Muslim community – IMOS Journal http://imos-journal.net/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 17:58:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://imos-journal.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/favicon.png Muslim community – IMOS Journal http://imos-journal.net/ 32 32 Ghazi Faqir, spiritual leader of the Muslim community of Jaisalmer, Barmer dies; Rajasthan CM pays homage https://imos-journal.net/ghazi-faqir-spiritual-leader-of-the-muslim-community-of-jaisalmer-barmer-dies-rajasthan-cm-pays-homage/ Sat, 11 Sep 2021 02:24:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/ghazi-faqir-spiritual-leader-of-the-muslim-community-of-jaisalmer-barmer-dies-rajasthan-cm-pays-homage/ Ghazi Faqir was the leader of the Hur community whose leader is called Pir Pagaro and is based in Sindh province in Pakistan. The Hurs are the main tribe living in the province of Sindh and they lived as subjects of the Hindu ruler of Adarkot, a Hindu kingdom which was later named Umarkot. The […]]]>

Ghazi Faqir was the leader of the Hur community whose leader is called Pir Pagaro and is based in Sindh province in Pakistan.

The Hurs are the main tribe living in the province of Sindh and they lived as subjects of the Hindu ruler of Adarkot, a Hindu kingdom which was later named Umarkot. The Hurs are a courageous and warlike community and have given the British a hard time. They had rebelled during World War II against British rule.

During British rule, Pir Pagaro declared himself “Hur” (free from British slavery). The British attempted to crush the uprising and this sparked armed resistance from Hurs. Ultimately, the British passed the infamous “Hur Act” where the entire Hur community was declared criminal and ordered to be shot on sight.

It cannot be said that the Hurs were defeated as they continued their struggle even after the hanging of Sayyed Sibghatullah Shah the Pir Sahib, their leader. The British were forced by Hurs and a number of other movements to leave the “British crown jewel”. Pir Pagaro Sayyed Sibghatullah Shah was hanged on March 20, 1943.

Muslims from Jaisalmer and Barmer follow Pir Pagharo and they are said to have marriage alliances with their brethren in Sindh province. Shah Mardan Shah II is the current Pir Pagaro. and is revered by the Hur Muslims of Jaisalmer and Barmer.


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September 11 sparked fear in the local Muslim community, but has worsened in recent years | Local News https://imos-journal.net/september-11-sparked-fear-in-the-local-muslim-community-but-has-worsened-in-recent-years-local-news/ Fri, 10 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/september-11-sparked-fear-in-the-local-muslim-community-but-has-worsened-in-recent-years-local-news/ WATERLOO – Salma and Raja Akbar migrated from Pakistan to Iowa in the 1970s and found that although their Muslim customs and clothing were considered “different,” they also felt welcomed by their communities, first in Independence and later in Waterloo. “Everyone had a lot of respect,” said Salma Akbar, board member of the Masjid al-Noor […]]]>

WATERLOO – Salma and Raja Akbar migrated from Pakistan to Iowa in the 1970s and found that although their Muslim customs and clothing were considered “different,” they also felt welcomed by their communities, first in Independence and later in Waterloo.

“Everyone had a lot of respect,” said Salma Akbar, board member of the Masjid al-Noor Islamic Community Center in Waterloo. “And yet, I can feel it. “

But when terrorists from al-Qaida, a radical militant group of Muslims, killed nearly 3,000 people in the September 11, 2001 attacks, Akbar – who wears a hijab or headscarf in public – suddenly felt a change.

“I go out and suddenly I feel like I’m standing out and I see the fear in people’s eyes,” she said. “They were afraid of me, and I was afraid of their fear because I know what’s going on – how genocides are triggered is suspicion and fear.”

Islamophobia existed before September 11, but attitudes hardened after the attacks, with some condemning all of religion for the actions of a few radicalized individuals.

Then-President George W. Bush attempted to counter this perception in the days immediately following September 11, joining American Muslims at a mosque in Washington, DC, to condemn the attacks.

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“I think one of the greatest things he did was walk into a mosque, and how he said it wasn’t faith and religion that did it, just individuals said Raja Akbar, husband of Salma, board member and psychiatrist at UnityPoint in Cedar Falls.

Hate crimes against Muslims increased further, from an average of around 20 reports nationwide in the 1990s to 481 in 2001, and from 12 assaults against Muslims in 2000 to 93 in 2001. Three people were killed as a result of these crimes, including a man in Arizona who was Sikh, not Muslim.

