Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed
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Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed is the Editorial Director and Founder of CanadianMomEh (a parenting and lifestyle blog), a freelance journalist, and a work-at-home mom of two.

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As A Muslim Woman From Quebec, I Will Continue To Speak Up Against Hate

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2017 | 10:34 AM

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did...

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Help Make Canadian History By Denouncing Islamophobia

(5) Comments | Posted September 30, 2016 | 10:50 AM

"True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else." Clarence Darrow

Social Justice is a cause dear to Frank Baylis, Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Pierrefonds-Dollard. When his mother immigrated to Canada from Barbados 50 years ago, she was refused employment due to the...

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Why Muslims Around The World Are Fasting For Ramadan

(15) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 9:29 AM

The month of Ramadan has just begun for over a billion Muslims around the world; thirty days of fasting from sunrise to sunset. While it may sound harsh to some, as Muslims there is so much beauty in Ramadan and what it represents. When Muslims fast (in our case for...

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My Memories Live On Even Though My Mom Does Not

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 10:20 AM

A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. ~Honoré de Balzac

While every day should be Mother's Day, it is something unique to receive cards and crafts the children prepared in school and be showered...

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Mental Health And Syrian Refugees: What Nobody Is Talking About

(18) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 11:57 AM

Mental health matters. What happens to someone who belongs to a community that is already being stigmatized and they have mental health issues? Unfortunately in many cases it leads to further isolation, feelings of rejection and depression. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), one...

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Why I Am Choosing To Help Syrian Refugees Over My Dream Vacation

(8) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 10:14 AM

I have dreamed of visiting Europe since I was about eight years old. At the age of 12, I used to voraciously watch movies I knew were set in Spain, Italy, Greece or France. At 14, my mom introduced me to a Pakistani drama set in Spain and so began...

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Not In The Name Of My Faith

(94) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 11:00 PM

Our world is filled with an all too familiar blanket of sadness, of heartbreak for people we never met but whose tragic demise has touched our hearts as we consume the news surrounding their passing. Social media is filled with a sense of outrage, of anger, of sadness and helplessness....

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Remembrance Day Connects Canadians Of All Cultures

(5) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 5:17 PM

This post was originally published on CanadianMomEh.com

Growing up as a South Asian, second-generation Canadian in suburban Montreal, I remember standing in the school auditorium on Remembrance Day as we'd hear stories from veterans of the Second World war.

I'd watch, along with my fellow classmates as they...

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'A Canadian Is a Canadian Is a Canadian'

(60) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 2:28 PM

"A Canadian. Is a Canadian. Is a Canadian." With all the political commentary, articles, blog posts and tweets written about last night, truer words could not have been said by our newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I woke up this morning with my faith in the future our beautiful nation...

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Ordering a Woman to Remove Her Hijab in Court Alienates All Muslims

(88) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 6:39 PM

The following article was originally published on CanadianMomEh.com

A Quebec judge ordered a Muslim woman to remove her hijab or she would not hear her case. This was not the first time that someone has walked into a courtroom with religious attire, however Judge Eliana Marengo...

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Let's Call the Chapel Hill Shooting What it Was: A Hate Crime

(36) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 6:09 PM

Three young adults were killed in the Chapel Hill Shooting in North Carolina, 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. Two of them were a married couple that had only been married six weeks. Unfortunately there is a shortage of...

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The Charlie Hebdo Killings Should Not Fuel More Hate Against My People

(38) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 11:10 PM

As a proud Canadian Muslim woman it saddens me to hear of the Charlie Hebdo shooting. It was a despicable and heinous act of murder committed by violent individuals. As a journalist, I believe these murders go against the very freedom of the press that I hold sacred. Few things...

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A Mother's Love Never Dies

(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 7:46 PM

My heart once beat inside of her. It has been 10 years since my mother passed and though she's not here with me, a part of her spirit continues to beat inside of me. Life continues perpetually without her here. I have felt her absence every single one of those...

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I am Malala Yousafzai

(8) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Malala Yousafzai won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and I am over the moon. Today marks a major day for women's rights, for Muslim women and for South Asian women.

I am Malala. I come from a lineage of women who fought stereotypes, racism and bigotry in their adapted homes...

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10 Lessons Learned From the Eye of the Storm

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 7:06 PM

Life is hectic, crazy, busy and non-stop most days. That is until or unless you or someone you love learns of a serious life altering medical condition. First it's panic, sometimes denial, then eventually acceptance. Along the way, if you're lucky you do some reflecting, you may find that it...

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A Quebec Doctor Asked Me to Remove My Hijab -- I Refused

(51) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 1:19 PM

My anger at the ludicrousness of Bill 60 when I wrote my Open Letter to Pauline Marois has transformed over the past few months into a frustrated feeling of sadness. Watching our current government rule my place of birth is the equivalent of watching your childhood home be...

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Quebec's Charter Makes Minorities into Second-Class Citizens

(10) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 5:07 PM

Public hearings for Bill 60 are getting underway; with that, public sentiment is heating up. Our government appears to have turned a blind eye to the long-term impact of its actions on its people; in particular its visible religious minorities.

Complaints of "verbal or physical abuse" against...

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I Took My Family to the Movies and Got Called a "F-ing Terrorist"

(38) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 8:46 AM

My husband and I recently took our daughter and a dozen of her friends to the movies. It was a children's movie matinée. Our group took up an entire row in the theatre and so I sat right in front of them. A few minutes before the show began, a...

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Hey, Parti Québécois - It's My Hijab and My Choice

(34) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Everyone seems to have something to say about the recent proposed charter of values. The pundits, the white feminists, the atheists and the secularists. I've gotten hundreds of responses to my recently published pieces on the Charter. I've chosen to focus on the positive ones, which are overwhelming the majority....

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How Bullying and Racism Shaped Who I Am

(9) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 12:43 PM

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Hundreds of children across the country are bullied every single day. In certain cases, it has to do with their race or the us versus them mentality. Here's my story.

I'm about to share one of the defining moments of my childhood. Powerful and...

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