In Response to the Hit-and-Run Attack Against Members of the Canadian Armed Forces

As the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, we utterly condemn the abhorrent and horrific attack against off-duty members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec on October 20, 2014.

Like everyone else, we were deeply shocked at the barbarity of the attack. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the member of CAF who passed away following the critical injuries caused by this vicious event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the wounded victim of the CAF, his family, friends and the greater Quebec community, for the speedy recovery.

Such acts cannot be justified under any circumstances or on any pretext whatsoever. They not only run counter to the teachings of Islam but are diametrically opposed to the fundamental character and ethos of this religion. Those who harm others in the name of religion in fact grievously dishonour it. If such acts divide us, they must divide us along these lines: us against those who resort to violent extremism and terrorism. History proves over and over again that in the end the human spirit will not yield to fear and intimidation, following this kind of brutal and violent acts.

As an organization founded by Turkish-Canadian Muslims we believe that we must unite as one human race against terrorism, violent extremism and murderous ideologies to prevent these types of attacks from recurring in the future.