Anti-Muslim hate crimes have remained well above 100 reports per year nationwide since, with around 30 to 50 of them involving assaults, according to the FBI.

But in the last five years, crime has accelerated: in 2019, there was 219 such offenses reported to the FBI, just behind anti-Jewish hate crimes, and an all-time high of 127 assaults.

A factor for the increase was spray painted by vandals on the side of the Islamic center Masjid Al-Noor in October 2016, just before the election: “Trump”.

President Donald Trump’s rhetoric before and during his tenure, which seemed to embolden perpetrators of hate crimes, worried Ahmed Abouzid. But he still came to Masjid Al-Noor to become the new imam, or prayer leader, in March 2020 despite hearing from friends in New York that Iowa, which voted twice for Trump, would be more. dangerous.

“A lot of people said, ‘They will shoot you, they will destroy your car,” Abouzid said.

But he chose Waterloo because it reminded him of the community he attended school in upstate New York – he loves nature and small communities, he said. And his New York detractors have turned out to be false.

“I feel like the people are nice” in Cedar Valley, he said. “They are cooperative with us.

Widespread distrust of Islam is still present among a majority of Americans: a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research conducted before the September 11 anniversary found that 53% have unfavorable opinions towards Islam, against 42% who have favorable ones.

But times are changing, said Abuzid. The United States now has an Olympic medalist Muslim fencing champion. People know more Muslims and walk past more mosques than ever before, and see American women wearing headscarves on television.

And the community provided support: After the 2016 vandalism, congregations from the local church came to the center to clean up the painting, even planting a tree in a symbolic gesture of solidarity.

“This group of people came to pray with us here in the hall and told us that they were behind us,” said Raja Akbar. “I can’t really say enough good things about the community here.”

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Abouzid said people are welcome at his center anytime, regardless of their faith.

“I need people to know us: we are peaceful people. We are human. We’re not aliens, guys, ”he said.


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Canadian Imams Urge Muslim Community To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 https://imos-journal.net/canadian-imams-urge-muslim-community-to-get-vaccinated-against-covid-19-2/ Wed, 25 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/canadian-imams-urge-muslim-community-to-get-vaccinated-against-covid-19-2/ CALGARY – Canadian Imams are urging members of the Muslim community to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Twenty-five religious leaders issued a joint statement highlighting “overwhelming and undeniable scientific evidence” of vaccine protection while a fourth wave primarily targets unvaccinated people. The group claims that delaying or avoiding vaccination – except […]]]>

CALGARY –

Canadian Imams are urging members of the Muslim community to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

Twenty-five religious leaders issued a joint statement highlighting “overwhelming and undeniable scientific evidence” of vaccine protection while a fourth wave primarily targets unvaccinated people.

The group claims that delaying or avoiding vaccination – except under the advice of a medical expert – puts lives at risk, which goes against the teachings of Islam.

He says COVID-19 and its more contagious variants are contributing to an increase in cases and deaths, so getting the vaccine is more crucial than ever.

The Supreme Islamic Council of Canada runs its own lottery to encourage vaccination.

Any Canadian Muslim who receives both doses between August 1 and October 31 will be eligible for a draw for two pilgrimage tickets to the holy city of Mecca.

“We strongly urge unvaccinated Canadian Muslims (if any remain) to get vaccinated,” the imams said in the statement. “It will definitely help save lives.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 25, 2021.


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Pakistani Assembly condemns attack on Hindu temple; Member says “Muslim community is failing in its homework” https://imos-journal.net/pakistani-assembly-condemns-attack-on-hindu-temple-member-says-muslim-community-is-failing-in-its-homework/ Fri, 06 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/pakistani-assembly-condemns-attack-on-hindu-temple-member-says-muslim-community-is-failing-in-its-homework/ Pakistan National Assembly condemns attack on Hindu temple Highlights Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan condemns attack on Hindu temple A violent mob attack on a Ganesha temple in Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab province. “Reprehensible incident”: India on the sacking of a Hindu temple Islamabad: The Pakistani Assembly strongly condemned the attack and vandalism […]]]>

Pakistan National Assembly condemns attack on Hindu temple

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  • Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan condemns attack on Hindu temple
  • A violent mob attack on a Ganesha temple in Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
  • “Reprehensible incident”: India on the sacking of a Hindu temple

Islamabad: The Pakistani Assembly strongly condemned the attack and vandalism on a Hindu temple in the Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab province in Pakistan. The Pakistani Assembly passed a resolution condemning the attack on the Hindu temple and ensured severe action against those responsible.

