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Blame Human Nature For Boko Haram, Not Islam

Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan

In the United States gruesome murders are common and merit only passing attention. In a shooting spree, also in April, three people were killed at a Jewish community centre near Kansas City. The media did not mention the religion of the accused. Had they been Muslim their religion, and perhaps Muslims in general, would have been maligned.

Boko Haram-Type Groups Exist in Every Muslim Society

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Boko Haram may seem like a remote African tribe that abducts girls, threatens to kill them, and marries them off against their will. Some introspection would reveal that the same tendencies are alive and instrumental in all Muslim societies.

A Quebec Doctor Asked Me to Remove My Hijab -- I Refused

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

For the naysayers or eye-rollers out there, there is nothing wrong with removing my hijab or other article of clothing for a doctor if it is necessary for the sake of the medical examination. In this instance, it was not. It was the equivalent of asking a woman to fully remove her top and undergarment in order to examine her lungs. The changes in the environment in Quebec are subtle but ever present. I have felt the chill in the air. From the racial slur while at the movies with my kids to reading passive aggressive comments on social media. Our joie de vivre, pride in diversity and bilingualism has been replaced with political unease, targeted discrimination of visibly religious minorities and linguistic force.

Fox News and a Few Conservative Muslim Leaders are Real Scrooges

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

On December 6, Slate Magazine published an essay by Aisha Harris entitled, "Santa Claus Should Not be A White Man Anymore." In a response that went viral, Megyn Kelly of Fox News said: "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white..." Ironically, Kelly's intolerance, expressed during a season that ought to be filled with giving, love and acceptance, is nothing new. As a Muslim, it reminds me of those conservative Muslim leaders, on the same cold end of the Scrooge barometer as Kelly, who advise us Muslims that we better not wish anyone a Merry Christmas.

How Muslim Parents Can Help End Bullying in Schools

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shahla Khan Salter

Some kids have been targeted by bullies because the hatred towards gays, lesbians, trans and "others" runs so deep in North American society that even appearing different may merit ostracization. Who are we to complain about bigotry against our children if we perpetuate it against others? And so we must ask them, our fellow (otherwise peaceful) Muslim parents, how does the intolerance you teach at home, affect all our youth and our Muslim communities?

Meet the Woman Driving Change in Saudi Arabia

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shahla Khan Salter

On Saturday, October 26, more than 60 Saudi women got behind the wheel and drove in Saudi Arabia to challenge the ban on women driving in that country. Some of them posted their videos on YouTube. Several people were detained and fined. Last week I interviewed another brave woman who drove on October 26, human rights activist and photographer, Samia El-Moslimany.

The Quebec Charter Will Ghettoize Muslims

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

The PQ is unable to distinguish between religious zealotry that overtakes the public sphere and individuals who, though they exhibit their faith publicly, continue to work peacefully, alongside their neighbours of other beliefs, without difficulty. Make no mistake -- everyone in Quebec will be affected by the Charter of "Values." The entire society will be subjected to change as a result. Do we want people to be forced to choose their faith over integration in the public sphere? Do we want "Muslim only" sections of cities? That will be the result of failing to allow the integration of visible religious minorities in the public sphere. It is apartheid.

Fox News and Saudia Arabia Have More in Common Than You Think

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

Last Friday Dr. Reza Aslan was interviewed by Fox News on his recent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Bigotry reigned as Green repeatedly asked Aslan why as a "Muz-lim" he would write a book about Jesus. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, another secular Muslim sat in a Saudi prison, awaiting his sentence. His crime? Attempting to liberalize religion in Saudi Arabia and criticizing religious police.

Islam At War -- With Itself

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada
Murtaza Haider

Muslim societies have evolved into places where revenge is confused with justice, forgiveness with weakness, and peace with cowardice. These are the places where unholy men wage holy wars against unarmed civilians, pitting Muslims against other Muslims.

Disguised in the Name of Islam

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

In the last few months the world has witnessed, once again, atrocities planned and in two cases, carried out, disguised in the name of Islam. The debate among Muslims in the West is filled with tension. And as Muslims what more must we do to stop the chaos, in addition to demanding changes in our Western countries' foreign policies?

Why No Kid Should Be Banned From Playing Sports

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

This weekend the Quebec Soccer Federation votes on whether to lift a ban that prevents kids from playing soccer -- specifically Sikh players who wear turbans. In sports, you learn to participate and take risks. And you learn to include everyone. It is a lesson that some of the grown-ups still don't get.

Death and Re-birth in Kurdistan

Trevor Gair | Posted 07.18.2013 | Canada Travel
Trevor Gair

I visited northern Iraq for a reason. It does not boast the historical monuments of neighboring Syria nor a wide range of landscapes like Turkey, however I had read that the ethnic Kurdish people ranked second to none for hospitality.

