Canada Islamophobia

Harper's Relationship With the Jewish Defense League Is Disturbing

Tyler Levitan | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Tyler Levitan

With Canada's federal election less than two weeks away, I felt it important to address a highly topical matter: the Conservatives' close relations with the controversial Jewish Defense League. In 2001, after it had engaged in a series of bombings, an assassination, and several other violent incidents, the JDL was labeled a "violent extremist Jewish organization" and a "right-wing terrorist group" by the FBI.

The Tory Tip Line Will Turn Canadians Against Each Other

Nicholas Ashmore | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Ashmore

The issue here is that such a tip line will do nothing but draw deeper lines in the ground between race, religion, and so on. We will notice that "barbaric cultural practices" is a purposefully vague descriptor that could encompass a plethora of different acts, yet Canadians are only left guessing as to what Kellie Leitch and her party would classify as such practices. This proposed tip line has already been compared by some to similar situations in place in interwar Germany and the Soviet Union.

Quebec Unanimously Adopts Motion Condemning 'Islamophobia'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics

The motion condemns Islamophobia towards Muslim Quebecers, in particular Syrian refugees.

Here's Why Your Islamophobic Intolerance on My Newsfeed Is Hypocritical

Crystal Langille | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Living
Crystal Langille

Stop with the ignorant posts, people. Think about it before you blindly share some meme, or post that's not even accurate. You sound stupid. We share this planet with 7 billion other people -- some estimates suggest that 2.2 billion of them are Muslim. Enough with the "If we went to your country, we'd have to live by your rules." Stop. Muslim is not a country. I'm sorry if pointing out your religious intolerance has offended you, but it was the same type of ignorance and vitriol that eventually caused the slaughter of millions of Jews in the Second World War. Before you're too quick to defend your hate speech, marinate in that for a minute and think about if you want to contribute to that kind of hate.

Was Mohamed Fahmy a Victim of Stephen Harper's Ideology?

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

In an odd twist of fate, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi decided to have a change of heart and "pardon" three Al Jazeera journalists including Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy. Whether Sisi was feeling charitable on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Eid-Ul-Adha or wanted to improve his faltering global reputation before his visit to the United Nations is unknown.

Sorry Harper, Muslims Have Become Inconveniently Sympathetic

Zarqa Nawaz | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Zarqa Nawaz

The timing for the image of Muslims to change from fire-breathing jihadi terrorists, frothing at the mouth to actual human beings could not have been worse. This election was supposed to be about economic renewal and getting tough on crime and instead we are in a recession and the papers are full of stories about Muslims drowning in the sea.

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.

How Harper Sows Fear of Muslims in Pursuit of Votes

Faisal Kutty | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

The past year has been a very active one for the anti-Islam industry in Canada. Leading the charge is none other than Prime Minister Stephen Harper who -- in gearing up to the elections in October 2015 -- has been stoking Islamophobia by pandering to public unease about Muslims.

Young Muslim Canadians You Don't Hear About on the News

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

According to the most recent Canadian census, Canada has more than one million Muslims citizens--they're our country's fastest growing religious population.. Yet sadly, when we searched Canadian news using the keywords "young Muslim," seven of the top 10 articles that came up concerned violence and radicalism.

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.

Muslim Denied Can Of Pop On Plane Because Could Be 'Used As Weapon'

CBC | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Business

A Muslim chaplain said she was the subject of discrimination after a United Airlines flight attendant refused to give her an unopened can of pop beca...

Quebec Must Address its Growing Climate of Islamophobia

Samer Majzoub | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Recently, Quebec has witnessed very alarming anti-Muslim and anti-Islam rhetoric that has led to moral onslaught against citizens of Muslim faith. The discriminatory campaigns against any group of citizens due to their religious or ethnic background will lead to unhealthy social harmony within any society.

Moderate Muslims Are Everywhere, Just Not in the News

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Junaid Jahangir

A simple Google search reveals that Muslim leaders and organizations across the globe have overwhelmingly condemned ISIS. However, on various online forums the question remains, "Where are the moderate Muslim voices?" On closer inspection, online commenters are not concerned about the umpteen condemnations by Muslim leaders but by the efficacy of such efforts.

