Sanam Islam brings readers compelling stories about the Muslim community in Edmonton and across Canada. She is an experienced Edmonton-based freelance journalist who graduated from Ryerson University's journalism program in 2008. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail, the National Post, Financial Post Magazine and The National (a major newspaper in the UAE). She was also an on-air reporter for City TV Edmonton and OMNI News: South Asian Edition. Follow her on Twitter here
I was recently introduced to Zeelaf Fatima, a young Muslim woman in Mississauga, who is working on a passion project that documents the histories and stories of Canada’s earliest South Asian Muslim immigrants.
Sexual abuse, pornography, birth control — for many Muslim parents, the thought of discussing sensitive subjects such as these with their children makes them very uncomfortable.
But it shouldn’t, according to Sameera Qureshi, a Calgary-based occupational therapist. She recently held a workshop called “The Talk: How to Educate Your Children about Islamic Sexual Health” for the first time in Edmonton. The session was held in collaboration with Tarjuma, a local group that creates gatherings to facilitate the growth of community, Islamic literacy and emotional wellness.