Canada Islam

The Difference Between Community And Religious Schools

Samer Majzoub | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Samer Majzoub

There is general belief that Islamic schools are religious educational bodies, and the kind of courses taught is based on Islamic theology. This is a false understanding. It is important to note that the majority of these schools are either don't or only partially receive subventions from provincial authorities.

Embracing 'Radical' Christianity Can Defeat The Islamic State

Robert D. Onley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Robert D. Onley

"Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you." This verse, objectively radical given its relevance today, is particularly applicable in the context of terrorist violence, where strangers are willing to viciously stab, shoot and murder total strangers. One need only think back to the Paris attacks and ask: how can such hatred be justified?

Inside Allah, The One Divine Mother And The Conscience Of Islam

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

Traditionally acknowledged by all Islamic schools of thought as being beyond gender, Allah is regarded as encompassing both masculine and feminine characteristics. Nonetheless, in contradiction of this concept, the vast majority of Muslims now refer to Allah by the masculine pronoun of "He" without reservation and in the Quran the pronoun "She" is never mentioned.

Sufism: How Creativity Can Reconnect Us With Nature

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

Humanity is seen to be independent from nature, even above it. This has been the Western vision of the world. In poisoning the earth, we were led on a self-destructive path. But I try to invoke here an alternative vision, expressed by Islamic (Sufi) arts, which finds that the way humanity relates and depends on nature can be renewed once the creative life is reclaimed.

Faith And Giving: What Do Various Religions Have In Common?

Marina Glogovac | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Marina Glogovac

There is much commonality between religions in urging us to overcome our attachments to money, property and the material, to give generously of ourselves in as many ways as possible, and to realize that nothing is ours. In many ways, it's a call to overcome our selfish nature and to realize our deep interconnectedness with each other and all of creation.

What Donald Trump's Words Feel Like To Muslims Like Me

Deena Douara | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Deena Douara

I'll tell you how it feels to hear Trump -- a front-running candidate to lead the world's most powerful country -- say he wants a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." How it feels to hear supporters say "send them all back."

My Husband Is In Prison For Exercising His Freedom Of Expression

Ensaf Haidar | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Ensaf Haidar

Freedom of expression has cost my husband, Raif Badawi, his own freedom. As we speak, he is locked inside a small cell in a remote prison in Saudi Arabia; a country where censorship prevails. A country, my country, which views women as second class citizens. A country, my husband's country, that he so loves -- all of its land, its women and men, his love of his country, which extends right up to the doors of Shura, which is set on ruining the aspirations of an entire people. A country where the young are choking in a whisper that should be a scream.

Donald Trump Should Be Treated Like The Extremist He Is

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

As the media vigorously tries to answer the root causes of radicalism, I wish they would do the same about the outrageous Republican candidate that is Mr. Trump. What, or who, radicalized him? His actions mirror the fanatics and extremists who seek to divide us and create mistrust and hate between neighbours.

I'm Canadian, But Trump Makes Me Want To Be American

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Before I talk about the wretched Muslims ruining America, I'm going to admit I'm not American. I am Canadian, which I realize is pretty unfortunate. To make up for this deficiency, I've always pretended to be American. I pretend because it is feels great to be "exceptional" and more civilized than the rest of the world. I pretend because it makes me feel safer to fear others who are different. I pretend because American Republican politicians aren't afraid to demonstrate their overt bigotry by generalizing an entire group of people. Now, it's time to finally stop pretending and fulfill my true destiny.

Rejecting Political Islam Can Help Counter ISIS' Ideology

Tahir Gora | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Tahir Gora

Why aren't more Muslims living in the West actively speaking out against a series of terror acts inspired by Islamic State ideology? Are the press releases against such acts released by traditional Islamic centres enough to show our solidarity with our neighbours? These are the questions in my mind.

This Book Rests On A False Premise About ISIS

Farzana Hassan | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Farzana Hassan

Journalist Gwynne Dyer's book Don't Panic: ISIS, Terror and Today's Middle East rests on the premise that ISIS poses no major threat to the Western world. Dyer suggests the West is not affected by events in Syria and must not be involved in the civil war. However, there is a moral imperative that we need to acknowledge.

Heartbreaking Poem Captures What It Means To Experience Islamophobia

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Living

"One day she broke down, the comments made her drown."

