CBC in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) are once again hosting the Human Library on Saturday, February 27th. The Human Library provides unique opportunities for people curious about a particular life experience to have a chat with a human "book". Several Ottawa Muslims will be on loan this year as "books" at libraries across the city.
Abraar School is organizing a conference on February 13 for teachers of Arabic as a second language in Ottawa. Muslim Link interviewed Dina Shalabi, the Islamic Studies Coordinator for Abraar School and chair of the conference, about why local Arabic teachers should take advantage of this professional development opportunity.
Modest Muslimah is crowdfunding to make their programs accessible to all young Muslim women. Muslim Link spoke with Nayaelah Abdussamad Sedeke about how she has created a space to empower and inspire Muslim women in Ottawa. A student at the University of Ottawa and an aspiring entrepreneur, Nayaelah co-founded Modest Muslimah to fill a social gap she and her sister identified.
History is replete with Muslims who, over the course of history, have had an irreversible effect on civilization as we know it. The accomplishments of Muslim scholars in the fields of arts, math, and science are well known by many Muslims and non-Muslims.
This year a gala will be held to celebrate and reward achievements in the Canadian Muslim community. The inaugural edition of the Muslim Awards of Excellence or MAX Gala will showcase top achievers within the Canadian Muslim community and Canadian community at large.
People in Ottawa are very generous and have collected tons of clothes, furniture, and household items for refugees coming to the city. But all this generosity has created a problem, where to store all this stuff, particularly as many refugees will not be in a postition to accept these items until they are properly settled in the city.
The Keep Them Warm - Holiday Initiative was started by Jenan Dayfallah, a student at Carleton University. Her many encounters with people concerned about homelessness in our community inspired her to take to social media and create the project. Asking for anyone who wanted to make a difference to join her, the response was outstanding and a group of 15 came together to form Keep Them Warm.
A group of University of Ottawa students created a video in French to raise awareness about the recent terrorist attacks in Mali and Nigeria. Muslim Link interviewed them about why they felt it was important to bring more attention to the reality of terrorism in West Africa. We spoke with the video’s producer Virgille Koffi, and with Halima Moumouni, Aissatou Bah, and Abdoulaye Sow who appear in the video.