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…

UBC's Muslim Students’ Association celebrates World Hijab Day in the Nest

SHAFAQNA- UBC’s Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), which advocates for the “representative voice of Islam and Muslims” on campus, held an event to celebrate World Hijab Day on the bottom floor of the Nest today. There, students…

Canadian women join massive march on Washington

SHAFAQNA- Hundreds of Canadian women who carted signs and flags to the U.S. capital for a massive rally for women's rights were greeted Saturday with cheers and shouts of gratitude by Americans supporting the march. As the group…

Canadian Prime Minister Defends Muslims, Tout Immigration to Trump

SHAFAQNA- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will speak up in defense of Muslims, immigration and feminism in talks with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Trudeau typically avoids direct critiques of Trump, instead pledging to…

Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen 1st Somali-Canadian appointed to federal cabinet

SHAFAQNA- He was the first Somali-Canadian to become a federal Member of Parliament, and now many in the GTA's Somali community are celebrating as York South-Weston Liberal MP Ahmed Hussen has broken another barrier: he's been appointed…

Muslim youth in Toronto start crowdfunding campaign for Black Lives Matter

SHAFAQNA - Young Muslims in Toronto are extending a helping hand to the local Black Lives Matter movement. In a campaign dubbed Love Is the Cure, Muslim youth have started a Gofundme page to raise money for the anti-racism group. Their…

Calgary Muslim Group Clears Snow, Spreads Christmas Cheer

SHAFAQNA- "Oh my goodness, I was emotional," Russell told CBC News. "They are just so humble and kind." Members of the Islamic Association of Northwest Calgary hit the streets every Christmas to shovel sidewalks and driveways and handout…

Best-Selling Canadian Author & Lifestyle Coach, Fatima Omar Khamissa Helps Muslims Transform

SHAFAQNA- Best-selling author and lifestyle coach, Fatima Omar Khamissa, breaking in new paradigms in the Muslim world as she embarks on a journey of helping Muslims to take ownership and responsibility for their lives and their choices. Best-selling…

Calgary Muslim group clears snow, spreads Christmas cheer

SHAFAQNA - Cindy Russell was overcome by emotion when she returned to her Ranchlands home in northwest Calgary Christmas morning. "Oh my goodness, I was emotional," Russell told CBC News Sunday. "They are just so humble and kind." Members…

A Montreal Muslim's letter to Santa Claus

SHAFAQNA - Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to wake up and not find the word “Muslims” in the news — especially if it’s about Muslims in Quebec. News, be it good or bad, is part of life, but what I am referring to is the…

A Canadian Muslim's letter to Santa Claus

SHAFAQNA- Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is to wake up and not find the word “Muslims” in the news — especially if it’s about Muslims in Quebec. News, be it good or bad, is part of life, but what I am referring to is the importance…

Halifax Canada province welcomes growing Muslim population

SHAFAQNA- When nine-year-old Zia Khan arrived in Halifax in the late 1970s, the boy was something of a novelty to newfound friends who knew little about his Muslim heritage or his distant homeland. Khan and his family immigrated to Canada's…

Workshop helps Muslims push back against Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA - With a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes and divisive rhetoric in Canada and the United States, the National Council of Canadian Muslims is training youth to be more media-savvy — and thinks Winnipeg can teach the rest of the country…

Canadian MPs Stand Against Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA- MP Iqra Khalid and MP Frank Baylis hosted a reception yesterday at the Sir John A McDonald Building to celebrate the contributions of Canadian Muslims and to stand against discrimination in all its forms. The event was attended…

Edmonton Woman Hopes to Replace Hate with Flowers, Smiles

SHAFAQNA- A Muslim woman in Edmonton Canada is bringing love to an LRT platform she says was filled with hate early last month. Janelle Venne is holding an event called "This Is For You” at the University of Alberta LRT station where…

Canada PM urges Muslims to be engaged in politics

SHAFAQNA - Canadians from different backgrounds should get involved in politics so that "no party gets to run against Muslim Canadians or any other group," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau made the comment during a roundtable…

Canadian Muslim teen in ICU recovering after “savage beating” with baseball bat

SHAFAQNA- A 15-year-old Hamilton boy is in recovery postsurgery for a blood clot on the brain after being robbed and beaten with a baseball bat over the weekend. "He was just savagely beaten," Salima Hafeez, Noah Rabbani's aunt, said Wednesday.…

Canadian Muslim Women's Group Puts Up Billboard Condemning Violence

SHAFAQNA- "We have been trying to combat misconceptions about Islam. Lots of people are misinformed, and there are some negative stereotypes about Islam which we, as practicing Muslims, don’t see,” said Afshan Fatima, with the Islamic Circle…

Canadian Muslim group donates gift of life at blood clinic

SHAFAQNA- Saboor Farha is a bit jealous her husband could donate blood, and she couldn't, at the Canadian Blood Services donor clinic on the weekend. Farha and husband Mohammad Mateen Akhtar were part of a Hamilton group who gave blood…

Parents opting for private schools over sex-ed curriculum

SHAFAQNA- There’s been an explosion of private religious schools opening in this province since the implementation of the new sex-ed curriculum in September of last year. According to numbers obtained from the ministry of education, 127…

Reporter becomes Canada’s first hijab-clad news anchor

SHAFAQNA - Ginella Massa was asked to fill in on the anchor desk for City News’ 11pm broadcast last week and created a buzz after the broadcast ended and she Tweeted, "That’s a wrap! Tonight wasn’t just important for me. I don’t think…

A short history of scapegoating Muslims in Quebec

SHAFAQNA - We are midway through Quebec’s election cycle, and predicable things are happening. Opposition parties begin to stake out positions on key issues, the importance of which are no doubt polled, focused grouped and otherwise scientifically…

Canadian Muslim Entrepreneurs Pitch Modest Fashion Brand on Dragons' Den

SHAFAQNA- Mode-ste, Canada’s largest and fastest growing Modest Fashion brand. started a few years ago, when Aicha Chtourou and her mother Hong, a master seamstress, started a small women’s clothier out of their basement in Montreal. When…

Ginella Massa Becomes the First Hijabi to Anchor a Canadian Newscast

SHAFAQNA- Written by  Chelby Daigle Ginella Massa has made history once again. In January 2015, she became the first hijabi TV news reporter on mainstream Canadian Television. On November 18 2016, she was asked to sit in as news anchor…

Canadian police investigating hate graffiti at mosque

SHAFAQNA- By Barry Ellsworth TRENTON, Ont. (AA): Police in the capital of Ottawa are investigating after a mosque was spray-painted with hate words, Canadian media reported Friday. It is the fifth incident of racist graffiti in the past…

Early-career researchers call for more science in environmental decisions

SHAFAQNA- Hundreds of early-career researchers have penned an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several of his cabinet ministers, asking for more scientific rigour and transparency in environmental decision making. More than…

Muslims in Canada hold open house to challenge misconceptions

SHAFAQNA- Muslim women with the Islamic Circle of North America Sisters Canada put on an Islamic heritage exhibit at Windsor's Optimist Community Centre so Windsorites could learn more about Islam. The exhibit featured booths including…