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Warda Naili

Born and raised in Montreal,  I changed my name to Warda after converting to Islam at the age of 19. Warda can mean "flower" or "rose" in Arabic. My maternal grandmother was named Rose and I chose to wear her name to signify that I may have changed my lifestyle by converting to Islam, but I will never forget where I came from. Because I'm proud of it.

As a convert and a veiled woman, I am led to experience all kinds of situations, which makes me wonder about my place in Quebec society and the relationship the people have with visible minorities, since I consider myself one since I put on the veil.

Feeling whole in my cultural identity and faith, I am trying as much as I can to make it known that it is possible to be Québécois and Muslim, and I seek to raise awareness about our relationship with each other in this society.