“The National Assembly adopted a resolution condemning the attack on a Hindu temple in the #Bhong village of Rahim Yar Khan and assured that severe measures would be taken against those responsible. Parliament is committed to protecting the rights of # minorities and fully protecting their places of worship, ”the National Assembly of Pakistan tweeted.

Speaking at the National Assembly of Pakistan, Dr Ramesh Vankwani, chief patron of the Pakistan Hindu Council member of the National Assembly, condemned the repeated attacks on Hindu temples, saying such incidents damage the country.

The message “Enough is enough” should be put forward by parliament, Vankwani said while raising the issue of the attack on temples in the assembly.

Pakistan’s Supreme Court today criticized authorities for failing to end an attack on the Hindu temple and ordered the arrest of the culprits.

While presiding over the case, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed said the incident had tarnished the country’s image in the world.

“A Hindu temple has been demolished, and just think about how they must have felt. Imagine what the reaction of Muslims would have been if a mosque had been demolished,” the chief justice said, questioning the inspector general of police (IGP) Inam Ghani, who is summoned to appear in court.

A crowd of more than 100 people, armed with sticks and stones, attacked the temple and damaged the idols after a court ordered the release of a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who was arrested for having allegedly urinated at a local seminary.

The boy was convicted of blasphemy, but was later released on bail because he was a minor.

Noting the incident of the temple attack, India summoned the Pakistani charge d’affaires on Thursday and lodged a firm protest.

“We saw disturbing reports on social media of a violent mob attack on a Ganesha temple in Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The mob attacked the temple, desecrated sacred idols and set the premises on fire, “said the spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry. said Arindam Bagchi.

“The Pakistani charge d’affaires was summoned and a strong protest was lodged expressing our grave concerns over this reprehensible incident and the continued attacks on the religious freedom of the minority community and their places of worship,” Bagchi said. .


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Newcastle Muslim Community Reports Group of Greater Sydney COVID-19 Violators https://imos-journal.net/newcastle-muslim-community-reports-group-of-greater-sydney-covid-19-violators/ Thu, 05 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/newcastle-muslim-community-reports-group-of-greater-sydney-covid-19-violators/ As the Hunter region faces an instant seven-day lockdown, a Newcastle mosque confirms it has turned back a group of people who had traveled from Greater Sydney, in violation of lockdown rules. Key points: Local Muslims worry about a group of people who traveled from Greater Sydney last week Mayfield Mosque worked with police and […]]]>

As the Hunter region faces an instant seven-day lockdown, a Newcastle mosque confirms it has turned back a group of people who had traveled from Greater Sydney, in violation of lockdown rules.

Imam Mohamed Hamed of the Sultan-Fatih Mosque in Mayfield said the visit to Newcastle was “unacceptable” and that it was devotees of the local Muslim community who had sounded the alarm.

“Some in our community said they met people in stores around Mayfield, around Wallsend, around Jesmond and when they spoke to them they knew they were from Sydney,” he said.

“We advised them to report to the police and started to report to public health and we also told them not to come to the mosque.”

The alleged violation of public health orders comes as sewage monitoring in Newcastle has detected high viral loads, suggesting there may be undetected cases in the region.

Police attended the Mayfield Mosque on Monday morning and were notified of the incident.

They said no violations were detected and no further action was taken.

Imam Hamed said they were working with the NSW Refugee Health Service to ensure proper protocols were followed and those in contact with the Sydney group self-isolate.

“The delta is so contagious and is spreading so [quickly], sometimes without any symptoms, so we have to protect each other. “

“Terrible betrayal”

The local center for refugee women Zara’s House was closed in response to the incident last week, which its founder, sister Diana Santleben, called “a terrible betrayal”.

Sister Diana Santleben says the local center for refugee women, Zara’s House, will close because of the breach.(

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“The whole community is absolutely upset that someone is behaving in such an irresponsible way that they are driving from Sydney to Newcastle, knowing Newcastle is COVID-free, and putting all of Newcastle at risk,” she said.

