Muslims in Canadian City Host Event to Educate People about Ramadan

SHAFAQNA- On Saturday, more than 100 community leaders from around the city, including church dignitaries and politicians, came to a pre-Ramadan luncheon at the RCMP Heritage Centre to learn what this sacred month is all about. "People…

Canadian officials make 1st visit to Tehran since embassy closed in 2012

SHAFAQNA- Canadian government officials are on the ground in Tehran this week for the first time since the Harper government closed the Canadian Embassy there nearly five years ago. The visit by Global Affairs officials comes just days…

5th Halal food fest in Toronto

SHAFAQNA - The largest Halal food festival in North America “Halal Food Fest” returns to Toronto for 5th year and expects over 30,000 visitors on July 15 and 16 atThe International Centre. A lot of food festivals don’t survive early success.…

Canadian Muslims raise $400K for victims of famine in East Africa

SHAFAQNA - The Windsor Islamic Council, Canada, has raised more than $400,000 in two weeks as part of their effort to assist humanitarian efforts in fighting drought and famine in East Africa. The countries slated to receive cash include Somalia,…

Canadian Muslims' Council Concerned over Anti-Muslim Hate Incidents in Ottawa, Toronto

SHAFAQNA- Ibrahim Hindy, a local Toronto Imam, has been the target of violent threats in recent days, linked to a bitter anti-Muslim campaign against prayers in the Peel District School Board (PDSB). Other Muslim advocates and students have…

A cemetery near Quebec City will open a Muslim section

SHAFAQNA - A month after talk of opening a Muslim cemetery dramatically divided residents of another town near Quebec City, a funeral business in St-Augustin-de-Desmaures announced Wednesday it will open a Muslim section in Les Jardins Québec. The…

Growing Halal food market in Canada

SHAFAQNA - A growing Muslim community in Canada has led to swelling sales of halal food, which has some grocers, manufacturers and eateries seeking ways to profit from the boom. "It's a huge business. It's an $80-billion business around the…

Peel school board’s Muslim support fuels hate, threats

SHAFAQNA - Tensions over a suburban Toronto school board providing space for Muslim students to pray as a group every Friday have bubbled into a death threat and an online call to burn down a mosque. Ibrahim Hindy, an imam in Mississauga,…

Man Charged after Windows Smashed at Ottawa Mosque

SHAFAQNA- At least one window was smashed at the Islam Care Centre on Somerset Street West. On Friday, a piece of cardboard covered part of the broken window on the door to the main entrance. A notice on the building says it is monitored…

Anxiety intensifies in Toronto's suburbs as anti-Muslim rhetoric escalates

SHAFAQNA - Hamza Aziz makes sure to stay close to a friend at all times, and his parents have told him not to be outside after dark – precautions the student never imagined would be needed in his quiet corner of suburban Toronto. But recent…

How did Mr. DeLance become a Muslim in Canada?

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SHAFAQNA- My name is Abdullah DeLancey. I am Canadian and I am employed as a Patient Service Worker at the local hospital. I have been married for almost 20 years and we have 3 wonderful children. Alhamdulillah, I am now a Muslim. I wasn’t…

Egypt’s Dar-al-Ifta Condemns Desecration of Quran in Canada

SHAFAQNA- The Islamophobia Watch, affiliated to Egypt’s Dar-al-Ifta slammed recent desecration of the Quran in Canada and welcomed Canadian premier’s comments in condemnation of anti-Islamic moves. The Dar-al-Ifta called on far-right…

Proposed Muslim cemetery highlights tensions in Quebec community

SHAFAQNA- Soon after word began to circulate about a Muslim cemetery in the sleepy Quebec town of Saint-Apollinaire, Mayor Bernard Ouellet received some disturbing e-mails. “Welcome to Saint ALLAH-pollinaire,” read one. “Ha ha ha!…

Did you hear about the motion that Canada just passed against Islamophobia?

