Noah Taj, 17, was this year's valedictorian for Merivale High School. Born in India and raised in Canada. His mother, Zeba Taj, is the Seniors Coordinator at the South Nepean Muslim Community, and his father, H. Masud Taj, is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Carleton University. Noah Taj will be studying Commerce at the University of Ottawa as I wishes to find mainstream methods that can better the financial position of practicing Muslims from all income brackets.
Friday morning I found out that an Ottawa mosque was vandalized. Someone had broken a couple of windows and the double-paneled glass door at the sisters' entrance. How do I know that this was the sisters' entrance? Because this is my mosque. I would know that bench and shoe rack anywhere.
“UnMosqued” portrayed various scenarios that I have personally experienced as a young Muslim woman in Ottawa. The documentary made me realize that most of us didn’t know that many others are bothered by the same issues in our mosques: the unequal prayer spaces between men and women and the separating wall, the less convenient backdoor entrance for women, the dominance of one ethnic group, male-dominated board members, the lack of and quality of English programs, the awkwardness of interacting with the opposite gender etc. For these reasons and others, I have personally felt disconnected to local mosques or “unmosqued”.