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Does Bill 60 Mean Leave Canada for Muslim Families?

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By Kiran Malik-Khan “Mom, are we going to leave Canada?” Shahzaib, my almost 10-year-old's voice was laced with nervousness, his big brown eyes filled with a worry that can cut through a mother's heart. But, my answer came gently, yet firmly. “Yes, hon, if Bill 60 gets passed, and if it ever gets adopted by all of Canada; we would ... Read More »

How Not to Stop Racism in the Arab American Community – A Response

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By: Diala Khalife A response to “How do you stop racism in the Arab American community? Heck if I know” I write this in response to a deeply problematic blog post published by Muslim Matters on December 11th. The piece was met with objections and critiques by some Arabs and non-Arab Muslims on Twitter [1]. The original post attempts to ... Read More »

“He Was Real to Us” – A South African Muslim’s Hesitant Tribute to Mandela

A young member of the Maitibolo Cultural Troupe, who came to dance for well-wishers in honour of Nelson Mandela, poses for well-wishers in front of a placard of Mandela, outside the entrance to the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela was being treated in Pretoria, South Africa Photo: AP

By Na'ima B. Robert When I heard about Nelson Mandela's death in the early hours of the morning of December 5, via a message on Viber, the only way I could describe the way I felt was numb. I didn't feel a crushing sense of grief or loss. I didn't cry. Although I had been aware of his ill health ... Read More »

Left Behind – the Families of Muslim Prisoners in CMUs

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Helplessness and resolve draped in a cream hijab and coral shawl, her face shielded behind over-sized sunglasses, holding her head high, she displays the photograph of the love of her life at a rally in front of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Sahar Ahmed married a network engineer from a decent Pakistani family. The kind of guy most ... Read More »

The Niqab Debate | How Muslims Contribute & Articulate Faith in British Society [Part II]

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Part Two [Part One of this debate can be viewed here] Although the pseudo-controversy surrounding the niqāb is at the vanguard of the tabloid agenda, we must ask ourselves why it is that in a liberal democracy, wherein religious freedom of its minorities should be protected, there seems to be an attack on these religious symbols of Muslims; whether it ... Read More »

The Niqab Debate | How Muslims Contribute & Articulate Faith in British Society [Part I]

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Part One Once again a 'piece of cloth' (Niqab) has dominated our newspaper headlines and discussions on the internet. On Monday, Liberal Democrat Home Office minister Jeremy Browne called for a “national debate” as to whether or not Muslim women should be banned from wearing the niqab, especially in places of public social interaction. His call was echoed by Conservative ... Read More »

Understanding the Pain of the Zimmerman Trial

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By Dawud Walid The recent acquittal in the George Zimmerman case reignited a national discussion about race relations in America.  There were many on one end of the spectrum, who stated the Zimmerman case typifies the lack of racial equity and justice in America for Blackamericans, from the initial profiling of Trayvon Martin, the trying of his character during the ... Read More »

Panorama – Secrets of Britain’s Sharia Councils

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Panorama goes undercover to investigate what is really happening in Britain's Sharia Councils – Islamic religious courts. Some women reveal they have suffered domestic violence ignored by these councils as campaigners say it is time to tackle the parallel legal system which can run counter to British law. Part 1: Panorama – Secrets of Britain's Sharia Councils   Part 2: ... Read More »

Israel and Apartheid | Taking Action with BDS

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Pre-req | Introduction  | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 We've spent the last few articles describing the apartheid policies implemented by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The obvious question which follows is: so what, what am I to do about it and why? Apart from the obvious moral incumbency of acting to eliminate injustice, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict deserves special attention for a ... Read More »

June 1st : International Day of Action for the Rohingya Suffering

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Why the world needs to act: Beginning last summer a series of riots broke out in Rakhine State, in western Burma. While these clashes were reported as “sectarian violence” by most news outlets, the truth of the matter was that the Rohingya, whom were stripped of their citizenship in 1982, were systematically killed, brutalized, displaced, and in many cases forced ... Read More »

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