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Monday, 07 August 2017 08:23

Quebec City Muslims get cemetery

Muslims in Quebec City have finally acquired their own cemetery, the city’s mayor and members of the Muslim community said Friday at a news conference.

 

The announcement comes three weeks after a referendum narrowly defeated the establishment of a Muslim-only burial ground - a project headed by the Quebec Islamic Culture Centre.

The city sold the 6,000-square-meter site to the Centre. The cemetery will be the first Muslim owned and operated cemetery in the Quebec City region. It has been decades in the planning.

“It’s a great day,” Mohamed Labidi, head of the centre told reporters. “It is an historic day for Quebec City. Today, we are reaping the benefits of 20 years of hard work.”

Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume said his city has always embraced all peoples.

“For over 400 years, Quebec has been a welcoming city for all cultures, languages and religions,” he said.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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