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Aya Al-Hakim

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Halifax Honours The Victims Of Baghdad's Karrada

Halifax Honours The Victims Of Baghdad's Karrada Bombing

Candles were lit in downtown Halifax for the souls lost in Baghdad's Karrada bombing. Around 100 people gathered in silence at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street to take a stand against violence and fear.
07/14/2016 04:22 EDT
Refusing To Let Religion Define

Refusing To Let Religion Define Menstruation

In Western culture, the dominating monotheistic religions have been a strong influence in alienating women from their own bodies by enforcing the belief that menstruating women are unclean and spiritually inferior. Judaism, Christianity and Islam view menstruation as a punishment from God.
05/17/2016 06:33 EDT
Jinn: The Muses Of The

Jinn: The Muses Of The Arabs

The phenomenon of poets getting inspired by the jinn can be traced back to pre-Islamic times. It is a living artistic and spiritual tradition that allows people to experience, to some extant, the visionary realities of the prophets, the Friends of God (Awliya) and the saints.
03/29/2016 03:27 EDT
This 'Human Library' Put A Face To The Israeli-Palestinian

This 'Human Library' Put A Face To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Palestinians and Jews of the community posed as a "human library" on Palestine. Each had a desk and a sign specifying if they were Palestinian Canadian, Palestinian Israeli, Jewish Israeli or Canadian Jew. Each had a story to tell on how the conflict affected them personally.
03/07/2016 11:24 EST
Sufism: How Creativity Can Reconnect Us With

Sufism: How Creativity Can Reconnect Us With Nature

Humanity is seen to be independent from nature, even above it. This has been the Western vision of the world. In poisoning the earth, we were led on a self-destructive path. But I try to invoke here an alternative vision, expressed by Islamic (Sufi) arts, which finds that the way humanity relates and depends on nature can be renewed once the creative life is reclaimed.
12/29/2015 03:48 EST
As an Arab-Canadian, I'm Still Searching for

As an Arab-Canadian, I'm Still Searching for Home

What does it mean to be an Arab living in the West? Can I be part of two worlds and to what extent? Going through an identity crisis, results into an ongoing questioning. It is the process of reflecting on the shattered pieces of memory, an abandoned language and understanding of one's ancestors and history.
10/14/2015 08:26 EDT
H&M's Hijab-Wearing Muslim Model Challenges

H&M's Hijab-Wearing Muslim Model Challenges Stereotypes

These women aren't separating their spirituality from personal or creative expression. By having the mainstream fashion industry represent women and men from different cultural and religious backgrounds, stereotypes and beliefs towards a group of people can be challenged. It is a step towards making unseen people seen.
09/16/2015 12:31 EDT