Ahmad Abdorahman Awatt, faces serious threats to his health because of his immigration status. Awatt, a Kurd originally from Iraq, came to Canada in 1999. Although he lost his refugee case, he cannot be deported because his country of origin is on a moratorium list of unsafe countries that prevents Canada from returning him there.
Organisers of the annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) conferenceare basking in the success of their most successful event yet. The Dec, 21 - 23, 2012 convention attracted slightly over 25,000 participants from around the world, with over 20,000 attending physically and the rest participating through the Internet.
RIS, held annually in Toronto, is one of the largest Islamic conferences in North America. It was initiated in 2003 by a group of young Muslims to “address confusion within the Muslim community after the Sept. 11 attacks and to start to build bridges outward to the wider Canadian society,” says conference chair, Fouzan Khan.
Women wearing the niqab (face veil) will have an opportunity to talk candidly about their experiences to opinion and policy makers, through a new study by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW).
The research, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, a government agency, will be carried out in consultation with Shahrzad Mojab, Professor at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
This week, a young Muslim woman will give a keynote address on integration with Canadian society to a large gathering in Toronto. In mid-October, Muslim women will recognise their peers who have made a difference with contributions to civic engagement in Canada. And later this year, a Muslim woman will be honoured by the Canadian government for championing women's rights and promoting interfaith dialogue.
A recent announcement from the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews ”“ that all non-Christian chaplains working in the national penitentiary system will have their contracts cancelled ”“ has sent shockwaves through Canada's interfaith and multicultural organizations.
The Canadian Islamic Congress has denounced the move, saying it is unfair to Canadians of all faiths.
A campaign to write condolence letters to the family of the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens ended on Sept. 24, but its impact is continuing. The campaign initially hoped for 1,000 letters in 10 days. Instead it went viral with over 7,500 letters from 115 countries.
Mr. Stevens was killed this September in Benghazi by an armed mob protesting violently against the release of an obscure anti-Islam film in the United States. In response to the tragedy, Celebrate Mercy, a non-profit organization which tries to promote the values and example of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him, organized a letter-writing campaign.
Mississauga resident Dr. Farhan M. Asrar has been recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for his leadership skills.
Dr. Asrar, the chief resident medical doctor with McMaster University's Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine program, has been announced as the winner of the college's 2012 Leadership Award.
The national award is given to a resident medical doctor that “has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills during their residency training, has encouraged the development of future leaders in medicine and has shown strong role modeling and mentorship ability among his peers.”
The Canadian government has announced that it will match donations made by Canadians to eligible charities responding to the crisis in Sahel, a sub-Saharan region of West Africa where more than 18 million people are facing food shortages.