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Ramadan Changes What Food Means to Me

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

Fasting itself does not help those less fortunate. However, the person fasting has a heightened awareness of how it feels to be hungry and therefore how those less fortunate feel being hungry every day. Knowing is one thing, but experiencing is completely different.

Straight Muslim Allies of Same-Sex Unions Must Come Out of the Closet

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

In the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Muslim academic Jonathan Brown argued that Muslims would respect same-sex unions if sharia-based marriages were respected in return. He rejects the case for Muslim same-sex unions for reasons that include the classical definition of marriage, texts on Lot's people and the allied prohibition of anal sex.

My Struggle to Dress Appropriately During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

The one aspect I constantly struggle with every Ramadan is my clothing choice. I feel that if I am fasting, I should dress closer in accordance with the Muslim dress code. But is my ultimate goal that one day I will leave Ramadan dressing more conservatively for the rest of the year? I am not sure, but maybe.

How I Let My 6-Year-Old Fast During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Safiyya Vankalwala

Six years ago, I could not imagine the day my son would go into grade 1, let along imagine my son asking me if he can fast. Last week, he said to me: "I want to fast with you and dad. Please, please, please!" I was silent at first, not knowing how to tell him that there is no way I am letting him fast 17 hours.

As a Diabetic, Here's How I'll Try to Fast for 19 Hours

Tania Budhwani | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Tania Budhwani

Traditionally, Muslims are not allowed to eat throughout the day while they fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Although individuals with illnesses are usually exempt from fasting, I try my best to do what I can. It's an interesting struggle to keep the balance between fulfilling my religious responsibilities and keeping my health in check. The criticism is endless, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! My doctors have advised me against fasting numerous times, but I think it should be a personal choice.

Make A New Muslim Friend This Ramadan

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches on June 18, 2015, Muslim families across the country will be gathering together in the evenings for iftar, the...

10 Challenges I'll Face Every day During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

Ramadan is scheduled to commence later this week and I am not looking forward to it. The Islamic calendar is lunar based, so Ramadan shifts by approximately 10 days every year. Fasting during the winter months is easy with dawn being so late and sunset being so early. Fasting during the summer months is brutal -- dawn is currently at 3:45 a.m. and sunset is at 9 p.m.

The Cycling Cleric's Inspiration - The Ultimate Gift From One Brother to Another

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

Some call him a hero, but Imad Zammar says that if his mom, Freida Zammar, is present, she is quick to correct them and say, "he's not a hero -- he did what you are supposed to do -- for family." Maybe, but not everyone saves their older brother's life by giving him a kidney. And that is exactly what Zammar did.

Gay Muslim Men Shouldn't Be Pressured into Heterosexual Marriages

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Gay Muslims living in straight marriages end up exploiting "practicing sisters" and are fully abetted by clueless "Imams" who claim that they know many Muslims who have overcome their feelings through living a "good, Islamic way of life." Such Imams and gay Muslims are more concerned about identity politics than about human dignity and justice.

Quebec Must Address its Growing Climate of Islamophobia

Samer Majzoub | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Recently, Quebec has witnessed very alarming anti-Muslim and anti-Islam rhetoric that has led to moral onslaught against citizens of Muslim faith. The discriminatory campaigns against any group of citizens due to their religious or ethnic background will lead to unhealthy social harmony within any society.

Pulling Kids Out of New Sex-Ed Classes Will Only Breed Fear and Hate

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

Under the new curriculum, nay-saying parents have the option of pulling their kids out of sex-ed class. But should they? As a fellow parent of three children in the Ontario public education system, I say no. You can pull your kids out of sex-ed. And maybe one day you will also pull them out of classes that teach about climate change and evolution. Perhaps you don't trust the teacher who might be gay and so you find a way to pull your kids out of his or her class. You are teaching your kids to run from what they fear and instill in them hatred of others. Isn't it better to arm them with knowledge, teach them to respect differences and then trust them?

Wearing a Niqab or a Veil Is Not a Requirement of Islam

Tahir Gora | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Tahir Gora

We need to understand the difference between being separate and being moderate. There is also a need to understand that most Muslim women who don't wear these emblems are still followers of Islam. The conclusion of this debate should be that wearing a particular item of dress should be a person's choice. Showing yourself -- your identity -- should be a choice made by society.

Hey Harper, Mosques Don't Create Terrorists

Davide Mastracci | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Davide Mastracci

On January 30, a reporter asked Harper how newly-introduced anti-terror legislation will differentiate between somebody who is "radicalized" and "a teen who's just messing around in the basement." Harper answered by saying promoting terrorism is a serious offence no matter "what the age of the person is, or whether they're in a basement, or whether they're in a mosque or somewhere else." Harper's response to this question associates hundreds of mosques across the country with the promotion of terrorism and violence and is misguided for multiple reasons.

