Canadian Politician Joins Muslims for Ramadan Fast

SHAFAQNA- A Canadian politician who is fasting for the month of Ramadan said he began the practice to raise money for a food bank, but has been overwhelmed at the support received from Muslims. Mark Holland, Liberal Member of Parliament…

Canadian Politician Joins Muslims for Ramadan Fast

SHAFAQNA - A Canadian politician who is fasting for the month of Ramadan said he began the practice to raise money for a food bank, but has been overwhelmed at the support received from Muslims. Mark Holland, Liberal Member of Parliament…

Oshawa, Ont., woman charged in 5 alleged assaults on Muslims over 2 days

SHAFAQNA - A 47-year-old Toronto-area woman is facing multiple assault charges after allegedly targeting Muslims on three occasions. Durham Regional Police allege the accused approached a couple including a woman wearing a hijab at an Oshawa,…

Racist graffiti aimed at Muslims found on Sikh Realtor's bus shelter ad

SHAFAQNA - A Realtor who has lived in Surrey for more than 25 years said he was surprised to discover racist graffiti written across one of his bus shelter ads in the city on Sunday. "I was kind of surprised," said Manni Gill, a Sikh. "We're…

Canadian Muslim elementary students experience Ramadan fasting for the first time

SHAFAQNA- Some students at Frank W. Begley are going without food or water during the day this month in order to observe the holy month of Ramadan. Many of the kids at the inner-city elementary school weren't born in Windsor or even Canada.…

Anti-Islam, Anti-fascist Groups Clash at Calgary City Hall

SHAFAQNA- With both saying they want the right to free speech, two groups with opposing views rallied outside the city hall in Calgary, Canada, on Saturday. On one side were supporters of a group called the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam,…

Benefit Iftar Supports Toronto’s Top Cancer Hospital

SHAFAQNA- The Faith of Life Network raised $35,000 for Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at its Annual Benefit Iftar held at the hospital on Thursday, June 1. The initial amount pledged to raise for the research center was…

Canadian Muslims to send help to Somalian famine victims in Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Volunteers in Canada will be partnering with the International Development and Relief Foundation to pack supply kits, which will be sent to families facing famine in East Africa. Ramadan is a time for fasting, prayer and renewal…

Muslims in Canada Volunteer to Help Famine Victims

SHAFAQNA- From Toronto to Ottawa and Calgary, Canadian Muslims are volunteering to pack supply kids to help families facing famine in East Africa, as they mark the holy month of Ramadan. “Ramadan is the time for us to show support to others,…

Muslims make Canada strong, open and inclusive place: PM Justin Trudeau message on Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Canadian PM Justin Trudeau in the video message said, "Muslim Canadians make enormous contributions to our country and help make Canada the strong, open and inclusive place it is today" Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau…

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…