avocats dans ce domaine, nous serons en mesure de vous aider à travers tout le processus pour s’assurer que la justice prévaut.Qu’est-ce que cela signifie d’être victime de discrimination?La discrimination est le traitement injuste ou préjudiciable des personnes ou des groupes de personnes sur la base de caractéristiques, telles que leur race, leurs croyances religieuses, leur sexe, leur âge ou leur orientation sexuelle.La ligne d’aide vous permet de:
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As bullets harvested the souls of the victims, one after another, on the night of the Jan. 29, 2017 at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre, a new era of terror was inaugurated, signed by the bloodshed of those who lost their lives and the tears that have been shed by the 17 orphans and six widows left behind.
A young mourner is comforted during a funeral ceremony for three of the victims of the deadly shooting of the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre at the Congress Center in Quebec City, Feb. 3, 2017. (Photo: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)
The shock waves of that bloody night hit very hard across the country, creating fears, worries and uncertainties. The first few hours after the massacre, the main question that was uttered by the media, citizens and politicians was who had committed this crime. The picture came to be clearer when it was revealed that the shooter was a young student, from the same university where most of the victims either graduated from or worked at. Moreover, based on Facebook posts, comments and information from those who knew the shooter, it was revealed that his right-wing ideology was his instigator, leading him to murder innocent worshipers.
The only “sin” those murdered in the mass shooting carried was that they were all Muslims, who happened to be praying in the Centre. And the only reason why the killer decided to end their lives was a hate doctrine, represented by the Islamophobia and bigotry that have plagued the environment in Quebec, and the rest of the country, for many years.
Following Quebec’s tragedy, columnists, civic organizations, NGOs, politicians and the general public all agreed that xenophobia, Islamophobia and prejudice were the drive behind the violent incidents that have been targeting Muslim citizens. For years and years, warnings and public advice have been given to society’s stakeholders and the political classes regarding Islamophobia as an extreme form of discrimination and radicalization, which has been leading to violence targeting Muslim community.
The Quebec City massacre is a clear demonstration of the tragic end-product of letting Islamophobia go unchecked.
For many years, besides some soft talk, the concrete political will to tackle Islamophobia and other sorts of hate speech was almost totally absent from the public scene. On the contrary, various political platforms embarked on divisive agendas that inflamed the extreme ideologies that implanted the concept of “us versus them.”
Furthermore, some mainstream and social media became unchecked podiums for all those who shared their animosity and hostility toward their fellow citizens of different skin colours or beliefs. This dangerous combination can, very expectedly, create a path of hatred that may lead to fatal incidents. The Quebec City massacre is a clear demonstration of the tragic end-product of letting Islamophobia go unchecked.
Following the cruel killing of the six worshipers in Quebec City, there was an outpouring of sympathy and solidarity coming from every corner in the county in support of the families of the victims. Words of condemnation came from almost all politicians and public figures, bringing together all Canadians in their denunciation of the terrorist attack. The unfortunate reality came after this short term of solidarity which was presumed to be genuine enough to cause change in the toxic and bigoted environment that preceded the attack.
During the burials of the six victims, a spike of hate-related incidents were reported in various areas throughout the country, from Mosques being fire bombed to Muslim citizens being exposed to various physical attacks. Furthermore, there was a sudden increase of xenophobic incidences in many areas around the country as a result of political statements and positions held by those who have placed themselves at the forefront of the divisive rhetoric, creating friction within the Canadian social fabric.
Day after day and incident after incident, it has become a necessity that all systemic, racial and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia, must be studied thoroughly to come up with policies that will cure these social diseases once and for all.
Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF)
Statement by the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) on the federal by-elections that will be held early April 2017.
Montreal, March 3rd , 2017- The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) appreciates and values the Canadian Muslims’ involvement in the nomination and the elections process at large in the various ridings, in particular the borough of Saint-Laurent, Montreal. FMC-CMF points out the importance of making free choice in supporting the candidates that best serve the interest of the society’s civil values and common interest. FMC-CMF reminds all citizens that elections are an occasion to exercise your voting right democratically, assume unity and work collectively to reflect Canadian values.
Send Iqra Khaled an appreciation and a thank you message for her stance on combating systematic religious and civic discrimination.
M-103Systemic racism and religious discrimination:
M-103Racisme et discrimination religieuse systémiques
FMC-CMF calls on Members of the House of Commons to Support Motion M-103
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Montreal, February 11 – The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) calls on MPs to support the Motion M-103, a motion following the condemnation of Islamophobia, adopted on the 26 October 2016.
“This motion is essential to counter all forms of discrimination, including Islamophobia,” said Mr. Samer Majzoub, President of the FMC-CMF. The motion is proposed by Ms. Iqra Khalid of Mississauga-Erin Mills and will be debated on February 15th. M-103 proposes an in-depth study on systematic racism, religious discrimination and Islamophobia, and calls for the development of concrete actions based on a holistic and an evidence-based approach to counteract this scourge.
“Building this study is essential to detect the root causes of racism, discrimination and hate incidents and crimes. These causes need to be further disclosed in order to better target effective means and strategies to counter them. With Motion M-103, we will take affordable measures to limit, and even prevent and eliminate Islamophobia, and promote better living together, ” adds Majzoub.
“We ask all of our elected officials to support this motion to defend our human and collective values, our rights and freedoms, and to promote “l’agir-ensemble”,” concludes Majzoub.
Samer Majzoub: 514 884 0852