There has been an increase in hate related incidents in Ottawa reported this October, particularly targeting Muslim women wearing hijab or niqab. The Ottawa Police Service has reached out to the Muslim community and the mainstream media to encourage reporting of these incidents.
Originally written in 2009 for Sisters Magazine, Muslim Link is republishing our Editorial Advisor Amira Elghawaby’s tribute to her mother Mona whose struggle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) came to a peaceful end on March 3rd 2015. Mona Elghawaby had been living at the Bruyere Continuing Care since 1996.
Canadian Muslims for Peace organized gatherings in four cities across Ontario on January 31st to demonstrate a committment to peace, community, and civic engagement and to stand firmly against radicalization and violent extremism.
In Ottawa, community members gathered at the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights, popularly known as the Human Rights Monument. The Monument has become a rallying point for various groups in Ottawa when they wish to raise awareness about human rights issues in Canada and abroad.
Muslims in Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, and London will be coming together on January 31st to celebrate peace and community spirit.
Organized by a group Calling themselves "Canadian Muslims for Peace", long-time community activists Saleha Khan, in London, Ontario, and Sheema Khan (no relation), in Ottawa, developed the idea of having a peace gathering for Muslims. They felt that it was important for Canadian Muslims to hold an event that would help reclaim the narrative about Islam and Muslims in the wake of the Paris attacks and threats from ISIS. Shahzad Mustafa from Toronto joined in to complete the core coordinating committee.
Saint Vincent Hospital's bright multi-faith room was brimming with joyful activity during the Second Annual Eid Celebration, coordinated by the Spiritual Care Services of the Bruyere Continuing Care Centre, in partnership with members of the Muslim community.
Several patients were joined by several dozen family and community members to celebrate the end of Ramadan with prayer, music, treats and gifts on Wednesday, August 14.
I was once giving a presentation to a group of 100 or so prominent Canadian Muslims - people considered to be among the movers and shakers of our various communities ”“ lawyers, law students, activists, mosque and student leaders, professionals of various fields, etc.
During my talk about the media, I asked if anyone in the group had ever read Monia Mazigh's memoir, Hope & Despair, which chronicles her struggle to find her husband Maher Arar. He had disappeared on his way back to Canada in 2002. Less than a handful of people raised their hands.
A visionary group of Canadian Somali youth has been providing their peers with inspiration and guidance as part of the Somali Canadian Youth Mentorship Program. It's a program that aims to connect young people with successful professionals and university students in Ottawa. Ifrah Hassan spoke with the Muslim Link's Amira Elghawaby about the initiative.
A start-up company called Radiant Design has recently come up with a nifty application to help new drivers learn the rules of the road. It's just one more offering from the start up that's got an impressive roster of clients including Carleton University, SPG Group, World Skills and ielp.
Shamima Khan, its Studio Director, talked with the Muslim Link's Amira Elghawaby, about the company's new product.