Canada Islam

Will Arabia's Malcolm X Go Free?

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

Co-founder of the Liberal Muslim Network in Saudi Arabia, Raif Badawi, has been in jail in Jeddah since June, 2012. His imprisonment and if he is executed, his death, would only prove what the Kingdom already knows, as captured in the words of the late, great Malcolm X that, "power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression."

Don't Separate 'Honour Crimes' From Other Violence Against Women

Amy Awad | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada
Amy Awad

There are thoughtful and effective ways to look at all the facets of violence against women and it can certainly be done without promoting bigotry. For example, in March, the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Rape Crisis, and Algonquin College partnered to put on a full day event on violence in the name of honour.

The Week In Review: When Rights Collide, Seek Common Sense

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

The collective freakout Canadian commentators seem to be having about a collision of religious and gender rights is overblown. Yes, some decisions must be made that won't please everyone. But usually the people involved can figure things out sensibly, without human rights commissions or TV commentators dictating the correct answers. Because realistically, those answers will differ in each case. If we concentrate more on protecting the overarching right of individuals to act as they see fit, then the complicated calculations (Does gender trump religion? Does creed trump sexual orientation?) will take care of themselves.

At York University: Is the Issue Religious Accommodation or Gender Harassment?

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

By demanding a male student have no interaction with female students didn't the university administration disregard the right of female students to full and equal status at York University? Didn't the university administration fail in its duty to make efforts to protect the female students from gender discrimination?

Halifax Teen Felt 'Degraded' After Gender Separation

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada

When a Muslim man enrolled in Sonja Power's martial arts class, the Halifax teenager had no idea that her hobby of nine years was about to become poli...

Fox News and a Few Conservative Muslim Leaders are Real Scrooges

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

On December 6, Slate Magazine published an essay by Aisha Harris entitled, "Santa Claus Should Not be A White Man Anymore." In a response that went viral, Megyn Kelly of Fox News said: "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white..." Ironically, Kelly's intolerance, expressed during a season that ought to be filled with giving, love and acceptance, is nothing new. As a Muslim, it reminds me of those conservative Muslim leaders, on the same cold end of the Scrooge barometer as Kelly, who advise us Muslims that we better not wish anyone a Merry Christmas.

How Muslim Parents Can Help End Bullying in Schools

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shahla Khan Salter

Some kids have been targeted by bullies because the hatred towards gays, lesbians, trans and "others" runs so deep in North American society that even appearing different may merit ostracization. Who are we to complain about bigotry against our children if we perpetuate it against others? And so we must ask them, our fellow (otherwise peaceful) Muslim parents, how does the intolerance you teach at home, affect all our youth and our Muslim communities?

Is It Time to Hazard Peace With Iran?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Peace means something else in Islam and it behooves us to negotiate peace respecting their definition. If we are going to abide by the belief that all cultures are equal then we must accept the views of those with whom we negotiate a priori when we sit down to discuss and hazard peace.

Meet the Woman Driving Change in Saudi Arabia

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shahla Khan Salter

On Saturday, October 26, more than 60 Saudi women got behind the wheel and drove in Saudi Arabia to challenge the ban on women driving in that country. Some of them posted their videos on YouTube. Several people were detained and fined. Last week I interviewed another brave woman who drove on October 26, human rights activist and photographer, Samia El-Moslimany.

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

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

When I leaned over and asked a woman in a movie theatre to please put her cellphone away, she started yelling at me. She AND her husband called me an F'ing TERRORIST repeatedly. Does the colour of my skin or the fact that I wear a piece of cloth on my head make it alright to lambaste me in public in front of my child and her friends?

How the Québécois Got Trapped by 'Civic Nationalism'

Jackson Doughart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

Quebec is an advanced democratic society, complete with dominant leftist movements such as anticlericalism, feminism, and social welfarism. In fact, the motto of Quebec society could well be laïcité, égalité, sororité.

'Stop The Islamization Of America' Co-Founder Allowed Into Canada For Talk

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - A Canadian Muslim organization is calling on Ottawa to spell out how it decides whether to allow controversial foreign speakers into the cou...

