Tahir Gora
Tahir Aslam Gora is a Pakistani writer, novelist, poet, journalist, editor, translator and publisher. He has over 20 years of experience in the media industry during which time he's been a biweekly columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and contributed as a freelanced to various European and American media outlets.

He is currently at work on two manuscripts; one about Islam, the other titled "Understanding Canadian Multiculturalism."

Entries by Tahir Gora

Census Stirs Urdu-Punjabi Languages Clash Within Pakistani Community

(54) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 3:46 PM

Some Toronto-based Ethnic Urdu newspapers and some Pakistani-Canadian community leaders on social media are urging Punjabi Pakistani-Canadians particularly to not mention Punjabi as their mother tongue in Census Canada 2016.

Another example of such an opinion is on Facebook, where a Pakistani Canadian wrote, "I request...

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Remember Those Who Have Died For Religious Freedom

(10) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 1:10 PM

As Toronto was getting ready in the first week of March to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Pakistan Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti's assassination, the Government of Pakistan hanged a man, Mumtaz Qadri, for the brutal murder of Punjab province's governor, Salman Taseer.

The murderer of Salman Taseer met...

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Why The Jaipur Literary Festival Is One All Book Fans Should Follow

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 10:47 AM

It was a pleasure participating as a Guest Delegate in India's Jaipur Literary Festival, which claims to be a world's largest Literary Festival.

Jaipur Literary Festival 2016 marked another success story of the event with a record presence of Indian youth, showing their interests to delicate issues...

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Rejecting Political Islam Can Help Counter ISIS' Ideology

(17) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 10:07 AM

Why aren't more Muslims living in the West actively speaking out against a series of terror acts inspired by Islamic State ideology? Are the press releases against such acts released by traditional Islamic centres enough to show our solidarity with our neighbours?

These are the questions in my mind in...

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Don't Make My Religion an Election Issue

(73) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 12:10 PM

A newspaper's headline -- "Harper pitting country against Muslims, some Niqab wearers say" -- made many Canadian Muslims ponder why Canadian media and politicians are deciding niqab is a Muslim issue.

Neither is niqab a requirement of Islam, nor do a majority of Canadian Muslim women wear it....

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Wearing a Niqab or a Veil Is Not a Requirement of Islam

(124) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 11:44 AM

A federal Judge has turned down former Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's Niqab Ban in Citizenship Oath ceremony.

A Mississauga resident, Mrs. Zunera Ishaq, an immigrant from Pakistan challenged the government's policy.

"I decided to raise my voice so that I can challenge this policy, which was a personal...

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Islam and The Battlefield for Freedom of Press

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:37 PM

Another Islamism related terror attack has killed 12 people in Paris.

How many more? Is there any end to it, particularly in the western world?

There is no answer to such questions.

However, many Islam apologetics jump on the floor to defend Islam on one hand and few...

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The 'Barbaric Practices' Bill Calls a Spade a Spade

(34) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:47 AM

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander tabled a bill called The Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices act in Parliament last month.

Government claims that the act would prevent Canadians from barbaric cultural practices such as polygamy and forced marriages. However, some criticize the name of...

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Canadian Muslims Caught up in Two Extremes

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 11:41 AM

I used to hear some moderate Muslims say that "our faith is hijacked by extremists."

Later on those moderates hijacked whatever they could do.

This reminds me of a press release by a small so-called moderate Muslim group that boycotted a conference arranged by the Coalition of Progressive Canadian...

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Why Canadian Muslims Should Speak Out Against ISIS

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 4:47 PM

We can certainly see Canada's overwhelming concerns over 'Islamic State of Iraq and Levant' (ISIL) mass murder acts in Middle East. The new monster calls herself ISIS, IS and some Arabic names too.

PM Harper has pledged to send special ops soldiers as advisers to...

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What Do Indian Elections Mean to the World?

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 1:33 PM

India's Federal Parliament Election Results are out. As were expected, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the leadership of Narendra Modi has secured the majority in 16th Lok Sabha.

The whole world was watching India's elections particularly for two reasons. India as an emerging economic power must have its impact on...

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Islamic Calendar 2013 in Toronto Closed by Ummah Identity Crises Conference

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 2:49 PM

The year 2013 in Toronto closed by a high profile Islamic event called "Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference - RIS".

Like any year, the conference was an exciting event for thousands Canadian Muslim youths and a concern for some organizations and groups too.

2013 RIS conference revolved around "Changing...

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Breaking Down Negative Muslim and Jewish Stereotypes

(8) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Yossi Klein Halevi, an Israeli author, was talking to a small group of media people on Israel's concerns over political upside downs in the Middle East and sort of Iran's apparent u-turn policy towards Israel last week in a meeting arranged by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

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Gerrard Street Mosque Mural Fiasco

(4) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 3:12 PM

It was a quite morning in Gerrard India Bazar. Suddenly, I saw a Sun Media Van pulling in between a restaurant and the Mosque.

Later, I noticed two to three people walking around the mosque and talking about the calligraphy that was inscribed on the outer walls of the...

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Is Moderation of Islam Still a Challenge in Canada and the Western World?

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 4:20 PM

Pam Geller and Robert Spencer, both spoke in a Toronto event last month despite National Council of Canadian Muslims' fierce opposition.

National Council of Canadian Muslims, former CAIR-CAN, stands for traditional political Islamic organizations and Mosques in Canada.

Contrary to this organization, a newly formed Coalition of Progressive Canadian...

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Would Quebec be Able to Deliver True Multiculturalism?

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 1:41 PM

There is no conservative government or liberal government in Quebec that is seeking restrictions on Islamic radicalization in the province. Rather, it is the Parti Quebecois government which wants to introduce a new secular charter ASAP.

If it had been a current Conservative Party seeking for such legislation at...

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Why Is Al Quds Rally a Message of Hatred and Violence?

(93) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 5:05 PM

"Down Down Harper": one could hear those rants by a bunch of radical Canadian Muslims in Downtown Toronto in the Al Quds Rally last Saturday.

They were not calling "Down Down Harper" due to their internal political conflicts based on Canadian issues with Harper government. They were...

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The Muslim Brotherhood in Canada Don't Care About Democracy

(18) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 5:38 PM

Should it be alarming for Canadians that the numbers of Muslim Brotherhood and AlQaeeda supporters are increasing in Canada?

Of course, they should.

Is it not Islamists' democratic rights to gather an assembly in Canada and ask for restoration of democracy in Egypt?

Yes, Indeed. And they are doing...

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Are Pakistani Diplomats in Toronto Beyond Diplomacy?

(18) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 3:05 PM

At a time when two rival nations in South East Asia, Pakistan and India, are struggling for better relations with each other, a seasoned diplomat of Pakistan Consulate in Toronto, Mr. Imran Ali, writes hateful remarks against India and Indians on his Facebook page: "And the state a terrorist state...

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Welcome to Canada, Rimsha Masih!

(4) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 5:44 PM

It's not just the breaking news; it's also the big news now that a persecuted teen girl, Rimsha Masih from Pakistan, has arrived in Canada.

Welcome to Canada, Rimsha Masih!

A family member of mine spotted her in our neighbourhood and brought it to my attention. I immediately contacted...

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