Canada Islamophobia

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

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maryam Monsef?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

After reporters revealed the mismatch between Minister Maryam Monsef's stated and actual birthplaces, a politically-motivated "outrage" ensued. Did she purposely mislead her colleagues, her constituents? Was she a fraud? Could her Canadian citizenship be revoked?

Suspension Of The Burkini Ban Should Bring A Time Of Reflection

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

While we should applaud the court's decision to suspend this discriminatory ban and infringement of human rights, we ought to come together to ask what led a country like France to act in such a manner. We ought to ask tough questions in order to avoid future occurrences of these types of discrimination.

Secularism Shouldn't Exist In Opposition To A Religion

Abbas Kassam | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Alberta
Abbas Kassam

Last week, an Alberta Court upheld a ruling that found Webber Academy, a private high school, discriminated against two Muslim students by failing to provide a prayer space for them. Situations like that of Webber Academy beg the question about what is the nature of being non-denominational?

Condemning Terror Isn't Enough, Islam Needs Change From Within

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Blaming Islam for terrorism is silly as the texts are silent and it is Muslims who speak. This however still does not absolve Muslims of responsibility for internal change to stop those on the cusp of joining terrorists. This means challenging popular speakers who support medieval sharia laws, Caliphates and draconian punishments under Islamic law.

Building More Mosques Won't Solve Canada's Islamophobia Problem

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Saqib Qureshi

Tackling Islamophobia or Canadian Muslim unemployment is a problem not just for Canadian Muslims, but for all Canadians. That being said, if Canadian Muslims don't lead the effort to tackle these issues, including educating that same society and state, little will get accomplished.

Suspect Charged After Woman In Hijab Assaulted In London, Ont.

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada

The woman was shopping with her four-year-old son.

Woman In Hijab Attacked At London, Ont. Supermarket

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada

Police are looking for a female suspect.

Toronto Ads Perfectly Debunk Idea That Muslims Don't Belong Here

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Living

"Toronto for all."

Orlando Shooting Leaves LGBT Muslims In 'Precarious' Place: Activist

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada

The attack and its aftermath has underscored the confluence of homophobia and Islamophobia.

Counterterrorism Plans Won't Be Effective Until Biases Are Addressed

Monia Mazigh | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

Last federal budget, the government announced the plan to create a counter terrorism office. This new initiative named as the Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization Co-ordinator would cost Canadian taxpayers $35 millions dollars. With an initial funding of $3 million in 2016-2017 and a $10 million a year in the subsequent years.

Muslims Must Do More Than Distance Themselves From Terrorism

Kacem El Ghazzali | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Kacem El Ghazzali

Muslims can learn from mother. They must be proactive in the fight against Islamist movements that lead to terrorism. Because self-distancing alone cannot fight terror. On the contrary, merely denying personal responsibility for an act tends to lead very quickly to the abrogation of the responsibility to act.

Islam Is Not A Religion Of Peace In Societies Where Faith Is Law

Kacem El Ghazzali | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Kacem El Ghazzali

Do tolerance and social peace prevail in Muslim-majority countries which enshrine "Islam" in law? Nowadays in most such countries, atheists, apostates and those who convert to another religion are persecuted. In a religion of peace, freedom of conscience and belief should be guaranteed to everyone.

How A Blog Landed Me The Role Of A Lifetime

Raoul Bhaneja | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Living
Raoul Bhaneja

I read a blog post by Ayad Akhtar, and 40 months later I am opening his play. All because of a single blog post, like this one. Here's how it all went down.

Marine Le Pen: Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Visiting Canada on a European Parliament membership technicality with no federal or provincial parties willing to engage given her bigoted views (and possible stench of sulphur) has not prevented her from criticizing Canada's policies on immigration and multiculturalism. The terror attacks in Brussels have only added more ammunition to a sharp tongue already loaded with nationalist, nativist and jingoistic diatribe.

Toronto Student Falsely Accused Of Mass School Stabbing By U.S. Site

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 02.27.2016 | Canada

"This could have taken such a different direction if Islamophobes or people who engage in hate speech didn’t take this and completely alter it."

A Muslim Reflection On Fear And Violence

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

In the present trying times, one extremist group after another rears its ugly head. This includes the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, and the most recent incarnation ISIS. Yet, my colleagues at Universalist Muslims and I refuse to let go of Islam.

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.