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To Our Muslim Sisters: Don't Let Faith Stop You From Getting Married

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

Some Muslim women are out dating amazing men of other faiths. Some are falling in love. Some are planning futures with them - and hoping and praying that their families and communities will accept their interfaith relationship. But is it up to communities to decide what is acceptable for a Muslim woman? No.

Anti-Islamophobia Motion Shows World What Canadians Stand For

Richad Hirani | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Richad Hirani

Canada has sent a powerful message that reverberates across all factions: Canada stands with Muslims. This is what M-103 accomplishes. And this is the kind of religious tolerance and inclusiveness that make Canada a model for diversity around the world.

Muslim Women Can Marry Outside The Faith

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

The objective of this blog is to resist juristic opinions that forbid Muslim women from marrying outside the faith. Many Muslim scholars and Imams affirm interfaith marriages of Muslim women to non-Muslim men. Ten such voices follow.

Hateful Muslim Imams Do Not Speak For Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Critics of Islam cannot paint millions of diverse Muslims in Canada with the viewpoints of a few clerics while ignoring the voices of Muslims that do not fit their agenda. Likewise, Muslims cannot remain quiet when supremacist speakers speak on behalf of their religion.

Ahmadi Muslims, Let's Use Mahershala Ali's Oscar Win To Talk About The Arts

Osman Shah | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada
Osman Shah

As a first-generation Pakistani-Canadian-immigrant, I can tell you that some stereotypes are based on truths. The one you hear about immigrant parents...

We Need To Discuss The Clash Of Cultures At Our Doorstep

Karen Lin | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Karen Lin

Given what is happening right around us and in the world at large, means that it is high time to pause and talk about things bothering some Canadians, and doing it without a political agenda, without interference, and without shouting down the other side.

A Month After The Shooting, We Canadian Muslims Are Still Not OK

Osman Shah | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Living
Osman Shah

Unless you're Facebook friends with all the Muslims in this country: we don't know that you're thinking about us - we don't know that you care. However uncomfortable you think you are feeling, it's not as bad as the sadness we feel from your real-life silence.

Wake Up Canada, Islamophobia Is Not New To This Country

Adrienne Martin | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Adrienne Martin

Islamophobia has been an issue here in Canada, long before Donald Trump. Although the country is home to more than one million Muslims, more than half of Canadians have an "unfavourable" view of Islam, according to a 2013 Angus Reid Global poll.

If Trudeau Won't Defend M-103, Why Should We?

Howard Anglin | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Howard Anglin

When Rebel Media sent out emails claiming that "Canada is on the verge of passing a law that would prohibit criticizing Islam" and that "If this motion passes, Canadians can be persecuted for expressing any criticism of Islam, even when warranted," I pointed out that M-103 is a motion, not a law, and that it will not change a single comma of existing speech legislation. Apparently, Prime Minister Trudeau disagrees.

Canada Needs To Recognize The Reality Of Islamism

Jérôme Blanchet-Gravel | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Jérôme Blanchet-Gravel

Acknowledging this fact is one of the first things you could have done to protect the Muslim community in Quebec City. To fight and prevent hate speech that comes from the far right, you also need to fight and prevent its counterpart. Otherwise, all your efforts would be useless.

Islam's Diversity Permits Many Acts Beyond Vanilla Sex

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Muslim puritans thump the sex positivity of Islam in their polemics. Paradoxically, they reject sexual conduct beyond coitus and project their personal views as consensus. However, Islam is too diverse and vast for there to be any consensus position on sexuality.

We Must Understand The Necessary Distinctions Within A Religion

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

I am horrified by what happened in Quebec last week. Innocent people were killed and injured because someone indolently grouped together all sub-groupings of a faith into one broad category. The answer, however, will not be found in just ignoring the existence of such sub-groupings who are persecutors.

Denying Islamophobia's Existence Keeps Hate Alive In Canada

Eduardo Alves Dos Anjos | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Living
Eduardo Alves Dos Anjos

Like many diseases, Islamophobia is curable and its treatment is more simple than one may imagine. The first step to attaining this cure is by recognizing that one is afflicted by the illness. We must all recognize that Islamophobia is not only a threat to Muslims, but to our entire society.

As A Muslim Woman From Quebec, I Will Continue To Speak Up Against Hate

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Multiple gunmen stormed a mosque in Quebec city during evening prayers and six people are dead. This is my home. This is my place of birth. I have to look my children in the eyes on Monday morning when I tell them this happened. I have to tell them that people went to a mosque just a few hours away from where we live and were shot while worshiping peacefully.

What You Have Wrong About Trudeau And The Aga Khan

Riaz Charania | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Politics
Riaz Charania

Recently, Justin Trudeau and his family took-up an offer from the Aga Khan to join him on his private island in the Bahamas. They were able to escape the cold, but clearly not the controversy. This whole thing has rubbed many people in Parliament, and across the country the wrong way. People have grabbed their metaphorical pitchforks and the ethics commission is now investigating. Sure, without context it seems as though this is just another lobbyist using wealth and influence to sway things in his favour, but if you actually want truth, context is everything.

Hate Trumped Love In 2016, But We Can't Lose Hope

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

Under wide threat of injustice, supporting one another, regardless of faith is essential. How? By supporting Standing Rock while demanding peace for Syria. By attending multi-faith gatherings at our local synagogue. By marching behind Black activists because Black Lives Matter. By emailing our MP.

The World's Only Hope This Christmas

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada
Robert D. Onley

News headlines throughout 2016 were unrelentingly mortifying, bleak and despairing. Just this week - a Russian ambassador assassinated live on camera ...

Dear Pakistan, When Will You Stop The Persecution Of Ahmadis?

Jari Qudrat | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Jari Qudrat

This persecution has personally affected me and continues to cause me great pain, grief and sorrow. I'd like to fall in love with Pakistan again, but something holds me back. It seems to be fear of continuing to lose those that I love most. And so, I have to ask, O Pakistan, when will you stop?

Canada's Anti-Islamophobia Motion A Shining Example To The World

Samer Majzoub | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Canada's parliament adopted unanimously a motion to condemn all forms of Islamophobia in the country. The fact that the motion received no objection from any of the federal parties shows that the Liberal, NDP, Conservative and Bloc Quebecois members have a clear understanding that Islamophobia is a severe form of bigotry.

Muslim Canadians Must Hold The Trudeau Government Accountable

Nadine Tahan | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadine Tahan

A year has gone since Trudeau first came into office, offering a welcome message of change throughout his campaign. Yet, although Trudeau has had some accomplishments in office so far, Muslim Canadians must remain skeptical of his government and must be prepared to hold him accountable on issues that directly or indirectly impact our community.

Islamophobia Is Now A Canadian Concern

Samer Majzoub | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

As the years have passed, the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF), community organizations, activists, human rights groups, some public figures, intellectuals, elected officials and others have kept their worries very well exposed over the intensification of Islamophobia in the country.

Help Make Canadian History By Denouncing Islamophobia

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Recent atrocities committed by Islamist radicals have painted all Muslims with a broad brush. The petition condemns these atrocities, but also affirms that the overwhelming majority of Canadian Muslims are not represented by these actions, and as such should not suffer discrimination on their basis.

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.