“Everyone from the mosque, from the Syrian community, from our volunteers at Zara’s house, are so disappointed with the silliness of it all.

The center offers English lessons and group activities, but will close indefinitely until the pandemic is brought under control.

“We cannot take chances with people we cannot trust,” she said.

“It might just be a family or an individual, but that’s all it took for an airport driver to cripple the whole state. And it could happen again here.”


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The Muslim community begins the celebration of Hegira 1443 in Osun – https://imos-journal.net/the-muslim-community-begins-the-celebration-of-hegira-1443-in-osun/ Sun, 01 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/the-muslim-community-begins-the-celebration-of-hegira-1443-in-osun/ The Osun State Muslim Community (OSMC) began its activities marking the new celebration of Hegira 1443 in the state. OSMC President Alhaji Mustapha Olawuyi at a press conference in Osogbo on Sunday highlighted the events planned for the Hegira New Year celebration. Olawuyi, who spoke through OSMC First Vice President Alhaji Sodiq Bola Bello, said […]]]>

The Osun State Muslim Community (OSMC) began its activities marking the new celebration of Hegira 1443 in the state.

OSMC President Alhaji Mustapha Olawuyi at a press conference in Osogbo on Sunday highlighted the events planned for the Hegira New Year celebration.

Olawuyi, who spoke through OSMC First Vice President Alhaji Sodiq Bola Bello, said the celebration was very important and worth it, but noted that the New Year would not be not celebrated with the usual amusements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said: “This year’s schedule like the Christmas of the past would not be celebrated with fun due to the COVID’19 pandemic.”

He said that a Quran contest will be held on Monday August 2 at OSMC Hall, followed by a conference on Wednesday on the theme: “Tackling insecurity in Nigeria: the roles of religious organizations”.

He said that a Jumu’at service at the central mosque, Oja-Oba, Osogbo will be held on Friday while a youth forum will be held on Saturday where young Muslims will learn various professional skills, including how to produce liquid soap and body cream.

He added that a stakeholder meeting will be held on Monday August 9, 2021 which is Muharam 1, 1443AH and this Hijrah conference with the theme: “Level of insecurity in Nigeria; Tilting Towards Anarchy: Islamic Solutions ”will be delivered by Professor Hamid Sanni, Vice-Chancellor of Fountain University, Osogbo.

Oba Abdul-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji will be the royal father of the day while the grand imam of Osun, Shaykh Musa Animasahun will be the spiritual father of the day, he said.

Speaking on the state of the nation, Olawuyi said “we would like to reiterate that the federal government should not relax its efforts in the fight against terrorism, kidnappings and the fight against bandits”.

“The community salutes the effort of the federal government’s commitment with the purchase of advanced military equipment to continue the insurgencies, it is our prayer that Allah grants success to our soldiers.”

“Security is everyone’s business, Nigerians must be security minded and help the government expose disbelievers and malicious elements in society.”

“The agitation to break up Nigeria is unwarranted. The unifying units of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should see strength in the unity and consolidation of the achievements of the ancestors of Nigeria.

“All segments of our government are called to have a round table with all aggrieved units and a way forward to a great and united Nigeria.”

Olawuyi expressed his gratitude to the government of Osun State for supporting the partnership with OSMC on the celebration of Hijrah and for maintaining the Hijrah holiday in the state.


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London, Ont. Muslim community reacts to national summit on Islamophobia https://imos-journal.net/london-ont-muslim-community-reacts-to-national-summit-on-islamophobia/ Fri, 23 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/london-ont-muslim-community-reacts-to-national-summit-on-islamophobia/ London, Ont. – There are mixed reactions among Muslim leaders in London to the sentiment and effectiveness of the federal government’s National Action Summit on Islamophobia. The summit was intended to give representatives of Canada’s Muslim community the opportunity to speak to political leaders about the growing concerns surrounding Islamophobia. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s main […]]]>

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There are mixed reactions among Muslim leaders in London to the sentiment and effectiveness of the federal government’s National Action Summit on Islamophobia.

The summit was intended to give representatives of Canada’s Muslim community the opportunity to speak to political leaders about the growing concerns surrounding Islamophobia.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s main message at Thursday’s virtual summit was: “There is no place in Canada for Islamophobia”.

He added: “I am here to listen to you on what our next steps should be to continue building a country where everyone is welcome, safe and respected.”

