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Blog Post by CCMW’s Executive Director: Alia Hogben

I am often asked if Islam’s and Canadian values are congruent or in conflict, which then raises the issue of what is meant by Canadian values. Some people think they are Judeo/Christian values, but I think these are far more encompassing. For example, equality of peoples has not always been in the forefront of Western… Read more »

Alia’s Blog

Author: Alia Hogben I am hesitant when I write some of these columns when the subject matter is complex and I can’t do it justice in such a short space. Also, I am honest in saying that I am not an Islamic scholar, but do feel competent enough to broach these subjects. Islam and Muslims… Read more »

Blog – Alia Hogben

Author: Alia Hogben I am not alone in feeling deeply disheartened after the horrors of Paris a couple of weeks ago. As a Muslim and as a Canadian I feel conflicted and torn in making sense of the cold blooded murders, anti – Jewish killings, the attacks on Islam, and the violence used to defend… Read more »

Racist Labelling of Proposed Bill is Sickening

(Author: Alia Hogben) There has been a spate of anti-Muslim acts of vandalism and racism, as a result of the murders in Quebec and Ottawa of the soldiers in November, by two men who were converts to Islam. Some mosques and Islamic centres have been targeted, including the Kingston one. I know there are some… Read more »

Let’s work together, not indulge in blame game

Author: Alia Hogben It is hard to make sense of the tragic deaths of two military men, Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent- in Ottawa and Quebec. We convey our condolences to the families of these two men. There is ongoing discussion to try to understand the reasons for such killings. The mother… Read more »

ISIS atrocities have little to do with religion

Author: Alia Hogben I am tired, tired, tired of the onslaught of anti – Muslim rhetoric. There is no restraint in the nastiness directed at all things Muslim and Islam. Why is it acceptable when journalists, such as Ezra Levant, Anthony Furey or Lorne Gunter, write such diatribes against Muslims? If the same things were… Read more »

Citizenship Ceremony 

Author: Alia Hogben On October 10, 2014, CCMW’s Executive Director, Alia Hogben, presided over a Citizenship Ceremony as the official at Bellevue House, Kingston, ON. We would like to share the speech on our website. This is an exciting and important day for you and your families, and I am honoured to be part of… Read more »

Descendants of early Muslims are still with us

Author: Alia Hogben Few Canadians –Muslims and non-Muslims – know the history of Muslims and their pioneering efforts to build a life here. The first Muslim immigrants were two Scottish families who came to Canada before Confederation in 1867. Sadly little is known about them, beyond their registration in the Census of 1871. The next… Read more »

Explanations of “critical Muslims” not appreciated

Author: Alia Hogben Why is W.B Yeats poem still prophetic? “Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer, Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood – dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack… Read more »

“Human Rights continue to be denied to many”

How many of us pay attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and more importantly how influential it is in our daily lives? As Canadians we should be proud that it was a Canadian, John Peter Humphrey, who drafted the declaration which was proclaimed on December 14, 1948 at the U.N. Our Charter of… Read more »

Make term ‘honour based violence’ irrelevant

The Quran is clear that the burying of live infant girls is a sin for which the murderers will be held responsible, then why does anyone think the killing of women and girls will not be viewed in the same light? “When the sun is shrouded in darkness and when the stars lose their light…when… Read more »

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 »

Whig Column by Alia Hogben

The recent column by Tom Harpur – “Middle- class values absent from Bible” – made me again realize how believers of all faiths extrapolate and misconstrue the teachings of the sacred books. [Whig Standard, March 21/14] Harpur says the Christian religious right has hijacked the field of personal ethics and righteousness under the heading of… Read more »

Embracing My Duality — Wen-Do Self-Defense!

Author: Hamna Anwar (Program Executive for Toronto Chapter) Thrilled as any girl would be to attend a self-defense class I was really excited to learn some kick-ass moves through our Wen-Do Self Defense Class on Feb 28th, 2014. Laura, our awesome instructor, started the session off in a circle asking each one of us the… Read more »

Whig Column by Alia Hogben

For any woman, but more so for a believing woman, it is so exasperating when religious teachings and traditions are used to justify abhorrent practices damaging to women and girls. Too often religious dictates, as interpreted by some traditionalists, seem to trump  women’s human rights. When God or religious laws are cited, it is almost… Read more »