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The Canadian Council of Muslim Theologians is horrified and grief-stricken by the tragic events that took place yesterday on Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and with all the brave men and women frontline offices protecting the nation’s capital.
The CCMT unequivocally condemns the senseless acts of violence of the gunman, especially if made in the name of our faith.
As religious leaders for Canadians of the Muslim faith, we assert the CCMT will undertake to continue to educate its affiliated Imams and congregations on detecting and countering radicalization and seek to increase their capacity to address individuals with mental health issues.
The Muslim community has been striving for many years through its own initiatives and with law enforcement and other security agencies to understand the issues of radicalization and take steps to keep Canada safe for all of its citizens and protect the rights and freedoms we enjoy as a nation.
As Imams we are committed to ensuring that the enshrined principles of safety and seccurity for all Canadians are followed and practiced by Imams who limit their religious instruction to basic, non-violent, non-political religious beliefs and practices.continue reading
The Canadian Council of Muslim Theologians (CCMT), a federally registered Canadian non-profit body of Muslim Theologians, representing approximately 60 Imams across the Greater Toronto Area made the following statement on the the October 22nd attack on Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial.