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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

Diversity Requires Effort For All Canadians

Raj Grewal | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Raj Grewal

Discrimination still exists and the racist posters that surfaced across the University of Alberta campus this week were a reminder of that fact. The posters featured a picture of a Sikh man and disparaging captions targeting Sikh values. As a turban-wearing Sikh, the hatred and ignorance that motivates such material is very close to home for me and the broader Sikh community.

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.

Updating 5 Muslim Beliefs On Homosexuality

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Conservative Muslims believe that the earliest jurists and exegetes have best explained and analyzed the Qur'an and the Hadith. However, it is importa...

Logistical Rules Do Not Hinder Muslim Same-Sex Unions

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Dr. Mohammad Fadel, a Professor at the University of Toronto, offered a reflection on the possible theological inclusion of gay Muslims in Islam. His ...

LGBT Muslims Should Reject Misery Sold As Compassion

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

There is no compulsion in religion, judgment is faced alone and scholars are not taken as lords besides Allah. Indeed, we are accountable for our own understanding of the texts. In contrast, the orthodox scholars and their mentally enslaved minions usurp this freedom by foisting their beliefs on fellow Muslims.

Fractured Jerusalem Reminds Us Of Our Need To Reconnect And Heal

Mohamad Jebara | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Living
Mohamad Jebara

Far from being a "city of peace," it was and remains a fractured and divided city, echoing the fragmentation found within all people. Jerusalem teaches us that each time our life seems destroyed and razed to the ground, it can be rebuilt and life has to go on.

Turkish President Erdogan Wrong To Blame Man Of Prayer For Coup

Gregory Baum | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Gregory Baum

I am appalled by the accusation of Turkey's president, Mr. Erdogan, singling out Rev. Fethullah Gülen as instigator of the recent military putsch. I am appalled because I am familiar with the work of this Turkish sage, have studied his thought and learned how he understands his mission in society.

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.

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.

Je Suis Humanity

Jari Qudrat | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

If our social media profiles can tint in support of Paris, Belgium, and Orlando, then why not change for Turkey, Bangladesh, and Iraq? Innocent lives taken in Turkey airport, and no vigils, or landmarks, but when an attack of similar degree took place in Brussels we did all of the above. I'm often asked why Muslims don't speak out enough, but perhaps this is something we all need to work on.

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.

I Think I Am Muslim, Therefore I Am

Jari Qudrat | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

Is it too much to ask in the 21st century to self-identify based on the beliefs you hold so dearly? After all, who has the right to tell me who I am and who I'm not? Apparently the Pakistani government does, who have declared the Ahmadiyya community "infidel" and non-Muslim since the infamous ruling in 1974.

Building More Mosques Won't Solve Canada's Islamophobia Problem

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Saqib Qureshi

Tackling Islamophobia or Canadian Muslim unemployment is a problem not just for Canadian Muslims, but for all Canadians. That being said, if Canadian Muslims don't lead the effort to tackle these issues, including educating that same society and state, little will get accomplished.

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.

Politicians Need To Recognize And Address The 'Jihad' Mindset In Canada

Tahir Gora | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada
Tahir Gora

In the wake of the Orlando Massecre, we are hearing so many confusing statements and stories from our Canadian politicians and media based on the poli...

Orlando Massacre: Today's Religions Foster A Climate Of Intolerance

James Di Fiore | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Living
James Di Fiore

The truth is, even for some devout believers, there is an honest recognition that our ancient institutions are in need of an overhaul, a modernization process where even the words of god himself are openly criticized and whose hateful messages are ultimately abandoned.

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.

Why Muslims Around The World Are Fasting For Ramadan

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

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 almost 18 hours) it invigorates your other senses in many ways.

Refusing To Let Religion Define Menstruation

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

In Western culture, the dominating monotheistic religions have been a strong influence in alienating women from their own bodies by enforcing the belief that menstruating women are unclean and spiritually inferior. Judaism, Christianity and Islam view menstruation as a punishment from God.

Reading 'The God Delusion' In The Arab World

Kacem El Ghazzali | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada
Kacem El Ghazzali

In the Arabic translation of The God Delusion, under the title, Bassam added the words: "This book is banned in Islamic countries." It is fortunate and wonderful that the banning of books in the Arab and Islamic worlds is no longer feasible in our new age of information.

A More Diverse Islam Can Help End Muslim Extremism

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Competing Islamic narratives should have the power to marginalize supremacist streaks employed by exclusivists and violent extremists alike. This necessitates modeling mainstream Muslim spaces that are gender-equal, LGBT-affirming and religiously plural to include Shias, Ismailis, Bohras and Ahmadis, amongst others.

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.

Islam Is Not A Religion Of Peace In Societies Where Faith Is Law

Kacem El Ghazzali | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Kacem El Ghazzali

Do tolerance and social peace prevail in Muslim-majority countries which enshrine "Islam" in law? Nowadays in most such countries, atheists, apostates and those who convert to another religion are persecuted. In a religion of peace, freedom of conscience and belief should be guaranteed to everyone.

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.