Why So Surprised I'm A Muslim Vegetarian?

Anila Muhammad | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada Living
Anila Muhammad

My first glimpse into the slaughterhouse industry came when I read Fast Food Nation and discovered how animals where treated in factory farms. I was horrified to say the least. Interestingly enough, the idea of Muslims being vegetarian or vegans has prompted some debate.

Wise Words From an Eight-Year-Old: "No More Hurting People. Peace"

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

Martin Richard was eight years old. He was in the third grade. He was killed on Monday at the Boston Marathon, waiting at the finish line. Recently, his teacher, Lucia Brawley, released a photo of Martin holding up a sign he made in school. It said: "No more hurting people. Peace."

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...

Diversity Fatigue Can Be Overcome

Trevor Wilson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Business
Trevor Wilson

What you may ask is diversity fatigue? It is the Herculian effort required by diversity practitioners to keep the momentum going through the toughest economic crisis since the depression. It is maintaining the gains with front-line managers (the so-called frozen middle) who ask "when will this diversity thing end? Have we not handled it by now?"

Muslim Sermons That Offend Instead of Inspire

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 03.08.2013 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

On February 15, 2013, Muslim students at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, attended a Friday prayer service, seeking enlightenment and spiritual comfort. Instead they were delivered a Khutbah filled with offensive comments against sexual minorities and women. Unfortunately, the Cornell incident is not an isolated one.

A Muslim Canadian and a Muslim American Talk Politics

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

The American Presidential election between Republican Candidate, Mitt Romney and incumbent Democratic Candidate President Barack Obama, takes place in only a two days on November 6, 2012. Its outcome may result in a remarkably different future for many. What happens in the U.S. affects us all -- both here in Canada and overseas. As a Muslim Canadian woman, I wonder, what is on the mind of a Muslim American woman right now?

Watching the Watchdog: Why Censorship Is Never the Answer

Tim Knight | Posted 12.07.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

The subject matter and plot of Innocence of Muslims are an abomination, deeply offensive to people who really, really don't need to be offended any more, particularly during this delicate time in their history. But I believe absolutely in my right to be offended. Which is the reason I simply can't propose that we lessen our democracies by banning any writings and films offensive to Muslims or any other religious folk.

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.

The "Innoncence of Muslims" Promotes Hate, Not Dialogue

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

Canadians who value tolerance, respect and harmony should not listen to the voices of people like Chris Selley of the National Post who wrote that the media should show clips of the anti-Islam film behind the outrage if it offends people or not. Why on earth would anyone go out of their way to screen this obnoxious product, unless it is to inflict further hurt on Muslims and inflame more anger? Those who are portraying themselves as advocates of freedom of expression are hypocrites in the highest order. Canadians should listen to balanced voices that bring people together at a time when hatred is taking its toll on humanity.

Nakoula: With Friends Like These, You Make Enemies

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

The man who "wrote" and "directed" Innocence of Muslims -- the same movie which has led to the deaths of four U.S. diplomats, up to 10 Libyans, four Yemenis, and one Lebanese in Tripoli -- in is fact Nakoula Bassley Nakoula, an Egyptian Coptic Christian living, or rather, hiding, in California. But what may help one better understand this artiste is to look at the company he keeps, namely, Pastor Terry Jones and Steven Klein.

On 9/11, Many Muslims Still Don't Believe the Truth

Tahir Gora | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada
Tahir Gora

It's said that a majority of Muslims have been hijacked by a tiny percentage of Islamic extremists. But it's also true that many Muslims consider the incidents of September 11, 2001, to have been staged by the Bush administration, the CIA, Jews, etc. The question arises as to why a majority of Muslims would assume that nothing bad could be delivered by Muslims? And why have many Muslims related all bad things to the United States, other western countries and Israel? Majority Muslims in the West should open their eyes and minds and get beyond the conspiracy theories.

Saving Rimsha: Religious Intolerance is the Real Blasphemy

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada
Shahla Khan Salter

An 11-year-old Pakistani girl with Downs Syndrome might be put to death for blasphemy. Killing people for expressing negative and/or dissenting views on religion, for burning Qurans, for writing letters -- is this Islam? No. In Islam, a law that penalizes a person for challenging or disparaging the religion -- is blasphemy itself.

How Muslims Can Bring Back Respect to Islam

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada Impact
Abubakar Kasim

One of the most effective ways to counter the rising anti-Muslim sentiment is not only through words, issuing statements and being on the reactive and defensive mode all the time but through a more proactive mechanism to show what Muslims are all about. The anti-Muslim prejudice can only be countered through active participation in the society -- something I witnessed on the last day of Ramadan, at the International Muslim Organization of Toronto.