Canada Islam

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

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!

My Growing Family Has Changed My Eid Traditions

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

I will miss Ramadan, but I am also ready to say goodbye until next year. The gifts for the kids are packed, henna on my hands has been applied, the house will get decorated today, and brunch food is in preparation mode. We are ready for Eid. Eid Mubarak/Happy Eid to everyone!

How Ramadan Can Get Lonely

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

I look forward to Eid, but as Eid approaches, I start to miss Ramadan. Many of my Muslim friends share the same bittersweet feeling. I am not sure if I would feel the same bittersweet feeling if I was observing Ramadan on my own, or at least not to the same extent. A partner in crime is a must.

Ramadan Changes What Food Means to Me

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

Fasting itself does not help those less fortunate. However, the person fasting has a heightened awareness of how it feels to be hungry and therefore how those less fortunate feel being hungry every day. Knowing is one thing, but experiencing is completely different.

Straight Muslim Allies of Same-Sex Unions Must Come Out of the Closet

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

In the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Muslim academic Jonathan Brown argued that Muslims would respect same-sex unions if sharia-based marriages were respected in return. He rejects the case for Muslim same-sex unions for reasons that include the classical definition of marriage, texts on Lot's people and the allied prohibition of anal sex.

My Struggle to Dress Appropriately During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

The one aspect I constantly struggle with every Ramadan is my clothing choice. I feel that if I am fasting, I should dress closer in accordance with the Muslim dress code. But is my ultimate goal that one day I will leave Ramadan dressing more conservatively for the rest of the year? I am not sure, but maybe.

How I Let My 6-Year-Old Fast During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Safiyya Vankalwala

Six years ago, I could not imagine the day my son would go into grade 1, let along imagine my son asking me if he can fast. Last week, he said to me: "I want to fast with you and dad. Please, please, please!" I was silent at first, not knowing how to tell him that there is no way I am letting him fast 17 hours.

As a Diabetic, Here's How I'll Try to Fast for 19 Hours

Tania Budhwani | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Tania Budhwani

Traditionally, Muslims are not allowed to eat throughout the day while they fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Although individuals with illnesses are usually exempt from fasting, I try my best to do what I can. It's an interesting struggle to keep the balance between fulfilling my religious responsibilities and keeping my health in check. The criticism is endless, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! My doctors have advised me against fasting numerous times, but I think it should be a personal choice.

Make A New Muslim Friend This Ramadan

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Living

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches on June 18, 2015, Muslim families across the country will be gathering together in the evenings for iftar, the...

10 Challenges I'll Face Every day During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
Safiyya Vankalwala

Ramadan is scheduled to commence later this week and I am not looking forward to it. The Islamic calendar is lunar based, so Ramadan shifts by approximately 10 days every year. Fasting during the winter months is easy with dawn being so late and sunset being so early. Fasting during the summer months is brutal -- dawn is currently at 3:45 a.m. and sunset is at 9 p.m.

The Cycling Cleric's Inspiration - The Ultimate Gift From One Brother to Another

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

Some call him a hero, but Imad Zammar says that if his mom, Freida Zammar, is present, she is quick to correct them and say, "he's not a hero -- he did what you are supposed to do -- for family." Maybe, but not everyone saves their older brother's life by giving him a kidney. And that is exactly what Zammar did.