Posts By: CCMW

The Ottawa International Writer’s Festival – The Muslimah who Fell to Earth

The Ottawa International Writers’ Festival hosted a book launch: The Muslimah who Fell to Earth, by Samina S. Hussein. Other writers featured are Dr. Ferrukh Faruqui, Ottawa chapter member, and Hanan Abdulkadir of Montreal.

Granny Gathering of 2017

Fatma Maged, a member of the Ottawa chapter, is also a member of Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign of the Ottawa group of volunteer Grannies, under the Stephen Lewis Foundation. She helped to organize the Granny Gathering of 2017, and sewed dozens of cloth bags given out to participant members. The Gathering is a celebration of… Read more »

7 Muslim Male Scholars Who Support Female Imams

Author: Junaid Jahangir Source: The Blog In 2005, Muslim scholar Dr. Amina Wadud led Friday prayers despite bomb threats. Curiously, 12 years later, a Muslim consultant, Yasmin Mogahed, addressed a query at the “About Islam” website. Mogahed invoked consensus that men should lead prayers and that women should stop mimicking men. She created a binary… Read more »

Malala’s Speech to Canadian Parliament

Author: Canadian Press Source: CBC News The prepared text of Malala Yousafzai’s speech Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to MPs, senators, dignitaries and guests during a joint session of Parliament. Note, the text may differ from her speech as delivered: (Click the picture to watch the video) Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim. In the name of… Read more »

CAJM Passover Message

Dear Friends, We at the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims extend heartfelt greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters who are celebrating Passover beginning today at sundown. Passover commemorates the Jewish exodus from Egypt when an enslaved people achieved freedom from their oppressors. The Passover message of freedom from oppression is not confined to the Jewish… Read more »

Catalyst for Change: Accelerating Diversity on Canada’s Provincial Boards

CCMW Toronto chapter partnered with the Women’s Portfolio for the Ismaili Council of Ontario and the Ismaili Council of Toronot for an evening of networking and dialogue on the importance of gender diversity in decision making positions. The keynote speaker was The Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP (Halton) and Minster of the Status of Women and Minster Responsible for Early Years and… Read more »

Muslim community leaders thank elected officials

Author: Kathryn Greenaway Source: Montreal Gazette It’s been over two months since a lone gunman opened fire during prayers at a Quebec City mosque, killing six and wounding 19. Over the past week, Muslim leaders stepped forward to thank elected officials in Montreal and Ottawa for demonstrating leadership by speaking out against intolerance and Islamophobia in the weeks following… Read more »

Data analysis crucial when studying motivation for murderous attacks

Author: Kathryn Greenaway Source: Montreal Gazette I don’t wear a scarf in public. That way people don’t hate you as much. I know young Muslim families who won’t give their babies Muslim names because they don’t want them to be bullied.  – Amira Elias, vice-president of the Montreal chapter of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women… Read more »

A guide to Canada’s anti-Islamic groups

Author: Steven Zhou Source: Now It would be wrong to pin the blame for the recent increase in anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant racism on one source. Recent demonstrations against Muslims, including a high profile protest outside of downtown’s Masjid Toronto not long after the Quebec City mosque shooting, are the handiwork of a tight circle of far-right… Read more »

How to defeat racism? Get to know one another

Author: Zarqa Nawaz Source: The Globe and Mail (Zarqa Nawaz is the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie and the author ofLaughing All the Way to the Mosque) When I first learned that Irish immigrants were discriminated against, I was confused. Like meteors that come from outer space, don’t all white people originate from… Read more »

Video offering $1K reward for recordings of Muslim students praying ignites fears

Author: Shanifa Nasser Source: CBC News Staff with the Peel District School Board in southern Ontario are being cautioned to be “extra vigilant” about a video making the rounds online offering a $1,000 reward for recordings of Muslim students in any school in the region “spewing hate speech during Friday prayers.” The nearly 3½-minute video was posted… Read more »

Ottawa Could Be Canada’s Greatest Sanctuary City

Author: Shala Khan Salter (CCMW Ottawa Chapter Member, Director – Universalist Muslims) Source: Huffington Post This week, Ottawa City Council holds an information review, respecting a move to designate Ottawa to be a sanctuary city. Called “largely-symbolic” by some, a sanctuary city ensures all residents have access to municipal services, regardless of immigration status, without… Read more »