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Muslim ‘religious’ family laws

Author: Alia Hogben Source: Kingston Whig-Standard Far too often our organization, the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, gets frantic, sad calls from Muslim women asking about family laws. They are confused about which family laws apply to them in Canada. They are often told that Muslim family laws are religiously mandated and apply in all… Read more »

Equality, Equity, Empowerment

Author: Alia Hogben Source: Kingston Whig-Standard This is a significant year as it marks the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and of our organization, the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. The Charter has had a pervasive influence on women and their rights, so it is an opportune time to hold… Read more »

Sharia and jurisprudence not the same

By Alia Hogben KINGSTON – The other night, at our three-generation dinner table, the topic of “sharia law” came up and caused some confusion and tension. The world is falling apart around us for a number of reasons and one of these reasons is misunderstandings between Muslims and non-Muslims. One example is the constant misuse… Read more »

Abou Ben Adhem

Author: Alia Hogben At the end of May, Ramadan will start for Muslims. This is a month of fasting from dawn to sunset and is one of the five practices of Islam, which includes belief in One God; regular prayers; charity and the pilgrimage. We believe it was in this month that the Prophet Mohammad… Read more »

A state visit to Sweden

Author: Alia Hogben Source: Kingston Whig-Standard KINGSTON – When I say that I often feel blessed and fortunate, people are bemused because many negative events have happened in our personal lives and in the lives of many Muslims. I don’t ignore these but I believe that to move forward we must focus on the many… Read more »

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: 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 »