In the wake of the tragic shootings in Orlando, Florida in 2016, Farheen Khan, the originator of Muslims Actually, interviewed El-Farouk Khaki, a refugee and immigration lawyer based in Toronto who identifies as Muslim and is also a member of the LGBTQ community. He was involved in organizing the community iftar (meal to break fast during Ramadan) held in June 2016 in Toronto in the wake of the Orlando Shooting, which brought together members of the LGBTQ community, members of the Muslim community, and people who identify themselves as both Muslim and LGBTQ. This event was covered in The Toronto Star.
Shahed Amanullah is co-founder of Affinis Labs, a Northern Virginia startup incubator that focuses on businesses with positive social impacts in global Muslim communities. Through Affinis Labs, he helps to organize global hackathons to create social impact businesses as well as craft social media strategies for NGOs and governments that combat extremist narratives. As co-founder and director of the lab, Shahed Amanullah helps manage the development and launch of incubated initiatives and mentors portfolio companies to help them accelerate and grow.
Kashif Zubair brings to Adroit over 18 years of experience and skills as a business strategist, accountant, and auditor. Kashif has worked at Ernst & Young, Arthur Anderson, Capital Health System, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kashif’s passion is in making every small-mid size business successful to bring wealth and joy back to the middle class families. Through various avenues within Adroit and his dedication as a Rotarian, Kashif is constantly bringing change to the companies that he works with.
Known as the founder of “Allah Made Me Funny”- The Official Muslim Comedy Tour and as the “poor righteous teacher” from his days as a young performer coming up in the industry, a writer for Hollywood heavyweights like Damon Wayans, George Lopez, and Darrell Hammond on Saturday Night Live, Preacher Moss has proven his value across many levels of stand-up, activism, and community empowerment. His “End of Racism” Comedy and Lecture tour has been voted “Best Diversity Act” on college campuses for 2008 and 2009.
His material has been described as “smooth, intelligent, and thought provoking”, as his comedy simultaneously occupies two spaces, at the same time. Moss makes you laugh and think. He is a master craftsman. His experiences as a comedian, writer, lecturer, Muslim, African-American, and poor righteous teacher are the sum of all his parts. He is The Mighty Preacher Moss. Follow him on twitter at @PreacherMOSS.
Wajahat Ali is the writer ofThe Domestic Crusaders, a two-act play that is being hailed as “one of the first major Muslim American plays.” We asked him what brought him to his current job at Al Jazeera’s The Stream, his ups and downs along the way, and what inspired him to become a playwright.
Surprisingly, circumcision is not a procedure routinely offered in all Ontario hospitals. Reddoch Clinics, located in Cornwall and Ottawa (Southbank Medical Centre), are one of the few clinics in Eastern Ontario focused on circumcision. Providing services for infant, baby, and child circumcision, they have developed specialized systems and processes and have served thousands of babies and families.
November is Adoption Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Children's Aid Societies across Ontario spread the message that every child deserves to have a forever family' in the hopes of encouraging more families to open their homes to children in care.
While learning about indigenous peoples in my Grade 7 History Class at Al Furqan School, we sought to bring some authentic voices to our classroom. Kiera Brant, an indigenous woman and a graduate student at the University of Ottawa, gave a speech to our class on the difficulty of being an indigenous person in our day and age in Canada. She also spoke about the discrimination and past struggles faced by indigenous peoples.
Ramadan, the time of year when we fast all through the day and then treat ourselves with traditional favourites that are often fried, high in calories, and laden with sugar and fat. It can be a challenge to eat healthy when confronted with a plate of crispy fried samosas, oh-so-sweet halwa, or flaky qatayaf at iftar (meal to break the fast).
Rawan Suleiman, a registered dietitian shares strategies on how we can eat healthy in Ramadan.