Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City
Centre culturel Islamique de Québec
|Named after||Quebec City|
|Motto||To act proactively to develop tools which allow better spiritual, social and economic development of the Muslim community by offering its members services which address their specific needs and encourage their integration into Quebec society|
|Founded at||Université Laval|
|Purpose||Meeting the spiritual, social and economic needs of the Muslim community residing in Quebec City|
|Headquarters||Great Mosque of Quebec City|
The Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City (French: Centre culturel Islamique de Québec, CCIQ; Arabic: المركز الثقافي الإسلامي بكبیك) is an organization dedicated to meeting the spiritual, social and economic needs of the Muslim community residing in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Its main place of worship is the Great Mosque of Quebec City (French: La Grande Mosquée de Québec).
The Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City was founded in 1985 at Université Laval. Its stated mission is "to work proactively to help the Muslim community grow and flourish spiritually, socially, and economically as well as to provide services that properly consider the specific Muslim identity of its members and promote their integration into Quebec society."
The centre offers various services and activities:
- Integration conferences.
- Quranic school and Arabic classes.
- Celebration of births and marriages.
- Funeral services
- The fundraising on 12 of May 2017 to support the flood victims of Montreal.
- Yearly blood donation organized by Héma-Québec.
Great Mosque of Quebec City
In 2009, the CCIQ bought the building located at the corner of Route de l'Église and Chemin Sainte-Foy for $1.4 million. The low rise building at 2877 Chemin Ste-Foy has an area of 12,100 square feet and can accommodate approximately 1,000 people.
The acquisition of a new building by the Muslim community made possible the construction of a Great Mosque and thereby solved the problem of lack of space. The number of Muslims presently residing in Quebec City is estimated at about 7,000.
The Centre has regularly adopted a stand in the political debate in Quebec. Representatives testified before both the Bélanger-Campeau Commission and the Bouchard-Taylor Commission. In 2011, it also testified in a parliamentary committee in the National Assembly of Quebec against certain aspects of Bill 94 brought forward by the Charest government which governed the requirements to offer public services with uncovered faces.
On January 29, 2017, the mosque was the target of an attack. A gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing six people in the mosque and injuring nineteen others. The attack was denounced by the politicians throughout Quebec and Canada and attracted a wave of sympathy all over the world.
- "Mission CCIQ" (in French). CCIQ. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- (in French) Bussières, Ian (29 January 2017). "Mosquée de 1000 places dans une caisse pop de Sainte-Foy" (in French). Le soleil. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
- (in French) "Transcription of the presentation of the CCIQ before the National Assembly" (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- (in French) "Charte des " valeurs québécoises " – Communiqué" (in French). CCIQ. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
- Austen, Ian (29 January 2017). "Several People Killed in Shooting at Quebec City Mosque". New York Times.
- "10:30pm EST". CTV National Overnight. 29 January 2017. CTV News Network.
- "Only 1 suspect in deadly Quebec mosque shooting, police say". CBC News. CBC. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
- (in French) Official website