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  • Share in each other’s celebrations

    Author: Alia Hogben Source: Whig Column During this time of chaos, upheavals, conflicts and hatred, I have a simple suggestion to bring people together. This is not to ask anyone to be “politically correct” or to give up on their own beliefs and practices. It is simply to extend a warm welcome by the sharing… Read more »

  • Teaching the message of Islam

    Author: Alia Hogben Source: Whig Column “Is it correct that the Quran teaches violence” asked my grandson. I try not to be defensive about Islam, nor give a sharp repartee that other sacred texts are full of violent verses. Neither of these responses will help my grandson. He knows that in his world Islam and… Read more »

  • Muslim Women’s Clothing

    Author: Alia Hogben Source: Whig Column Controversy over Muslim women’s clothing has caused recent headlines, namely the burkini on the French beach and the hijab as part of the RCMP uniform. I am sickened by the photograph of a French beach where three police officers crowd around a Muslim woman who is being forced to… Read more »

  • BLOG: Alia Hogben

    Author: Alia Hogben Source: Whig Standard Column What does Sharia mean? It is discussed often enough, but with a lack of clarity as to its correct meaning. It is disturbing when concepts and words are misconstrued not only by non-Muslims but by Muslims themselves. For example, the powerful concept of Sharia is used in contradictory… Read more »

  • Diversity Enriches a Country

    Source: Whig Column Author: Alia Hogben Date: July 16/16. What do Brexit and Trump and Daesh (ISIS) have in common? How do these global entities affect me as a Canadian Muslim woman? These groups are driven by xenophobia – an intense, irrational fear of anything perceived as foreign or strange. This fear leads, amongst many… Read more »

  • Alia Hogben: Muslims cannot demand rights, freedoms without demanding same for others

    Source: Whig Column Author: Alia Hogben Date: June 18 2016. As I sit to write this column, I hear the horrifying news that in the U.S, a Muslim man shot 50 individuals and wounded 50 others in a LGBT bar. This is still being investigated but I feel so hopeless now in writing about the… Read more »

  • Alia Hogben: Newcomers and Canadian Values

    Author: Alia Hogben    Original Source: Whig Column It is wonderful to witness the outpouring of compassion for the Syrian refugees who are being welcomed to Canada. A lot of work is being done by governments and by the private sponsoring individuals and groups to assist these families to settle in their new environment. As part… Read more »

  • Alia Hogben: Refugees, Cultural Practices, and Canadian Values

    Alia Hogben Jan 30/2016. It is wonderful to witness the outpouring of compassion for the Syrian refugees who are being welcomed to Canada. A lot of work is being done by governments and by the private sponsoring individuals and groups to assist these families to settle in their new environment. As part of this welcome,… Read more »

  • Alia Hogben: Extremism, Muslims, and Collective Guilt

    Author: Alia Hogben It is a difficult decision to write this column in the midst of so much hostility directed against all Muslims, along with the insistence that we acknowledge our “collective guilt.” However, it behooves us Muslims to follow the advice of Islamic scholar, Khaled Abou el Fadl, to take a conscientious pause to… Read more »

  • Alia Hogben: Holy Blossom Temple

    Author: Alia Hogben Last week, I spoke at the Holy Blossom Synagogue in Toronto on an interfaith panel of Jews and Muslims, titled, “We refuse to be enemies.” I said that if we refuse to be enemies, then what is required of us to ensure we don’t fall into the trap of intolerance and discrimination?… Read more »