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Trumpers Support A Muslim Ban They Know Will Never Work

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Many Americans likely realize that actually putting this thing into effect risks compromising a Constitution that Americans greatly value. The idea of building a wall between Mexico and the United States, while attractive to many Republicans, is surely seen as unrealistic by members of the GOP.

Islamic Organizations Are Key In Fighting Extremism

Islamic Relief Canada | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Islamic Relief Canada

Tackling extremism includes tackling its roots. After the heinous crimes perpetrated against Charlie Hebdo in Paris last year, the world united around the adage that read "violence can never silence an idea." It is imperative that this same methodology be applied when challenging extremist ideologies.

Muslim Group Gives $250,000 Eid Gift To Rebuild Fort McMurray Homes

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living

The first home rebuilt will go to a single mother of two.

Canada Deserves Better Than Those That Bash Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

On Canadian multiculturalism day the Prime Minister's multicultural message was bang on. Justin Trudeau declared that "Our roots reach out to every corner of the globe. We are from far and wide, and speak over 200 languages. Our national fabric is vibrant and varied, woven together by many cultures and heritages, and underlined by a core value of respect.

The Real Reason Why British MP-Killer Is Not Being Called A Terrorist

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Coverage did eventually begin discussing Mair's racist sympathies, but not before humanizing him as a community-minded, daffodil-planting individual suffering from mental illness. Such humanization and labelling restraint is rarely afforded to other ethnic and religious backgrounds.

A Ramadan Message For Muslims After The Orlando Tragedy

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

This Ramadan we must be reminded that there are those who fast from intimacy and physical love all the time because they are gay and their circumstances or their mindset make it impossible for them to find and fall in love with a partner of the same gender. Muslim family -- we know this is not how life is supposed to be lived.

Yes, Mr. Trump -- Saying Racist Things Makes You Racist

Jack Jedwab | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's never easy to defend politicians that repeatedly utter racist remarks in public. In Canada doing so would likely disqualify someone from holding the highest public office. Currently that does not appear to be the case in the United States.

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.

No, Muslims Aren't To Blame For Orlando Tragedy

Rob Oliphant | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Rob Oliphant

The human rights, criminal and marriage laws of Canada may have changed since I frequented my first gay nightclub almost four decades ago, but the scourges of homophobia continue still, now coupled with a new brand of American home-grown and well-armed terrorism. Orlando drove this message home in a deeply personal way. I went to my first gay bar when I was in my early 20s. I went in search of belonging, in search of friendship, in search of community. I went to be around people like me, hoping I would find a safe place and strength in numbers.

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.

No Community Should Have To Publicly Denounce Extremism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

By virtue of a shared language, religion, skin colour or ethnic background, should we feel compelled to publicly denounce an individual that commits a criminal offence? Is it fair to assume that the absence of such a denunciation implies a tacit endorsement of the offender?

The Time Has Come For A 'Sexual Spring' In The Arab World

Kacem El Ghazzali | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Kacem El Ghazzali

When we say that nowadays to call for sexual freedom in Arab and Muslim societies is more dangerous than the demand to topple monarchies or dictatorial regimes, we are not playing with metaphor or attempting to gain sympathy. We are stating a bitter and painful fact of the reality in which we are living.

Canada Can Rise Above The 'Islam Versus The West' Narrative

Jack Jedwab | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Huntingdon's clash of civilizations narrative insists that there is an irreconcilable conflict between Islamic and Western Civilization. Paradoxically the leaders of global terrorist movements such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) unequivocally agree with Huntingdon's view and have done their best to propagate it.

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.

What A Trump Presidency Will Do To Canada

Jack Jedwab | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

When some may think it's best to mind their own business when a very close friend is about to make a really bad decision, I believe it's important to let them know. With the strong possibility that the highly divisive Donald Trump will be the Republican candidate for the United States presidency, it is often out of friendship that many Canadians feel compelled to share their concerns with their neighbours to the south. After all, as friends, we don't want walls between us.

The Qualified Welcoming of Syrian Refugees

Maria Calleja | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Maria Calleja

The responses of individuals and countries to the Syrian Refugee Crisis has been a bit of an informal test on the level of humanity within individuals and nations. Even though outwardly Canada seems to have embraced the incoming refugees, I think some people have forgotten the compassion and despair that was felt when the image of Alan Kurdi's lifeless body, was seared into our collective unconscious.

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.

Assimilationists Are On The Wrong Side Of Canada's History

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In Canada, the term assimilation is especially unpopular. It's associated with painful events in the country's history. But the country's proponents of forced assimilation often underestimated the inevitability of resistance on the part of their targets. The lessons of our history seem lost on many Canadians as it's surprising to learn how many endorse making "others" like "them." Paradoxically, several Canadians that continue to fear assimilation are amongst those most apt to believe that their own cultural survival depends others assimilating.

Inside Allah, The One Divine Mother And The Conscience Of Islam

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Living
Shahla Khan Salter

Traditionally acknowledged by all Islamic schools of thought as being beyond gender, Allah is regarded as encompassing both masculine and feminine characteristics. Nonetheless, in contradiction of this concept, the vast majority of Muslims now refer to Allah by the masculine pronoun of "He" without reservation and in the Quran the pronoun "She" is never mentioned.

Donald Trump Should Be Treated Like The Extremist He Is

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

As the media vigorously tries to answer the root causes of radicalism, I wish they would do the same about the outrageous Republican candidate that is Mr. Trump. What, or who, radicalized him? His actions mirror the fanatics and extremists who seek to divide us and create mistrust and hate between neighbours.

I'm Canadian, But Trump Makes Me Want To Be American

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Before I talk about the wretched Muslims ruining America, I'm going to admit I'm not American. I am Canadian, which I realize is pretty unfortunate. To make up for this deficiency, I've always pretended to be American. I pretend because it is feels great to be "exceptional" and more civilized than the rest of the world. I pretend because it makes me feel safer to fear others who are different. I pretend because American Republican politicians aren't afraid to demonstrate their overt bigotry by generalizing an entire group of people. Now, it's time to finally stop pretending and fulfill my true destiny.

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?

The Pain Of Being Different: A Personal Perspective In The Aftermath Of The Paris Attacks

Hessie Jones | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Hessie Jones

I hated being different. Growing up, I wanted to be the same as everyone else. I lived in a predominantly white city. I was the token "brown kid". I was looked at differently. I was teased because of the colour of my skin.

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.