Canada Islamophobia

The Difference Between Community And Religious Schools

Samer Majzoub | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Living
Samer Majzoub

There is general belief that Islamic schools are religious educational bodies, and the kind of courses taught is based on Islamic theology. This is a false understanding. It is important to note that the majority of these schools are either don't or only partially receive subventions from provincial authorities.

Stop Hosting Hateful Speakers In The Name Of Religious Freedom

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

University is a place where students can freely exchange ideas but equally feel safe to do so. Students should feel safe in the knowledge that whether they identify as religious, gay, atheist, etc. or as any intersection of these, they would not be subjected to derision and scorn.

Toronto Police Looking For Woman Who Allegedly Assaulted Girl In Hijab

CBC | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada

The incident occurred on Dec. 10.

What Donald Trump's Words Feel Like To Muslims Like Me

Deena Douara | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Deena Douara

I'll tell you how it feels to hear Trump -- a front-running candidate to lead the world's most powerful country -- say he wants a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." How it feels to hear supporters say "send them all back."

We Need To Make A Collective Effort To End Violent Radicalism

Samer Majzoub | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

The responsibility of tackling, addressing and finding drastic solutions for violent radicalism is a duty that should be spread over the shoulder of the society's stakeholders as well as decision-makers, community, media, "religious" groups, social experts, families and others.

Rejecting Political Islam Can Help Counter ISIS' Ideology

Tahir Gora | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Tahir Gora

Why aren't more Muslims living in the West actively speaking out against a series of terror acts inspired by Islamic State ideology? Are the press releases against such acts released by traditional Islamic centres enough to show our solidarity with our neighbours? These are the questions in my mind.

Conservative Muslims Must Stop Backing Preachers Of Hate

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

If it is not right to host Islamophobic or white supremacist speakers, then it is not right to host Muslim supremacist, homophobic and transphobic speakers. Indeed, all zulm (oppression) is connected. Muslims overwhelmingly condemn ISIS. However, according to Muslim human rights activist, Shafiqah Othman Hamza, it is not enough to quote Qur'anic verses on peace while ignoring the systemic persecution and discrimination of minorities.

We Can Fight Fear With Simple Acts Of Kindness

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

No one sat down near her. How is it that she cleared a section of a subway car at rush hour without saying a word? She wears a hijab. She is a young person of colour whose religion is outwardly apparent. What is happening to girls and women like her in public places is nothing short of disgraceful.

Muslims Must Stand Against The Persecution Of Ahmadis

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Recently, a bloodthirsty mob torched an Ahmadi owned factory in the Pakistani city of Jhelum. In contrast to Canada, where communities galvanize against hate, there were no rallies in defence of Ahmadi neighbours, and social media was ablaze with their "heresies" instead of condemnation of persecution.

Umpteen Condemnations Do Not Stop Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

The power of small acts of kindnesses should not be underestimated, for they are more powerful than military expeditions. Indeed, it is not the youth who are loved that are prone to radical indoctrination but those who are forsaken at the margins. It is also important to understand that strength lies in diversity, for if we unconditionally reach out to others, they will likely reach out to us in our time of need.

Hate Crimes Targeting Muslims In Ontario Rise After Paris Attacks

CBC | CBC News | Posted 11.21.2015 | Canada

"I feel like we're being judged for something we had nothing to do with."

We Can't Allow 'Security To Mask Racism' In Refugee Pledge: Wynne

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics

"We have those two devils within our society: racism and xenophobia. They exist," said Philippe Couillard.

Terror Abroad Has Revealed Troubling Hate Here At Home

Renu Mandhane | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Renu Mandhane

Such is the nature of our hyper-connected planet that events seemingly worlds away from our day-to-day lives can reverberate in our neighbourhood. That is the power and promise of social media - it makes the world smaller. The flip side, however, is that faraway events, like those in Paris, Beirut, Nigeria and Egypt, can embolden otherwise-marginal, hateful forces here at home.

Canada's Muslim Community Must Act Now To End Islamophobia

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Saqib Qureshi

A window of opportunity has opened where several provincial governments and Ottawa are enlightened and willing to partner to deal with problems. Eleven Muslim MPs were elected to Ottawa alone in 2015, and one is a cabinet minister. If the stars are aligned, what then are the key challenges that the community should take on?

Muslim Student In Toronto Allegedly Spat On By Stranger

CBC | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada

"Islamophobia is real."

Don't Let Refugees Become Scapegoats, Says Anti-Racism Group

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada

"These same people we're bringing into Canada ... are the main victims of these terrorist groups."

Canadians Must Not Allow Themselves To Be Divided By Hate

Sid Ryan | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

The coordinated killings that rocked Paris over the weekend are an unspeakable horror. But we must not allow the horrific nature of this atrocity to drag Canada back into the racism, Islamophobia and war-mongering that characterized our last government. The burden to hold firm on the change that we demanded in the October election is jointly shared between Canadians and our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Stop Asking All Muslims To Condemn Terror

Davide Mastracci | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Davide Mastracci

Muslims are a marginalized group within Canada. We don't have access to political power in the way white people do, and we are in fact subject to stereotypes and demonization from political power and the media alike -- the collective blame laid upon Muslims legitimizes the idea that all Muslims should be punished for the acts of a tiny minority. Once this idea is legitimized, spates of hate crimes are committed and some Muslims end up feeling unsafe in their own communities.

Constructive Self-Criticism Can Stop The Vicious Cycle Of Hate

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

A vicious cycle of hate seems to have been engendered where hatred of the West feeds the hatred of Islam. The way out of this hate is by looking within instead of pointing fingers at others. Some people do not care for such a nuanced understanding. They look for simplistic answers to complex problems.

CNN Anchors Press Muslim Guest To Accept Blame For Paris Attacks

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada

Yaser Louati said French Muslims could not take responsibility for "someone who just claims to be Muslim."

3 Men Stand Hand-In-Hand At A Montreal Subway Station

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Impact

"They cannot separate us."

Carnage In Paris: We Need To Break The Cycle Of Violence

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

The act of madness is followed by a wave of madness, where states are bombed to rubble and the cycle of irrational thinking becomes the rule that governs the game. I wish, as we utilize our resources to discuss issues facing our societies, we could do the same with these acts of violence so that we can discover a solution.

As Canadians We Must Challenge Lingering Bigotry

John Cartwright | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Impact
John Cartwright

There needs to be a concerted effort to confront the rise of prejudice that was encouraged by the Conservatives in their bid for re-election. Although Steven Harper has been defeated, the lingering "permission" given to bigotry needs to be challenged in every workplace and community across Canada. Canadians have never been immune to the corrosive influences of racism and anti-Semitism. At this point in history we are called upon to specifically challenge Islamophobia. The fact is that our Muslim brothers and sisters have been made to feel defensive about their faith and unsure of how their neighbours accept them.

Harper's Divisive Politics Cost Conservatives More Than An Election

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

The Alberta battleground riding of Edmonton-Mill Woods became one of only two ridings in the city and one of only four ridings in the province to go Liberal. For the first time in a decade, Edmonton-Mill Woods is not a Conservative domain. This is only one example of a larger trend across Canada.

Conservative Muslims Must Lead the Dialogue With LGBT Muslims

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

How can Muslim LGBT lead the dialogue if a majority amongst them segregate their lives from conservative spaces? The importance of dialogue within conservative Muslim communities cannot be over-emphasized. Such a dialogue will have to be part of a much-needed internal critique, for outside solutions may be rejected as anti-Muslim bigotry.