Musleh Khan, one of North America’s youngest imams, serves at the Sakinah Community Center in Toronto. Educated at the University of Medina, the city where he was born to Indo-Caribbean parents, Khan has been recognized for his ability to make some of Islam’s most complicated concepts easier to understand.
Muslim Link caught up with Khan at the Jami Omar fundraising dinner. In this exclusive interview, Khan shares his thoughts on how to prevent youth radicalization and gang involvement, as well as how to effectively engage youth and increase ethno-cultural diversity in mosques.
Recently, concerns have been raised within Ottawa's Muslim communities about how many of youth that seemed to be involved in gang-related violence, both as victims and as perpetrators, are from Muslim families.
Muslim Link caught up with Nouman Ali Khan while he was in Toronto speaking at the 2014 Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference. During the conference Muslim Link interviewed attendees asking them what being Muslim Canadian means to them. You can view their responses in our Muslims of RIS 2014 Photo Series. Muslim Link asked Nouman Ali Khan a similar question. Here is what he had to say.
I won't pretend that last week's video by John Maguire didn't shake me. It did. You see, besides the petrifying idea of someone attacking my countrymen in the name of my religion, it suddenly hit me that that individual who is preaching violence in the name of my religion is also targeting Me, my family, my friends, the teachers who shaped and encouraged my intellectual development, my coworkers who hired and supported me in my career, my neighbours who've helped when those snow trucks create a snow bank on my driveway after I've spent an hour breaking my back shovelling it! Everyone I know. Everyone I've ever known.
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I'm originally from a very small coastal town in rural Nova Scotia, about a two and a half hour drive from Halifax. The population of that town is only about 1000 people. In that part of Canada, there is very little diversity and immigration and my town was almost 100 percent White and Christian. I lived in that community for most of my life.