Imam Aarij Anwer from the Muslim Mosque in London attended the summit and said it was a step in the right direction.

“Solve the problem and call it what it is. And these are important first steps, we cannot overlook the importance of them.

Nawaz Tahir, member of the Muslim Mosque in London, echoes this sentiment.

“I was pleased to hear comments from some ministers on some of the immediate actions they are going to take, such as investigating (the Canada Revenue Agency) and complaints about targeted Muslim charities.

However, both did not support the government’s lack of response to concerns over Quebec’s Bill 21 banning government employees from wearing religious symbols.

“What we have heard from our ministers, our leaders, is that Muslim women are the most vulnerable because they are visibly Muslim,” says Anwer. “How can we say they are vulnerable, they need to be protected while having a law like Bill C 21 on the books?

And while the summit was a step in the right direction, both also agree that the work doesn’t end there.

“The strength of the summit will be based on the actions of the government over the next 60 days and that will be the true measure of whether the summit is successful or not,” Tahir said.

He hopes the government will heed the concerns raised at Thursday’s summit and act quickly.

“I think a lot of recommendations don’t even need parliament to be in session. The government can implement them tomorrow or Monday or next week.”


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Policy briefing: Trudeau pledges to support Muslim community at national summit on Islamophobia https://imos-journal.net/policy-briefing-trudeau-pledges-to-support-muslim-community-at-national-summit-on-islamophobia/ Thu, 22 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/policy-briefing-trudeau-pledges-to-support-muslim-community-at-national-summit-on-islamophobia/ Hello, This is the daily Politics Briefing newsletter, written by Ian Bailey. Menaka Raman-Wilms replaces today. It is available exclusively to our digital subscribers. If you read this on the web, subscribers can subscribe to the Politics newsletter and over 20 more on our newsletter signup page. Do you have any comments? Tell us what […]]]>

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This is the daily Politics Briefing newsletter, written by Ian Bailey. Menaka Raman-Wilms replaces today. It is available exclusively to our digital subscribers. If you read this on the web, subscribers can subscribe to the Politics newsletter and over 20 more on our newsletter signup page. Do you have any comments? Tell us what you think.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned hatred towards Muslims at Thursday’s national summit on Islamophobia and pledged that his government would continue to take action to “eradicate hatred.”

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Thursday’s virtual event brought together government ministers and leaders from the Muslim community to discuss how to tackle the recent rise in Islamophobia in Canada. It comes weeks after a man deliberately drove into a Muslim family in London, Ont, killing four people and injuring a child, as well as further attacks on Muslims in Hamilton, Ont., And near ‘Edmonton.

The summit comes a day after another event focused on anti-Semitism. Both events are part of the government’s anti-racist strategy.

“Right now we have to fight for the kind of Canada we all want to see. A place where we celebrate diversity, where we stand together, where we take care of each other, ”Trudeau said at the summit. “It is the promise that our country must work hard to be up to the task. Because too many times and for too many people this promise has been broken.

Mr. Trudeau was joined by Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion, and Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, both of whom spoke at the opening session.

Even as the event began, the comments section of the Facebook livestream saw hateful and discriminatory remarks against the Muslim community. These messages prompted Ontario Senator Salma Ataullahjan to respond on Twitter.

“The #Islamophobiasummit has barely started and the comments are already filled with hate,” she tweeted above screenshots of some of the responses. “I am horrified – but not surprised – by the ongoing #hate speech being spewed against Muslim Canadians. “

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HALIFAX SECURITY FORUM TO BE HELD IN TAIWAN – The annual Halifax Defense and Security Forum is scheduled for Taipei in January next year. The conference had previously drawn Beijing’s ire for congratulating the Taiwanese president, and the event in Taipei will take place a few weeks before the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.

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PAUL SAYS ‘A SMALL GROUP’ BEHIND THE GREEN PARTY’S LEGAL CASE AGAINST HER – Green Party leader Annamie Paul has said her own party’s legal challenge is the work of a “small group” of outgoing cadres. Ms Paul dodged further questions about court proceedings when her campaign office opened in Toronto Center on Thursday morning.

PRIME MINISTER’S DAY

The Prime Minister spoke at the National Summit on Islamophobia in early Thursday afternoon.

