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A Ramadan Message For Muslims After The Orlando Tragedy

(0) 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.

Salaamualaikum.

This Ramadan, we faced a...

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

(0) 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

pregnant woman

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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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

(0) 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.

On...

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Following Hajra in Mecca: Islam's Matriarchal Roots

(0) 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

(0) 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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Will Arabia's Malcolm X Go Free?

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 8:33 AM

It was recently reported that Saudi Arabia's top clerics have declared an Islam-inspired cartoon series, "The 99" a "work of the devil that Muslims should not watch."

This is no surprise. After all, "The 99", produced by Teshkeel Media Group (whose team includes veteran comic...

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At York University: Is the Issue Religious Accommodation or Gender Harassment?

(6) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 6:01 PM

It was recently reported that last September, Professor J. Paul Grayson of York University received a request from a male student to be excused from a scheduled group project. According to the National Post, the student gave the following reason:

"One of the main reasons that I...

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Fox News and a Few Conservative Muslim Leaders are Real Scrooges

(4) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 12:00 PM

On December 6, Slate Magazine published an essay by Aisha Harris entitled, "Santa Claus Should Not be A White Man Anymore." Harris questioned why the fictitious character of Santa was primarily portrayed as white, suggesting it clashed with the reality of children in a racially diverse America. Harris...

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How Muslim Parents Can Help End Bullying in Schools

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 11:37 AM

At the end of the month, Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick, PhD is scheduled to teach a weekend seminar at the University of Calgary, organized by the group, Al-Maghrib Calgary, entitled "Shadows in the Sun - The Living Legacy of the Sahabah." Invited to Calgary by the...

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