Canada Islamophobia

Mosques Need Better Social Safety Nets

Zarqa Nawaz | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Zarqa Nawaz

Muslims are justifiably worried that we'll be implicated in the crimes of these individuals. But Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was still a human being looking for support from both his Muslim and non-Muslim communities. And although we'll never know the truth, it seems he eventually found his support on the Internet, which preys on the marginalized in our society. People want moderate Muslims to speak out and decry radicalization. And they do, but tweets and press releases are not always the answer because they don't solve a very real societal problem. There are unwell people out there who need our help. And they are increasingly showing up in our mosques.

Criticizing Religious Beliefs Doesn't Make You a Bigot

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 10.13.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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.

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.

Perhaps I Was Too Harsh on Québec

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I have written about Quebec before. Let's just say that I won't be beatified any time soon. But I think the Québecois deserve a badge of courage for...

Restaurant Pressured Muslims Into Eating Pork

CBC | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Business

A Toronto restaurant has been ordered to pay nearly $100,000 in compensation to three Muslim men who used to work there, after the Human Rights Tribun...

Why Does the Myth of Apartheid Persist in Israel?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Edmund Burke said "For evil to triumph it takes good people to do nothing." These words were shared by Kenneth Meshoe, South African Member of Parl...

I Took My Family to the Movies and Got Called a "F-ing Terrorist"

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

When I leaned over and asked a woman in a movie theatre to please put her cellphone away, she started yelling at me. She AND her husband called me an F'ing TERRORIST repeatedly. Does the colour of my skin or the fact that I wear a piece of cloth on my head make it alright to lambaste me in public in front of my child and her friends?

Governments Inciting Public Hatred To Further Corporate Conquests is Nothing New

Mark Taliano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

If the goal is mid-east hegemony, for example, manufactured hatred for Muslims (Islamophobia) becomes a necessary first step. The 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon created a huge shock on the mental landscapes of the U.S and the world. This shock created a collective numbness, and a window first for Islamophobia and then for military action.

'Stop The Islamization Of America' Co-Founder Allowed Into Canada For Talk

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada

TORONTO - A Canadian Muslim organization is calling on Ottawa to spell out how it decides whether to allow controversial foreign speakers into the cou...

Is Quebec Good Enough for Canada?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

The secular fundamentalism as practiced in the province of Quebec is destructive to the bi-lingual, multi-ethnic fabric of Canada. Quebec's narrative of uni-lingualism, uni-culturalism and uni-ethnic absolutism is a throwback to tribalism that flourishes in parts of Africa and the Middle East.

There Is No Place for Homophobia in Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

In his April 11 show, "The Arab Underground," conservative political activist Ezra Levant interviewed a former Israeli army officer to highlight the imparting of homophobia in the government funded Edmonton Islamic Academy. Conservative Muslim parents need to be concerned whether their children are being taught values of tolerance or exclusion.

France's next battle: Banning 'God bless you'

Deena Douara | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada
Deena Douara

Nothing screams progress like telling a woman what she can and can't wear. In their valiant strides toward enlightened secularism, the French have a...

Can Pamela Geller Work With Straight and Queer Muslims?

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Junaid Jahangir

Instead of stereotyping and generalizing, can the likes of Pamela Geller recognize the immense work being done by both straight and queer Muslims? Instead of creating divisiveness, can they work with Muslims towards affecting positive change?

How Muslims Created Islamophobia

Tahir Gora | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada
Tahir Gora

What do I mean by "self-created fear of Islamophobia"? Do I dare to say that Islamophobia actually doesn't exist at all? Yep, it didn't exist but some of our Islamic centres created the term and spread it around through their actions.

Human Lives Are More Important Than Holy Books

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.10.2013 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

The UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs indicated that of the 158 Palestinians killed in the November Israeli assault on Gaza, 103 were civilians. Israel's deputy defence minister indicated that Palestinians would bring upon themselves a bigger "shoah" -- holocaust. Unitarian Chaplain Reverend Audrey Brooks questioned how Israel could inflict the horror of the Holocaust on the Palestinians. Time and again, Jews and Muslims, notwithstanding the narrative of bigots in their respective faiths, have reached out to each other.

Let's Talk About Sex, Muslims

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Some conservative Muslim leaders, like their Christian counterparts, are disseminating a letter expressing the right of parents to withdraw their children from course content that conflicts with their understanding of faith. The letter expresses concerns about introducing children to sex-education and the realities of queer families.

Iran Issues Travel Warning For Canada

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Politics

Iran has issued a warning to its citizens travelling to Canada. That country's foreign ministry warned of increasing 'Islamophobia' and 'Iranophob...

Why It's Time to Shut Up About the "Innocence of Muslims"

Deena Douara | Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada
Deena Douara

I initially vacillated between addressing Westerners in this blog, to alleviate their fears that Muslims were all crazy, and addressing the destructive Muslims that were affirming by their actions the discourse of the very people they hate. Amid my vacillation I realized that either article would be written for me alone. Those enraged Muslims that believe the U.S. government approved the video are not online seeking out measured arguments. Nor are those who simply can't understand "Muslim irrationality." So to my fellow Muslims caught in the middle I would say that we can't spend all our energy, time and writing reacting, defending, and explaining.

We're Queer. We're Muslim. Get Used to It.

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics
Junaid Jahangir

Many queer activists rise above their circumstances and assert their voice for justice that is not limited to LGBT issues. Belonging to a vulnerable minority, they understand prejudice and can empathize with "others." Queer Muslim activists, despite facing immense prejudice, continue their work quietly and with dignity. Their work ends up helping the very Muslim communities that so strongly shun them. They truly know the meaning of spiritual chivalry, to practice good without expecting the same in return.

Hide Your Broomsticks, Michelle Bachmann's on a Witchhunt

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Hina P. Ansari

During Ramadan, a time for focus and introspection, Michelle Bachmann and her posse are testing me. Big time. She believes that members of the Muslim Brotherhood have infiltrated the U.S. government -- and she's calling them out in public. In today's ballooning and increasingly influential social media landscape, sure sticks and stones can break bones, but a correctly phrased Google search can be even more devastating.

The Enemy of America Is My Friend, No Matter What

Tarek Fatah | Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada
Tarek Fatah

A country could ride roughshod over its Muslim population and send tanks to crush our fight for fundamental human rights. Yet, such a nation could escape any criticism from the world's one billion Muslims if it met one condition: It should be seen as anti-American.

Quebec's Hijab Controversy: Bend it like Benkiran

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 08.24.2011 | Canada
Supriya Dwivedi

Banning the hijab from soccer has nothing to do with multiculturalism, or reasonable accommodation. It is about people hiding behind the guise of rules in order to effectively discriminate against Muslim women.