Five Truths You Should Know About Terrorism And Islam

Faisal Kutty | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living
Faisal Kutty

Islam unambiguously opposes terror tactics -- terrorism is not a religious ritual but a military strategy. Muslims condemn terrorism because it is as antithetical to their worldview. Almost all iterations of Islamic law explicitly classifies hirabah (terrorism and highway robbery) as a major sin. Indeed, the Qur'an proclaims: "If anyone kills a person without justification, it is as if they have killed the whole of humanity." Moreover, the Prophet Mohammed's strict rules of engagement even in times of hostility were blunt: "Do not kill women or children or non-combatants."

Not In The Name Of My Faith

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 11.14.2015 | Canada
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

In the aftermath of these horrible atrocities, it is everyday Muslims around the world; particularly in the West that brace themselves for the aftermath. For the hate speech, instances of racism and inevitable discrimination that follow.

Catalyzing Female Labour Force Participation In Pakistan

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Pakistan is a diverse country and females account for a large portion of the population. Recently, it has becoming increasingly difficult to discuss the challenges that Pakistani women face. There is a dire need to promote the education of females by launching awareness campaigns at the national level, because in order to educate a nation, you need to educate its women.

Engaged Muslim Voters Are the 'Radicals' Harper's Most Afraid Of

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Canadian Muslims have views about gender equity that far surpass the niqab. Canada ranks far lower in gender equity in comparison to some other nations from 20 years ago. The wage gap has not closed. Childcare remains costly. Canadian streets remain unsafe at night. Women's shelters have long waiting lists and some have closed. On Oct. 19, commit the most subversive act you can -- vote.

Don't Make My Religion an Election Issue

Tahir Gora | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Tahir Gora

Please don't portray the niqab issue as a Muslim issue. The vast majority of Canadian Muslims think that the traditional veil is clearly a mark of separation, and consider it an element of the fanatical side of Islam. A tiny percentage of stubborn members of Muslim community is causing unnecessary tension between the government and Muslim community on one hand, and between the Muslim community and society at large on the other.

As a Muslim, I Think Canada Should Ban the Niqab and Burka in Public

Raheel Raza | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Raheel Raza

In the 25 years I have called Canada home, I have seen a steady rise of Muslim women being strangled in the pernicious black tent that is passed off to naïve and guilt-ridden white, mainstream Canadians as an essential Islamic practice. The niqab and burka have nothing to do with Islam. They're the political flags of the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, the Taliban, al-Qaida and Saudi Arabia. Now I learn I have not only to fight the medieval, theocratic adherents of my faith for a safe space for myself, I have to battle the Federal Court of Canada as well.

H&M's Hijab-Wearing Muslim Model Challenges Stereotypes

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Style
Aya Al-Hakim

These women aren't separating their spirituality from personal or creative expression. By having the mainstream fashion industry represent women and men from different cultural and religious backgrounds, stereotypes and beliefs towards a group of people can be challenged. It is a step towards making unseen people seen.

Stephen Harper's Islamophobia Is a Product of Canadian Muslim Apathy

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

We have seen how "Islamicism" has become a convenient tool for the government to employ a more aggressive foreign policy. Although it's easy for Canadian Muslims to lay blame on the Conservatives and Stephen Harper for such discriminatory and exploitative tactics (and doing so would be justifiable), it would also be disingenuous. The current situation is simply a culmination of years of political apathy from the Muslim community whose voter turnout is consistently below the national average.

At This Church, Muslim Refugees Converting To Christianity In Droves

CP | Kirsten Grieshaber, The Associated Press | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada

Germany is witnessing an unprecedented surge of asylum-seekers this year, with the number of migrants expected to reach 800,000 this year.

Canadian Muslims Must Use Their Votes This Election

Steven Zhou | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Steven Zhou

This year's election will probably mark a watershed when it comes to how the Muslims see themselves politically. Different narratives animate various camps within the community, but there seem to be sizeable movement on both ends of the spectrum.

Islam's Lunatic Fringe and Islamophobes Have a Lot in Common

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada
Saqib Qureshi

Often two individuals or groups who detest each other have more in common than they'd like to admit. Islam's lunatic fringe and their comrade Islamophobes are such bedfellows. And their supporters, who intellectualize to legitimate their xenophobias are just as much mirror images of each other.

Breaking Down 5 Misconceptions About Muslims

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada
Saqib Qureshi

In both the U.S. and Canada, Muslims face real scrutiny, fanned by politicians out to earn xenophobic votes and media folk out to sell copies. North American society, on both sides of the border, needs to get to grips with five key misconceptions if it wants to contribute to a clean, prejudice-free society.

12 Times Eid Was So Great You Wanted To Cry Happy Tears

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living

Food! Food! Food!