The Niqab Ban Goes Against Canadian Values

Saeed Selvam | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Living
Saeed Selvam

A ceremony designed to showcase our national values of freedom of religion, expression, accommodation and speech? Well, let's just say that this election year, the Prime Minister should focus on reaching elsewhere for points rather than conjuring fear from diversity at a time where cultural understanding and unity are desperately needed.

I Am Not a Terrorist, Despite What My Critics Told a Senate Committee

Faisal Kutty | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

My name is Faisal Kutty. I am a lawyer, law professor, public speaker and writer. I write in response to testimony to your distinguished Committee on February 23, 2015 by a fear monger well-versed in McCarthyism, Mr. Marc Lebuis.In my opinion, Mr. Lebuis and Pointe de Bascule hold anti-Muslim, anti-Islam views. Often unable to identify real threats, they insulting law-abiding Canadians through innuendo and mischaracterization of tenuous or even non-existent links and associations.

Canada's #BlindTrustProject Spreads Across The Globe

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Impact

In just a few months, the Blind Trust Project, a video shot by three Toronto university students on a whim, has inspired activists to spread awareness...

Muslims Need An Ellen DeGeneres-Style Advocate

Zarqa Nawaz | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Living
Zarqa Nawaz

Many Muslim communities around the world are calling the killing of three young Muslims at Chapel Hill a hate crime. Others are calling it a parking dispute, a sort of road rage over space. According to his Facebook page, Craig Stephen Hicks, the alleged murderer was a supporter of gay rights, but didn't seem to extend the same warm feelings towards Muslims and Islam. Why tolerance is higher for one minority group and not another has complex roots.

We Are All Canadians: Don't Let Race or Religion Divide Us

John Cartwright | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Politics
John Cartwright

It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion. The Prime Minister of Canada is deliberately stirring up prejudice against one group of Canadians for one reason only -- political advantage. The sad reality is that many Canadians and Quebecois seem to be vulnerable to embracing an anti-Muslim sentiment. We are all appalled by the brutality of ISIS, with their voyeuristic killing of innocent victims. The tragic murder of two soldiers in Canada has added a sense of vulnerability inside our own country. Stephen Harper's response is to declare that Canada is under attack by "global Jihadists" and introduce sweeping legislation giving new powers to CSIS.

Ordering a Woman to Remove Her Hijab in Court Alienated All Muslims

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

It is mind bogglingly outrageous to learn that a Quebec judge would serve her own religiously discriminatory interests rather than promote the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms under which she governs. As a proud Canadian Muslim woman I firmly believe that we as a society are better than this and we need to speak out against discrimination under the guise of secularism.

Let's Call the Chapel Hill Shooting What it Was: A Hate Crime

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Three young adults were killed in the Chapel Hill Shooting in North Carolina, 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. Two of them were a married couple that had only been married six weeks. Unfortunately there is a shortage of information on North American media outlets. To all politicians who have voiced a concern for the safety of Muslims, who have specified that the ongoing war on terror is not against the overwhelming majority of law abiding Muslims in our society, let us hear you speak. Let us hear you denounce this hate crime, you can start by calling it what it is.

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...

Why There Is No Place For Anti-Semitism in Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada
Junaid Jahangir

Muslim scholar Afifi Al Akiti has clearly stated that there is no legal precedent in Islam on targeting innocent civilians and that Hamas violated this admirable precedent in 1994 by bombing a public bus in Jerusalem. We cannot forget news items like that of Hassan Askari, a Bangladeshi Sunni Muslim, who risked his own life to aid three Jewish travelers in New York from anti-Semitic assault.

Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons Were Racist, Not Satirical

Hana Shafi | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Hana Shafi

There is no doubt in my mind that what happened to the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo was an unacceptable tragedy. Nobody should die because of their views.Still, despite the tragedy of the lives lost, I still cannot stand behind the "Je Suis Charlie" slogan. And the automatic herd of people rushing to back the slogan without applying critical thought to it or educating themselves about the publication is a deeply troubling phenomenon.

The Racism Behind #JeSuisCharlie

Julian Vigo | Posted 03.15.2015 | 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.