The Hidden Genocide of Muslims

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I've been reading about the war in Burma/Myanmar. It's a conflict between the Buddhist Burmese majority and approximately 800,000 Royhingya Muslims in the Arakan (Rakhine) State. They are among the world's least wanted and most persecuted people.

This Is Why Quebec Must Remove Religion from the Public Sphere

Karim Akouche | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada
Karim Akouche

On September 7th and 8th at the Palais des congrès in Montreal, Islamic fanatics will preach the revealed Word, denouncing the Crusades and blaming our women. I saw this type of preaching in the stadiums and streets of Algeria in the early 1990s, which led to over 200,000 deaths and infinite suffering. So how can I keep silent?

Bill Haines | Posted 10.19.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

Like millions of other people, I watched the Fox News interview with Reza, and I found him to be a very likeable guy, writing sincerely his "take" on Jesus. But if you get a chance this summer, why not balance Reza's "liberal" take on the life of Christ with C.S. Lewis's conservative "take." And to help with this here is my book review of Lewis' famous book, "Mere Christianity."

Fox News and Saudia Arabia Have More in Common Than You Think

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

Last Friday Dr. Reza Aslan was interviewed by Fox News on his recent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Bigotry reigned as Green repeatedly asked Aslan why as a "Muz-lim" he would write a book about Jesus. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, another secular Muslim sat in a Saudi prison, awaiting his sentence. His crime? Attempting to liberalize religion in Saudi Arabia and criticizing religious police.

Is Quebec Good Enough for Canada?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

The secular fundamentalism as practiced in the province of Quebec is destructive to the bi-lingual, multi-ethnic fabric of Canada. Quebec's narrative of uni-lingualism, uni-culturalism and uni-ethnic absolutism is a throwback to tribalism that flourishes in parts of Africa and the Middle East.

The Rise of Low-Cost Terrorism

Robert Barrett, PhD | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada
Robert Barrett, PhD

Encouraged by underground support communities, Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists usually act on their own without direct operational control or funding from international terrorist networks. This differs greatly from the 9/11 attacks, which were heavily orchestrated and funded through international terrorist affiliates.

Welcome to Canada, Rimsha Masih!

Tahir Gora | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Tahir Gora

Persecuted teen girl, Rimsha Masih from Pakistan -- who made worldwide headlines last August when she got arrested by Islamabad police on accusations of burning pages from Koran -- has arrived in Canada. Welcome to Canada, Rimsha Masih!

Islam At War -- With Itself

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Muslim societies have evolved into places where revenge is confused with justice, forgiveness with weakness, and peace with cowardice. These are the places where unholy men wage holy wars against unarmed civilians, pitting Muslims against other Muslims.

Disguised in the Name of Islam

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

In the last few months the world has witnessed, once again, atrocities planned and in two cases, carried out, disguised in the name of Islam. The debate among Muslims in the West is filled with tension. And as Muslims what more must we do to stop the chaos, in addition to demanding changes in our Western countries' foreign policies?

Don't Confuse Islam With Islamism

Tahir Gora | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada
Tahir Gora

Are there enough moderate Muslims to counter Islamism and Islamists? Not yet. More and more progressive Muslims need to come to the fore in order to defeat Islamism.

U.K. Beheading Shows It's Time To Fight the Doctrine of Jihad

Tarek Fatah | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada
Tarek Fatah

As a Muslim, I can say without fear, the latest terror attack -- the brutal hacking death of a British soldier by two fearless jihadis chanting "Allah O Akbar" -- has a basis in Islam. It's time for us Muslims to dig our heads out of the sand.

Death and Re-birth in Kurdistan

Trevor Gair | Posted 07.18.2013 | Canada Travel
Trevor Gair

I visited northern Iraq for a reason. It does not boast the historical monuments of neighboring Syria nor a wide range of landscapes like Turkey, however I had read that the ethnic Kurdish people ranked second to none for hospitality.

Immigrants Bringing Religion With Them

CP | Benjamin Shingler, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Lonely, depressed and missing her family in the Philippines, Cosette Pena looked to God in hopes of finding comfort in her new adoptive cou...