Canada Islam

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

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 10.21.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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.

Stop Telling "Moderate Muslims" What To Do

Davide Mastracci | Posted 10.09.2014 | Canada
Davide Mastracci

Ali A. Rizvi recently wrote an open letter to "moderate Muslims." I'm not sure if Rizvi's letter was directed toward me, as I don't measure my faith in chicken wing flavours, but I'm going to respond anyway. Rizvi's good will doesn't last long as he immediately begins to lecture Muslims about our "increasingly waning credibility" in the West.

Following Hajra in Mecca: Islam's Matriarchal Roots

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

At Hajj, we Muslims must walk 7 times between the hills of Safa and Marwa and at some point many touch the water from the well of Zam-Zam. Why? Because only in following the footsteps of Hajra do Muslims complete the Hajj. Who was Hajra? She was the founder of Mecca. Yes -- a woman founded Mecca. Islam has a matriarch. And not only was she a woman. She was a slave.

Ordinary Muslims Part 1: There Is No Islam In ISIS

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Recent news that several young Canadian men, including two Calgary brothers, died fighting for ISIS has shocked Canada's Muslim community -- the vast majority of whom scoff at the notion that the terrorists who have overrun Syria and Iraq are acting upon authentic Islamic teachings, much less a compose a "caliphate."

How Muslims Around The World Celebrate Eid

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living

Eid Al-Fitr is one of the most celebrated occasions in the Islamic calendar, and after a month of fasting, Muslims around the world have a good reason...

Islam's Sectarian War May Determine Your Gas Prices

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

The Iraqi government headed by Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, a Shiite, is far from perfect. It has failed to create a shared sense of nationalism in Iraq that unites the Shiites and Sunnis in peaceful co-existence. However, Prime Minister Maliki remains the world's best hope against the Jihadists who, if left unchecked, would continue to wage wars against Shiites and the West.

The Arab World Needs More Religious Discourse

Maëlle Turbide | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Maëlle Turbide

The problem today is not that religion still exists or that some people are religious.The problem lies in the animosity that persists between the different religions. The reality is that religious diversity is not likely to disappear. Acceptance and encouragement of coexistence between all religions is what will bring us toward a more peaceful society.

Blame Human Nature For Boko Haram, Not Islam

Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan

In the United States gruesome murders are common and merit only passing attention. In a shooting spree, also in April, three people were killed at a Jewish community centre near Kansas City. The media did not mention the religion of the accused. Had they been Muslim their religion, and perhaps Muslims in general, would have been maligned.

Boko Haram-Type Groups Exist in Every Muslim Society

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Boko Haram may seem like a remote African tribe that abducts girls, threatens to kill them, and marries them off against their will. Some introspection would reveal that the same tendencies are alive and instrumental in all Muslim societies.

Will Arabia's Malcolm X Go Free?

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 06.25.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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."