Canada Islamophobia

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.

Who Should Arabs and Muslims Vote for?

Ehab Lotayef | Posted 10.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Ehab Lotayef

On Sept. 17 a group of prominent Arab and Muslim organizations from across Canada got together and sent a letter* to the leaders of the five main federal parties: Conservatives, NDP, Liberals, Bloc Quebecois and Green Party.

Ottawa Police Urge Muslim Women To Report Abuse Amid Growing Tension

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.17.2015 | Canada

In an email this week to members of the Muslim community, Staff-Sgt. David Zackrias urged the reporting of all forms of abuse.

Understanding Hate Groups and Haters

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Living
Saqib Qureshi

New journeys often create surprises. Over the last few months, as I've gotten increasingly stuck on issues of Islamophobia and the fringe, extremist xenophobia in the Muslim world, this journey has been true to form. I've been struck by both the similarities between the two hate camps and their sheer resilience.

Harper's Conservatives Want to Dupe You Into Fearing Immigrants

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

What is most telling is that even given the divisive and downright xenophobic campaign the Conservatives have run thus far, they are still within striking distance to form government. This carefully crafted U.S.-style Republican narrative has set Canada on an extremely dangerous course, and one that only Canadian voters can steer back to the right path. From "old stock Canadians" deserving of greater government benefits, to the ridiculous niqab debate, to the absurd hotline dedicated to reporting "culturally barbaric" practices, the Conservatives are pulling no punches in their quest to mobilize their voter base.

'Niqabophobia' Thwarts Real Debate About Faith and Gender

Jack Jedwab | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Those who oppose the ban shouldn't insist that it's so obvious a rights violation that it doesn't merit explanation. It is impudent to simply dismiss a large majority of Canadians who support the idea of a niqab ban at a citizenship ceremony, as misguided as that may be.

We Should Not Let Racialized Fear Define Our Political Future

Niki Sharma | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Niki Sharma

Be aware that, in our midst, a group of Canadian citizens are being dehumanized. History has shown us over and over again that this leads to oppression, hatred, and violence. Move past your knee-jerk reaction of protectionism. Don't be fooled by rhetoric. Understand that to that Muslim woman wearing the niqab, not being able to choose what she wears is oppression, even if it makes you personally uncomfortable.

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.