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LEADERS

Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet visited small businesses in western Quebec this morning. He then had lunch with the mayors of the Témiscamingue region of the province.

Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole is in Ottawa this week.

Green Party leader Annamie Paul hosted an event to officially open its campaign office in Toronto Center on Thursday morning.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will be in Montreal tonight to participate in the federal nomination assembly of the Outremont NDP for Ève Péclet.

OPINION

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John Ibbitson (The Globe and Mail) on how the Canada-U.S. border may be reopening, but relations between the countries are far from normal:During the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans once again showed ingenuity in developing vaccines that now protect millions of people around the world, including millions of Canadians. But around this time, we also saw the collapse of America. “

Konrad Yakabuski (The Globe and Mail) on how Mark Carney said ‘no’ to the Rubber Group Tour, once again:The next federal campaign, with the Liberals leading in the polls but not assured of a majority, could be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s last as Liberal leader. But to succeed him would require a full commitment to working in the political trenches that Mr Carney always seems reluctant or unable to do. “

The Globe and Mail Editorial Board on why Toronto’s parks are not a place to house the homeless: “The legitimate concerns of homeless people about COVID-19 can be resolved, and much of it has been. Last October, there was no longer any reason to allow many of central Toronto’s rare green spaces to become camps, and today that is more true than ever.

Chris Selley (Citizen of Ottawa) on why bilingualism is the enemy of Ottawa’s inclusion program:If Justin Trudeau had been able to find a suitable candidate for Rideau Hall, fully qualified, Indigenous and fluent in both English and French, he would have jumped at the chance. He could have simultaneously reinforced his reconciliation and his bilingualism in good faith and saved himself a fairly significant headache in the francophone media.

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Islamophobia summit should be followed by government action, Muslim community leaders say https://imos-journal.net/islamophobia-summit-should-be-followed-by-government-action-muslim-community-leaders-say/ Thu, 22 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/islamophobia-summit-should-be-followed-by-government-action-muslim-community-leaders-say/ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at Hamilton Mountain Mosque to deliver remarks in recognition of Eid al-Adha on July 20, 2021. Trudeau condemned hatred towards the Muslim community at a national summit on Islamophobia . Cole Burston / The Canadian Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the hatred towards the Muslim community at Thursday’s National […]]]>

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at Hamilton Mountain Mosque to deliver remarks in recognition of Eid al-Adha on July 20, 2021. Trudeau condemned hatred towards the Muslim community at a national summit on Islamophobia .

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the hatred towards the Muslim community at Thursday’s National Islamophobia Summit, but community leaders say they must see the government follow through with concrete actions after the talks if the event is to be bring real change.

Thursday’s virtual summit brought together government ministers and members of the Muslim community to discuss how to tackle the recent rise in Islamophobia in Canada. It comes weeks after a man allegedly deliberately entered a Muslim family in London, Ontario, killing four people and injuring a child, and further recent attacks on Muslims in Hamilton and near Edmonton.

The event took place a day after a summit on anti-Semitism, both of which are part of the government’s anti-racist strategy.

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Muslim council issues recommendations ahead of national summit on Islamophobia this week

Although the summit was applauded as a step towards tackling Islamophobia, leaders of the Muslim community say conversations are not enough and the government should define clear actions to tackle hate-motivated attacks in the country. Canada.

Ahead of Thursday’s summit, the advocacy organization of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) released 61 recommendations which it said came out of consultations with the community. The recommendations target all levels of government and include a call to create a federal anti-Islamophobia strategy by the end of the year.

“We are cautiously optimistic that more changes will follow – and as we engage with various levels of government across Canada, we will not stop until the change takes place,” Mustafa said. Farooq, CEO of NCCM, in an emailed statement. .

Farooq added that the organization will publish a document within two months outlining the actions to which different levels of government have committed. He said the NCCM needs to see these next steps before they can say whether the summit was a success or not, but he said there were positive signs, such as pledges to provide resources to combat the Islamophobia.

Senator Salma Ataullahjan, who sits in the Conservative Party of Canada, also said she will monitor what the federal government does after the summit. She said it is common for Muslims in Canada to hear hate speech and that women wearing the hijab can be particularly targeted.

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As the summit began Thursday afternoon, Ms Ataullahjan said she observed how the comments section of the Facebook livestream began to fill with all-too-familiar hatred. She took screenshots of some of the remarks to share on Twitter, writing that she was “horrified – but not surprised” by the comments.

