The Ottawa Muslim Community agrees fully with Prime Minister Stephen Harper that there should be only one law for all Canadians. We have chosen Canada as our homeland and as good Muslims it is our duty to abide by the laws of this beautiful, peaceful country.
For many years now local Algonquin First Nations and local residents have been struggling to win an important debate about whether one of the last green areas in all of Ottawa should remain untouched or be developed.
Clear-cutting has started on the Beaver Pond forest in Kanata to make way for development. Members of the First Nations and local residents want it stopped and fast.
I was in Washington DC when the horrific images from the Westgate Mall attack in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi flashed across my TV screen. Lifeless bodies sprawled on blood-spattered floors in the mall and on the parking lot tarmac. People tightly clutching children, some were running for their lives while others emerged from the mall raising their hands high up in the air -- fear written across their faces. Unbelievable scenes, truly.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only Kenyan wondering “Why us…again?” The city where I was born had once again been hit hard by terrorists, but this attack was unlike any we had ever seen before.
The United Nations declared June 20thWorld Refugee Day in 2000. The focus of this year’s World Refugee Day is the impact of war on families. Muslim Link asked Ottawa resident Sina N. to share her thoughts on this day.
Sina N.: My family and I came to Canada in 1990. We were originally from Afghanistan but had flown to Canada from India. On this day I reflect on a question that I constantly come across. That question is: “Why come to this country and still want to be rooted in your culture? You come to Canada, therefore you should be so happy.”
Growing up, I never really knew what being an “entrepreneur” or “an innovator” meant. My mother has been a self-employed business woman all her life. And as in many immigrant communities, she was pushed into it by necessity. She struggled, made her own money, sustained a profitable business, and still does.
I have been called many things: an optimist, strong, patient, tough. The truth is, what I really feel I am, is blessed. And I share this with you to remind you how very blessed you are, too -- even when it might not seem like it.
Whenever afflicted by some calamity or test, one may choose to reflect upon the story of the passing away of Ibrahim, the son of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him. Anas bin Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated: "We went with Allah's Apostle to the blacksmith, Abu Saif, and he was the husband of the wet-nurse of Ibrahim. Allah's Apostle, peace and blessings be upon him, took Ibrahim and kissed him and smelled him and later we entered Abu Saif's house and at that time Ibrahim was taking his last breaths, and the eyes of Allah's Apostle started shedding tears. Abdur Rahman bin Auf said: 'O Allah's Apostle, even you are weeping!' The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, replied: 'Oh Ibn Auf, this is mercy'. Then he wept more and said, 'The eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved, and we will not say except what pleases our Lord. Oh Ibrahim! Indeed we are grieved by your separation'." (Sahih Al-Bukhari)