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Islamophobia Is Now A Canadian Concern

Samer Majzoub | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

As the years have passed, the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF), community organizations, activists, human rights groups, some public figures, intellectuals, elected officials and others have kept their worries very well exposed over the intensification of Islamophobia in the country.

I Live The Terrifying Reality Of Being On Canada's No-Fly List

Adam Ahmed | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Adam Ahmed

As an 18-year-old on Canada's no-fly list, I've realized what it means to be an adult and adjust to the responsibilities that come with it, I also have to deal with many fears and anxieties that most other people around my age do not have to face like boarding a plane with my friends an having to deal with any issues that may leave me stranded in a country not my own.

Help Make Canadian History By Denouncing Islamophobia

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Recent atrocities committed by Islamist radicals have painted all Muslims with a broad brush. The petition condemns these atrocities, but also affirms that the overwhelming majority of Canadian Muslims are not represented by these actions, and as such should not suffer discrimination on their basis.

Islamophobia Petition Will Not Make It A Hate Crime In Canada

Faisal Kutty | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

This is a wonderful idea with great symbolic and even practical value in this day and age of rampant Islamophobia. I urge everyone to sign this petition. I also encourage your family and friends to do the same. Yet some of the people contacting me believe that the petition will create a new hate offence of Islamophobia

Solidarity Between Minorities Is The Only Way To Beat Racism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

When stigma is attached to a community, there appear fewer persons ready to come to the defence of the targeted group. In part, members of other communities see such support as a partisan issue. Others fear that such defence will result in their being associated with the group that is deemed unpopular.

No, Canadian Islamic Schools Don't Teach Extremist Literature

Melanie Adrian | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Melanie Adrian

Alarming claims are made in the report: "It is not the presence of extremist literature in the mosque libraries that is worrisome. The problem is that there was nothing but extremist literature in the mosque libraries." The real problem, however, is the report itself.

Banning Religious Attire Will Only Create More Division In Society

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's too much to ask French citizens to explain how banning the burkini in any way diminishes security threats. If bans on religious attire that are so popular in France were indeed so constructive in the fight against terrorism why are the levels of anxiety continually on the rise in the country?

Secularism Shouldn't Exist In Opposition To A Religion

Abbas Kassam | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Alberta
Abbas Kassam

Last week, an Alberta Court upheld a ruling that found Webber Academy, a private high school, discriminated against two Muslim students by failing to provide a prayer space for them. Situations like that of Webber Academy beg the question about what is the nature of being non-denominational?

Muslims Must Speak Out To Let The World Know Black Lives Matter

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

The Prophet spent time uprooting the deep-rooted racism against black people. He admonished Muslims to be careful for the people of Paradise include black persons including Negus, Bilaal and Luqman. However, just as the black Companion Bilaal faced discrimination, black Muslims continue to face discrimination in Muslim spaces.

Security Trumps The Economy Among Immigration Opponents

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's quite clear that the federal government wants to increase the numbers of immigrants that the country accepts. Traditionally those arguing against taking in more immigrants insist that doing so will have a negative impact on the economy.

Trumpers Support A Muslim Ban They Know Will Never Work

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Many Americans likely realize that actually putting this thing into effect risks compromising a Constitution that Americans greatly value. The idea of building a wall between Mexico and the United States, while attractive to many Republicans, is surely seen as unrealistic by members of the GOP.

Islamic Organizations Are Key In Fighting Extremism

Islamic Relief Canada | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Islamic Relief Canada

Tackling extremism includes tackling its roots. After the heinous crimes perpetrated against Charlie Hebdo in Paris last year, the world united around the adage that read "violence can never silence an idea." It is imperative that this same methodology be applied when challenging extremist ideologies.

Muslim Group Gives $250,000 Eid Gift To Rebuild Fort McMurray Homes

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living

The first home rebuilt will go to a single mother of two.

