Canada Islam

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

Tahir Gora | Posted 02.19.2015 | 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 02.11.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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 01.13.2015 | 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.

Stop Telling "Moderate Muslims" What To Do

Davide Mastracci | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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.