profile image

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Editor,, Ambassador for Canadian Diversity

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed is the Editorial Director and Founder of CanadianMomEh (a parenting and lifestyle blog), a freelance journalist, and a work-at-home mom of two.
Mark Blinch / Reuters

Help Make Canadian History By Denouncing Islamophobia

Recent atrocities committed by Islamist radicals have painted all Muslims with a broad brush. The petition condemns these atrocities, but also affirms that the overwhelming majority of Canadian Muslims are not represented by these actions, and as such should not suffer discrimination on their basis.
09/30/2016 09:50 EDT
Faisal Nasser / Reuters

Why Muslims Around The World Are Fasting For Ramadan

The month of Ramadan has just begun for over a billion Muslims around the world; thirty days of fasting from sunrise to sunset. While it may sound harsh to some, as Muslims there is so much beauty in Ramadan and what it represents. When Muslims fast (in our case for almost 18 hours) it invigorates your other senses in many ways.
06/07/2016 08:30 EDT
Sean Gallup via Getty Images

Not In The Name Of My Faith

In the aftermath of these horrible atrocities, it is everyday Muslims around the world; particularly in the West that brace themselves for the aftermath. For the hate speech, instances of racism and inevitable discrimination that follow.
11/14/2015 11:00 EST

'A Canadian Is a Canadian Is a Canadian'

By voting for change, we sent our message loud and clear. Positivity trumps negativity. The previous administration attempted to divide us but as I sat on my couch, listening to Justin Trudeau's valiant acceptance speech with goosebumps, my Canadian pride grew stronger with his every word.
10/20/2015 01:28 EDT

Ordering a Woman to Remove Her Hijab in Court Alienated All Muslims

It is mind bogglingly outrageous to learn that a Quebec judge would serve her own religiously discriminatory interests rather than promote the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms under which she governs. As a proud Canadian Muslim woman I firmly believe that we as a society are better than this and we need to speak out against discrimination under the guise of secularism.
02/27/2015 06:40 EST
Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Let's Call the Chapel Hill Shooting What it Was: A Hate Crime

Three young adults were killed in the Chapel Hill Shooting in North Carolina, 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. Two of them were a married couple that had only been married six weeks. Unfortunately there is a shortage of information on North American media outlets. To all politicians who have voiced a concern for the safety of Muslims, who have specified that the ongoing war on terror is not against the overwhelming majority of law abiding Muslims in our society, let us hear you speak. Let us hear you denounce this hate crime, you can start by calling it what it is.
02/12/2015 05:53 EST
AFP via Getty Images

The Charlie Hebdo Killings Should Not Fuel More Hate

Few things are more despicable than the actions of these murderous individuals. Their actions are to be unequivocally condemned. However, to use an instance where 12 lives were extinguished in order to create momentum for furthering hate is not only ill-advised and insensitive -- it is disgusting and ill-placed. This is not the time to go and inflame an already sensitive issue. Families are mourning their deceased loved ones. Let's focus instead on respecting the lives lost and not on continuing to spread hatred.
01/11/2015 11:10 EST

A Mother's Love Never Dies

My heart once beat inside of her. It has been 10 years since my mother passed and though she's not here with me, a part of her spirit continues to beat inside of me. Life continues perpetually without...
01/04/2015 07:46 EST
- via Getty Images

I am Malala Yousafzai

I am Malala. I come from a lineage of women who fought stereotypes, racism and bigotry in their adapted homes in North America. I continue to fight it here in Canada. I am Malala because I understand what it is like to have others want to silence you, your beliefs and your actions. Each and every single Muslim woman who has been a victim of racism, prejudice and bigotry is Malala.
10/10/2014 12:46 EDT

A Quebec Doctor Asked Me to Remove My Hijab -- I Refused

For the naysayers or eye-rollers out there, there is nothing wrong with removing my hijab or other article of clothing for a doctor if it is necessary for the sake of the medical examination. In this instance, it was not. It was the equivalent of asking a woman to fully remove her top and undergarment in order to examine her lungs. The changes in the environment in Quebec are subtle but ever present. I have felt the chill in the air. From the racial slur while at the movies with my kids to reading passive aggressive comments on social media. Our joie de vivre, pride in diversity and bilingualism has been replaced with political unease, targeted discrimination of visibly religious minorities and linguistic force.
03/13/2014 12:19 EDT

Quebec's Charter Makes Minorities into Second-Class Citizens

Let's call Bill 60 what it truly is: a bill that encourages intolerance, divides the population and makes visible and religious minorities into second class citizens in their own home. It is time for the opposition to step up and stop this nonsense. Until then I remain Canadian, Quebecker, a visibly practicing Muslim and proud.
01/14/2014 05:10 EST

I Took My Family to the Movies and Got Called a "F-ing Terrorist"

When I leaned over and asked a woman in a movie theatre to please put her cellphone away, she started yelling at me. She AND her husband called me an F'ing TERRORIST repeatedly. Does the colour of my skin or the fact that I wear a piece of cloth on my head make it alright to lambaste me in public in front of my child and her friends?
11/05/2013 08:46 EST

Hey, Parti Québécois - It's My Hijab and My Choice

Are we really the progressive nation that we like to think we are or is it just politically correct terminology that is convenient to use? What kind of nation do we want for our children? One of religious tolerance and understanding or one of intolerance, exclusionism and passing judgment?
10/25/2013 12:35 EDT

How Bullying and Racism Shaped Who I Am

One of the bullies caught up to me, and grabbed at my bag. Taking hold of the strap of my green school bag that fit snuggly against my pink snowsuit, he swung me around. The other boy came next, taunting and screaming at me: "Dirty Paki." These words have haunted me for years, and I fear they will haunt my daughter as well.
10/02/2013 12:18 EDT