“This is the rhetoric we’ve been hearing for some time,” she said in an interview with The Globe and Mail. She said the government must take action to help Muslim Canadians feel more secure and that she wants a national anti-Islamophobia strategy to emerge from the summit.

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“We as political leaders stand up and condemn ourselves, and we forget,” she said. “The words are no longer relevant. Do something.”

Mr. Trudeau was accompanied during the event by two ministers: Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth, as well as Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport.

Speaking at the summit, Trudeau said his government will continue to support Muslim Canadians and has already taken steps to “eradicate hatred wherever it rears its ugly head.”

He said this included tackling disinformation through education, investing to help protect mosques and community centers, and cracking down on online extremism and far-right hate groups.

“Right now we have to fight for the kind of Canada we all want to see… where we take care of each other,” he said. “It is the promise that our country must work hard to be up to the task. Because too many times and for too many people this promise has been broken.

He added that he wanted to listen to those who have had to deal with Islamophobia and that their experiences should be central to how the government approaches its work.

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“It’s not your burden to carry alone,” he said. “As a society, it is everyone’s responsibility to assume. “

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Molonglo Muslim community renews calls for mosque https://imos-journal.net/molonglo-muslim-community-renews-calls-for-mosque/ Wed, 21 Jul 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://imos-journal.net/molonglo-muslim-community-renews-calls-for-mosque/ The Muslim community of Molonglo has renewed its calls for the allocation of land to build a mosque in the area. Photo: File. On the auspicious occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim community in the Molonglo Valley, 1,000 strong, is once again expressing its need for a mosque. Nazmul Hasan from the Muslim community in […]]]>

The Muslim community of Molonglo has renewed its calls for the allocation of land to build a mosque in the area. Photo: File.

On the auspicious occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim community in the Molonglo Valley, 1,000 strong, is once again expressing its need for a mosque.

Nazmul Hasan from the Muslim community in the Molonglo Valley says the occasion is important for Muslims to remember the test of the Prophet Abraham, who was told to sacrifice his son.

It marks the last day of the annual Muslim holy pilgrimage – the Hajj – where millions of Muslims make the journey to Mecca. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, only Muslims in Saudi Arabia can attend.

Nazmul explained that Muslims around the world try to come together to say prayers if they cannot make the pilgrimage. However, it is currently difficult for the Islamic community in Molonglo to come together due to the lack of facilities, which is why the Muslim community in Molonglo Valley is calling on the ACT government to allocate land for a mosque.


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According to Nazmul, the entire community, which he estimates at around 400 families, is currently using the Denman Prospect Community Center, which can only accommodate 57 people at a time.

The small hall also means that only men can join, as traditionally women and men have to be separated for prayers.

While they also rented the outdoor space in Stromlo Forest Park, uncertainties surrounding yesterday morning’s forecast meant that many chose not to attend.

There are currently three mosques in Canberra, one in Yarralumla with a capacity of only 300 people, and another in Gungahlin, which was intended to serve the community of over 6,000 Muslims in northern Canberra. There is also the Canberra Islamic Center (CIC) in Monash.

For Nazmul and others who live in Weston Creek and Molonglo, these two mosques are too far apart and poorly served by public transportation.

“Already the Gungahlin Mosque is busy and overcrowded, while the Yarralumla Mosque is small, so it is clear that a new one is needed,” he explained.


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The Molonglo Valley, which is currently made up of Coombs, Denman Prospect, Whitlam and Wright, will continue to expand over the next few years as new suburbs are built, and Nazmul says it’s important the land for a mosque is allocated now before it is fully utilized. up.

Currently, the group is developing a formal business plan that it will present to its local MPs, with whom Nazmul says they already have a good relationship, and conversations are ongoing.

He also wishes to point out that Molonglo suffers from a lack of all kinds of community services and meeting places and that the planned mosque would also allow all members of the community to come together.

“We really only have temporary rooms at the moment that don’t serve everyone they could. We want a space for the whole community to come together and bridge the gap so that there isn’t a ‘us and them’ feeling, ”he said.

The community is hoping that at some point the new facility could accommodate a group of young people, have space for a women-only pool and daycare.

Eid al-Adha the celebrations will take place this Saturday (July 24) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Stromlo Forest Park, weather and COVID-19 permitting.


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