This Video Proves Canadians Choose Acceptance Over Hate

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Impact

Canadians have a reputation for being some of the world's kindest people. This video proves that to be true. YouTuber AsoOmii Jay teamed up with T...

King Abdullah Leaves A Legacy of Shame

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Last week King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 90. From the time he received the throne in 1995 until the day he died, Abdullah watched, mostly in silence, as the world became mired in religious extremism and as blame for the chaos fell squarely upon the shoulders of ordinary Muslims. Abdullah knew and implicitly sealed the export of hateful Wahabism from Saudi Arabia's borders to all corners of the earth, ignoring centuries of tradition from its Islamic anti-thesis, Sufism.

In the wake of Charlie Hebdo, we should ask uncomfortable questions

Jason Najum | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Jason Najum

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Martin Luther King is famed for using this quote during the civil rights movement. I love it. But more than justice which can sometimes never be had, I think it bends towards progress. Things eventually do change. So ask difficult questions. Have uncomfortable conversations. Things can and will change, but not on their own. Every step forward was made of million tiny struggles. The arc bends towards progress, but it's us that must bend it.

The Racism Behind #JeSuisCharlie

Julian Vigo | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Julian Vigo

Now a few days after the horrific attack in Paris, hashtag #JeSuisCharlie floats about the Internet as a neoliberal nod of solidarity to those who were killed in yesterday's attack. While I see its good intentions, in the big picture this hashtag serves as a demonstration of alliance with that coveted icon of western identity: freedom of speech. But make no mistake, the reasons the perpetrators carried out this attack were more complex than simply freedom of speech. For what is pitifully lacking in most every media representation of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo is the historical background of what this attack was about.

Book Review: From Holy War to Global Peace

Farzana Hassan | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada
Farzana Hassan

Dr. Khalid Sohail's book, From Holy War to Global Peace published by Multiline Publications Lahore, is a timely and effective addressal of much of the...

The Movement To Ban Religious Law is Racist and Bigoted

Faisal Kutty | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

The movement to ban foreign and/or religious law, according to the New York Times, is the brainchild of an Islamophobic lawyer, David Yerushalmi, who has been described by the Anti-Defamation League as having a record of "anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-black bigotry.

Muslim Cleric Offering Checklist To Help Converts Avoid Extremism

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Politics

CALGARY - A prominent Muslim cleric wants to distribute a checklist to help steer new and potential converts to Islam away from the path to extremism....

Why Is Zehaf-Bibeau a Terrorist But Not Justin Bourque?

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Christopher Stuart Taylor

Zehaf-Bibeau was driven by "political and ideological motives" in the murder of Cpl. Cirillo. Even before the day was out, our Prime Minister came out and labelled him a terrorist, without truly knowing who he was and why he did what he did. Knowing that Bourque intentionally targeted five Mounties, murdering three in cold blood in June, how come he wasn't (and still hasn't been) vilified as a terrorist?

I Can Only Pray There Will Be a Thousand More Malalas

Murtaza Haider | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Murtaza Haider

Millions around the world rejoiced when Malala Yousafzai won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Today, Canada will embrace Malala by granting her an honourary citizenship to recognize and celebrate her efforts to educate the girls in Pakistan. Today, we must also expose and confront the distorted narratives of those in Pakistan who systematically misconstrue facts and figures to discredit her.

Post-Shooting, Muslim Canadians Stand in Solidarity With Our Country

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shahla Khan Salter

Ordinary Muslim Canadians in Ottawa on Wednesday had the same worries and concerns as everyone else. As Canadians we are blessed to live in a nation where everyone is free and equal under the law. Our organizations, among others, work to wipe out extremism both at home and abroad and will continue.

An Open Letter From Some Muslims Who Love Canada and Human Rights

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

On Tuesday, October 7 the Harper government voted for military action against ISIS/ISIL notwithstanding all opposition parties opposed it. We are concerned that Canada may become further targeted by extremists and that Canadians, including members of our armed forces and our police, may be placed in greater danger as a result of its participation in the war.

Criticizing Religious Beliefs Doesn't Make You a Bigot

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Living
Nishaan Sharma

When we, as atheists, say that Islam is the problem with the Middle East, we aren't saying that Muslims as people are the issue, we really are saying that the root of the crisis is the system of ancient, outmoded beliefs. Belief in Allah is not merely an identity marker, it is a belief that is acted upon, and criticizing this belief doesn't make one a racist.