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Articles, speeches, and media appearances by CCMW Executive Director Alia Hogben can be found on this page.

    Exploring the different understandings of God

    Recently, when I was a panelist on Michael Enright’s CBC show, Sunday Edition, on the Public God, he asked us to describe God. The Christians spoke of God as a person, while I said that as a Muslim, God was the Creator, a force or light with no human aspects. This exchange stayed with me… Read more »

    Equality, Equity, Empowerment

    Author: Alia Hogben Website: International Museum of Women In 1982, a group of women decided to start a women-run organization for Muslim women in Canada. These women established the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) with the shared belief that Islam advocates the equality, equity and empowerment of women. Executive Director of the CCMW Alia… Read more »

    The Founding Mothers. The Story of the Dundas Street Mosque and its Female Contributors

    Author: Khalidah Ali Toronto is a city with a thriving Muslim community. It is home to over one hundred masajid and Islamic centers that were built by many hard working Canadians dedicated to carving out a space for Muslims in Canada. Though important scholarship has begun, much of the history of these Muslim pioneers remains… Read more »

    Whig column by Alia Hogben

    My column last month was on the projects CCMW is doing on violence against women and girls, to improve our lives as Canadian Muslims. However, the news from other parts of the world regarding the treatment of Muslim women and girls leaves us broken-hearted. On what grounds are girl children considered marriageable at the age… Read more »

    Refusing to be silenced

    There are two recent developments that are particularly discouraging for Canadian Muslims.

    The first is the fact that the controversial proposed Quebec charter’s blatant racism and prejudice is sadly supported by many Canadians. The findings of the recent Angus Reid Opinion Poll of all Canadians, as quoted in Maclean’s magazine, (October 2013) found an increase in the negative attitude toward Islam, amongst non-Muslim Canadians, from 46% in 2009, to 54% in 2013.

    These factors are disheartening for those of us who work toward trying to improve relationships. Still, trying to be optimistic and hopeful, I say to myself, at least half of our fellow citizens like us … glass half full or half empty.

    A Ramadan Message from our Director


    Thoughtful translations of Quran are essential by Alia Hogben

    This column was originally published in the February 2nd, 2013 edition of The Kingston Whig-Standard. Amongst Muslims, it is oft-repeated that the Quran cannot be translated, only interpreted, because it is held to be the exact words from God to the Prophet Mohammad via the Angel Gabriel. But for those of us who are not… Read more »

    Friendship lights the darkness caused by grief, sadness by Alia Hogben

    This column was originally published in the January 5th, 2013 edition of The Kingston Whig-Standard Another year sped by, and it leaves one reflecting on what of consequence happened to me and mine. On the world scene, certainly, much violence and strife took place in 2012. How can we make sense of the horrific individual… Read more »

    Luxury hotels soul-destroying by Alia Hogben

    This column was originally published in the December 6th, 2012 edition of The Kingston Whig-Standard Within my identity of being Canadian, Muslim and Indian, I am keenly interested in the history of my countries, as in the same way I am interested in the history of Islam and of the early believers. I agree with… Read more »

    Distinction between religion and culture questionable by Alia Hogben

    This column was originally published in the November 7th, 2012 edition of The Kingston Whig-Standard In recent times, many Muslims insist that religious teachings should take precedence over cultural values or practices. Religion’s “pure” message should not be contaminated by cultural practices that are seen as negative and of little value. This means religious teachings… Read more »