Shahla Khan Salter
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Shahla Khan Salter is Director of Universalist Muslims.

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Ottawa Could Be Canada's Greatest Sanctuary City

(7) Comments | Posted March 30, 2017 | 11:08 AM

This week, Ottawa City Council holds an information review, respecting a move to designate Ottawa to be a sanctuary city. Called "largely-symbolic" by some, a sanctuary city ensures all residents have access to municipal services, regardless of immigration status, without fear of deportation. Supporters hope the...

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To Our Muslim Sisters: Don't Let Faith Stop You From Getting Married

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2017 | 1:43 PM

Recently, Junaid Jahangir wrote a blog arguing that Muslim women can marry outside the faith. Junaid quoted 10 modern-day authorities and mentioned that Universalist Muslims and a few other organizations who are seated outside the traditional Islamic establishment, serve the Muslim community...

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Hate Trumped Love In 2016, But We Can't Lose Hope

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2016 | 12:44 PM

Hate trumped love in America this election amid Trump's promises to ban Muslim immigration, build a wall at the Mexican border and amid mockery of the disabled, unleashed misogyny and support from white supremacists.

Muslim tyrants move over --...

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Muslim Police Chaplain's Sexist Remarks Silence Victims Of Abuse

(18) Comments | Posted November 3, 2016 | 3:47 PM

Recently appointed Toronto Police Services Muslim chaplain Musleh Khan has come under scrutiny for statements he made publicly in 2013 about respecting the role and duties of married women in Islam.

Those statements have been described as "appalling" by Executive Director Alia Hogben of the Muslim...

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A Ramadan Message For Muslims After The Orlando Tragedy

(10) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 9:15 AM

Ramadan dinners are held everywhere this month, including in my Muslim community in Ottawa , where all are welcome -- gay or straight. At last night's dinner, I was asked to say a few words. Here they are.


This Ramadan, we faced a...

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

(31) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 2:24 PM

"Say: She is Allah, She is One, She is Eternal
She begets not nor is She begotten
And there is none equal unto Her."
-The Holy Quran: Surah Ikhlas (Absoluteness), 112

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The above verse defines the Omnipotence of God in Islam.

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Engaged Muslim Voters Are the 'Radicals' Harper's Most Afraid Of

(130) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 8:00 AM

Dear fellow Canadian Muslims,

An election is upon us and one party has targeted our community to unite some of our fellow citizens against us in hatred and bigotry.

It has made the niqab a central election issue.

In doing so and for that purpose,...

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We Are All Complicit in the Tragedy on Turkey's Shores

(37) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 1:09 PM

By now everyone has seen the tiny corpse of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on Turkey's shores.

Alan's family tried to escape the horror of ISIS (also called Daesh), leaving Syria to travel to Turkey. The family of four was travelling with others in a lifeboat wearing...

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The Cycling Cleric's Inspiration - The Ultimate Gift From One Brother to Another

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 12:13 PM

Some call him a hero, but Imad Zammar says that if his mom, Freida Zammar, is present, she is quick to correct them and say, "he's not a hero -- he did what you are supposed to do -- for family."

Maybe, but not everyone saves their older brother's life...

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Pulling Kids Out of New Sex-Ed Classes Will Only Breed Fear and Hate

(244) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 1:15 PM

The Ontario government revealed a new sex ed curriculum last month, its first update since 1998. Deemed controversial by some, others say the changes are much needed in light of the access our children now have to technology.

Amidst controversy Liz Sandals, Minister...

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Leaves A Legacy of Shame

(28) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 5:26 PM

Last week King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 90.

From the time he received the throne in 1995 until the day he died, Abdullah watched, mostly in silence, as the world became mired in religious extremism and as blame for the chaos...

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A Muslim Message to Those Leaving Canada to Join ISIS

(15) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Recently ISIS released a video featuring former Canadian, 23-year-old John Maguire, now known as Abu Anwar Al-Canadi, demanding Muslim Canadians carry out terrorist attacks on Canadian soil.

The video comes as no surprise to ordinary peaceful Canadian Muslims. Though the scourge of ISIS must be extinguished, Canada is...

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Post-Shooting, Muslim Canadians Stand in Solidarity With Our Country

(105) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 8:11 AM

Our nation was rocked by shootings in Ottawa, which left two dead, including the attacker, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau and an innocent reservist standing guard at our War Memorial, Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Three other individuals were injured.

Schools and government offices were under lockdown, while businesses and roads in...

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An Open Letter From Some Muslims Who Love Canada and Human Rights

(46) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 9:23 AM

Dear Fellow Canadians:

On Tuesday, October 7 the Harper government voted for military action against ISIS/ISIL notwithstanding all opposition parties opposed it.

We agree that ISIS/ISIL is committing atrocities in the Middle East and has killed and caused to flee from their homes thousands of...

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Dear Mr. Ambassador: We Are Concerned About Egypt's LGBTQ Community

(5) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 5:11 PM

The following is a condensed version of our letter to the Ambassador of Egypt in Ottawa, Motaz Mounir Zahran.

Universalist Muslims is a not-for-profit federally incorporated community organization in Canada. We advocate for human rights, including LGBTQI rights, inside and outside the mosque.


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Following Hajra in Mecca: Islam's Matriarchal Roots

(8) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 6:04 PM

October 4 is Eid ul Adha, Islam's festival of the sacrifice. And right now more than two million pilgrims have converged upon Mecca to complete the pilgrimage called Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims are encouraged to make the Hajj once...

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Ordinary Muslims Part 2: The Cycling Cleric Riding for Our Hearts

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 11:48 AM

Mohamad Jebara -- also known as The Cycling Cleric -- serves as Chief Imam at the Cordova Spiritual Education Center. Young, dynamic and married, with two children, his Friday sermons are filled with love and compassion for humanity and he ridicules the notion that God can...

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Ordinary Muslims Part 1: There Is No Islam In ISIS

(8) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 8:38 AM

Recent news that several young Canadian men, including two Calgary brothers, died fighting for ISIS has shocked Canada's Muslim community -- the vast majority of whom scoff at the notion that the terrorists who have overrun Syria and Iraq are acting upon authentic Islamic teachings, much...

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Dear Stephen Harper, Eid Mubarak

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

In the past month the world has witnessed thousands suffer in Gaza, Iraq and Syria, forced to flee their homes and/or face massacres. We have watched ISIS terrorists take over huge swathes of land in Iraq and head...

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If Muhammad Was Alive Today They Would Arrest Him Too

(6) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 5:57 PM

The world was rocked this month by more atrocities, committed under the guise of "Islam."

The first was the kidnapping of more than 270 Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist group, Boko Haram. As despondent parents pleaded with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for help, pundits, including comedian...

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