SHAFAQNA - In February, Iqra Khalid read out the Islamophobic insults and abuse that she had received online to the House of Commons. If you’re are a Muslim, or specifically, a Muslim woman, the chances are that these racial and Islamophobic…

After the vigil: How to support Muslims everyday

SHAFAQNA - A mosque shooting, anti-Muslim protests, arson, vandalism and, recently, a bomb threat. The past two months has seen unprecedented levels of verbal and physical attacks on Muslims across Canada. Now that the vigils and rallies…

Ontario’s Muslims shouldn’t have to live with a presumption of guilt

SHAFAQNA - In Brampton, suspicion of Muslims has the mayor weighing in on paranoid Islamophobia. It’s just the latest example of a troubling double standard the province’s Islamic community faces Schools are not, technically speaking,…

Muslim leaders call for supports to help youth address trauma and heal

SHAFAQNA - Muslim leaders say not enough is being done to help youth, under the age of 10 in Hamilton deal with and understand a recent spate of attacks against Muslims and rising incidents of Islamophobia. "Young children are finding it…

Lethbridge Muslim Association attempts to bridge cultural differences at open house

SHAFAQNA - The Lethbridge Muslim Association hosted an open house Saturday, welcoming spiritual leaders from across the country to teach the community about Muslim culture, food and religion. “We hope that when people see Muslims out in…

Canadian Muslim Group Organizes Town Hall to Challenge Islamophobia

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SHAFAQNA- A Canadian Muslim community group has organized a town hall to help members cope with growing Islamophobia in British Colombia's Lower Mainland.   Critical Muslim Voices, a community group whose goal is to create shared…

Canadian Muslims Go Door to Door to Answer Questions about Islam

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SHAFAQNA- A group of young Muslims have been knocking on their neighbors’ doors in towns across Canada to answer questions about Islam and counter misconceptions about the religion. The initiative was part of a nation-wide education…

Canadian youths knock neighbour's door to answer about Islam

SHAFAQNA - A group of young Muslims have been knocking on their neighbour's doors in towns across Canada to answer questions about Islam and counter misconceptions about his religion.  He said that although the youth group does ongoing outreach,…

Canada police seek man who threatened Muslim boy’s life

SHAFAQNA- Police in Oshawa are looking for a masked man who threatened the life of an 11-year-old Muslim boy at a school, Canadian media reported Friday. It is one of several anti-Muslim acts committed in the last two months, Global News television…

Muslim youth to hold 100 Quran exhibitions across Canada

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SHAFAQNA - The Muslim Youth Association is going to hold 100 Holy Quran Exhibitions across Canada as part of the Islam Understood campaign. A number of Muslim youth will be canvassing Collingwood neighbourhoods on Sunday as part of a campaign…

A Tale Of Two Canadas - With Muslims In The Middle

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SHAFAQNA - In one of the worst terrorist attacks in Canadian history, six men -- fathers -- were gunned down as they prayed at a Quebec mosque, leaving 17 children from our community fatherless.  The attack, for the most part, was not…

Dr. David Liepert, a Calgary-born New Muslim: I’m a servant of God

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SHAFAQNA- Islam is about making this a better world, but it’s supposed to be for everyone. When Mohammed wrote Medina’s Charter, he made it include everybody regardless of their race or religion Allan Maki talks to Dr. David…

Canada’s National Muslim Group Concerned about Hateful Gathering Outside Toronto Mosque

SHAFAQNA- A national Islamic group in Canada is expressing alarm about a small anti-Muslim protest held Friday in front of a Toronto mosque. The National Council of Canadian Muslims said the demonstration, reportedly consisting of about…

Canadians voice support for Muslims amid 'hatred' unleashed on Liberal MPs

SHAFAQNA - Canada’s Muslim community felt the embrace of an outpouring of support Friday in the wake of stinging personal attacks against a member of Parliament who sponsored a motion to condemn and combat Islamophobia, even as negative reaction…

Muslims Reflect On Racism, Islamophobia And Safety In Canada

SHAFAQNA - It's been a week since the tragic terror attack at a Quebec City mosque, which took the lives of six innocent Muslim men. And as Muslims all over the country continue to grasp the current state of Islamophobia in Canada, many are…