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Canadian Pakistani community mourns loss of life in Peshawar attacks

Posted on 25 December 2014 by admin

Canadian Pakistani community came out in droves in cities across Canada to mourn the deaths of innocent children and school staff in Peshawar.

The community condemned the terrorist attack by Tahrik e Taliban, an extremist group, who claimed the responsibility of heinous attack on school in Peshawar. The lawlessness, the kidnappings, and all the other ills that community has become used to listening to when it comes to Pakistan was shaken out of its slumber by what terrorists did in this school attack. Business owners, family gatherings, community organizations all mourned and cried over the deaths of children brutally and mercilessly killed by Taliban.

The community reiterated that Islam’s message is that of peace and tranquility, and not that of murdering and blowing up innocent lives at the place to gain knowledge. 145 people killed in last week’s attack were martyrs who were seeking knowledge (ilm).

In the Quran, Allah says

“And, [O Muhammad], do not hasten with [recitation of] the Qur’an before its revelation is completed to you, and say, “My Lord, increase me in knowledge.”

Furthermore, the massacre of innocent children horrified a country already weary of unending terrorist attacks.

Pakistan’s teenage Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai – herself a survivor of a Taliban shooting _ said she was “heartbroken” by the bloodshed.

The Canadian Pakistani appreciates the support from their elected members. These elected members were at hand at community events and at mosques to support Canadian Pakistani and the Muslim community in general. These members acknowledged that

Islam is not the religion that condones violence against innocent. That Muslims are peace loving people who want their kids to be educated. Their solidarity and support with the Muslim community means a lot.

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