Vancouver’s oldest mosque to hold candlelit vigil after New Zealand attack

Vancouver’s oldest mosque, Al-Jamia Mosque, is holding a candlelit prayer vigil tonight after 49 people were gunned down in a New Zealand attack.

The attack took place Friday at two mosques in Christchurch while people were worshipping. The gunman live-streamed the attack, too.

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Now, the Al-Jamia Mosque-Pakistan Canada Association and the Coalition Against Bigotry – Pacific will lead a prayer vigil and memorial service in solidarity with the congregations of the mosques in New Zealand. The organizers say the vigil is a place for Muslims of all denominations as well as people of all faiths and beliefs to come together in solidarity.

Mourners have previously gathered at Al-Jamia after the January 2017 shooting in Quebec that left six people dead.

The organizers also note that the mosque is only a short walk from the Broadway-City Hall and Olympic Village Canada Line stations.

Al-Jamia Mosque

When: Friday, March 15 at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Al-Jamia Mosque, 655 West Eighth Ave.  

To support the victims and families of the New Zealand attack or find out more information about the Vancouver vigil, go here.

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