Canada Deserves Better Than Those That Bash Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

On Canadian multiculturalism day the Prime Minister's multicultural message was bang on. Justin Trudeau declared that "Our roots reach out to every corner of the globe. We are from far and wide, and speak over 200 languages. Our national fabric is vibrant and varied, woven together by many cultures and heritages, and underlined by a core value of respect.

The Real Reason Why British MP-Killer Is Not Being Called A Terrorist

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Coverage did eventually begin discussing Mair's racist sympathies, but not before humanizing him as a community-minded, daffodil-planting individual suffering from mental illness. Such humanization and labelling restraint is rarely afforded to other ethnic and religious backgrounds.

A Ramadan Message For Muslims After The Orlando Tragedy

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

This Ramadan we must be reminded that there are those who fast from intimacy and physical love all the time because they are gay and their circumstances or their mindset make it impossible for them to find and fall in love with a partner of the same gender. Muslim family -- we know this is not how life is supposed to be lived.

Yes, Mr. Trump -- Saying Racist Things Makes You Racist

Jack Jedwab | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's never easy to defend politicians that repeatedly utter racist remarks in public. In Canada doing so would likely disqualify someone from holding the highest public office. Currently that does not appear to be the case in the United States.

Orlando Shooting Leaves LGBT Muslims In 'Precarious' Place: Activist

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada

The attack and its aftermath has underscored the confluence of homophobia and Islamophobia.

No, Muslims Aren't To Blame For Orlando Tragedy

Rob Oliphant | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Rob Oliphant

The human rights, criminal and marriage laws of Canada may have changed since I frequented my first gay nightclub almost four decades ago, but the scourges of homophobia continue still, now coupled with a new brand of American home-grown and well-armed terrorism. Orlando drove this message home in a deeply personal way. I went to my first gay bar when I was in my early 20s. I went in search of belonging, in search of friendship, in search of community. I went to be around people like me, hoping I would find a safe place and strength in numbers.

Muslims Must Do More Than Distance Themselves From Terrorism

Kacem El Ghazzali | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Kacem El Ghazzali

Muslims can learn from mother. They must be proactive in the fight against Islamist movements that lead to terrorism. Because self-distancing alone cannot fight terror. On the contrary, merely denying personal responsibility for an act tends to lead very quickly to the abrogation of the responsibility to act.

No Community Should Have To Publicly Denounce Extremism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

By virtue of a shared language, religion, skin colour or ethnic background, should we feel compelled to publicly denounce an individual that commits a criminal offence? Is it fair to assume that the absence of such a denunciation implies a tacit endorsement of the offender?

The Time Has Come For A 'Sexual Spring' In The Arab World

Kacem El Ghazzali | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Kacem El Ghazzali

When we say that nowadays to call for sexual freedom in Arab and Muslim societies is more dangerous than the demand to topple monarchies or dictatorial regimes, we are not playing with metaphor or attempting to gain sympathy. We are stating a bitter and painful fact of the reality in which we are living.

Canada Can Rise Above The 'Islam Versus The West' Narrative

Jack Jedwab | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Huntingdon's clash of civilizations narrative insists that there is an irreconcilable conflict between Islamic and Western Civilization. Paradoxically the leaders of global terrorist movements such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) unequivocally agree with Huntingdon's view and have done their best to propagate it.

Marine Le Pen: Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Visiting Canada on a European Parliament membership technicality with no federal or provincial parties willing to engage given her bigoted views (and possible stench of sulphur) has not prevented her from criticizing Canada's policies on immigration and multiculturalism. The terror attacks in Brussels have only added more ammunition to a sharp tongue already loaded with nationalist, nativist and jingoistic diatribe.

What A Trump Presidency Will Do To Canada

Jack Jedwab | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

When some may think it's best to mind their own business when a very close friend is about to make a really bad decision, I believe it's important to let them know. With the strong possibility that the highly divisive Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for the United States presidency, it is often out of friendship that many Canadians feel compelled to share their concerns with their neighbours to the south. After all, as friends, we don't want walls between us.