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Ramadan Begins

Some Canadian Muslims will begin fasting on Wednesday, May 16 while others will start the month-long fast on Thursday. The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) has announced that the 1st of Ramadan will be on Wednesday, May 16th. The Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’i method for determining the beginning of lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. For more detailed information, please visit: Meanwhile, for Muslims who are following the actual sighting of the moon, Ramadan will begin on Thursday, May 17th. The Crescent Committee of Canada...

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Canadian Imams celebrate service to community

By Muneeb Nasir (TORONTO) – The Canadian Council of Imams celebrated 28 years of service to the community at its third annual dinner held on Monday, May 7 in Mississauga. “I would like to offer my thanks to Allah for such a memorable occasion and to show our gratitude to our Imams, our masajids and centres, our wider community, its organizations and to the different levels of government present here tonight,” said Dr. Mustafa Khattab, Secretary of the Canadian Council of Imams (CCI), reading a message on behalf of the Chairman of the Council, Dr. Iqbal Al-Nadvi. “With the...

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Lively Discussion in Toronto on Canadian Muslim Identity

An engaging and lively panel discussion took place in Toronto on Wednesday, May 2 on the challenges faced by Canadian Muslims related to identity formation and social integration. “There are internal pressures as well as external pressures that try to define who Muslims are,” said Imam Yusuf Badat of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto. “People on the outside of the Muslim community are trying to tell us who a Canadian is and who a Muslim is.” “The reality is that we are not defined by what the media thinks who we should be or what anyone thinks we should...

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The Somali Youth Research Initiative is a response to a call for action from Somali-Canadian families and communities in Ontario who are continuing to lose their young men at an alarming rate to gun violence and homicide. The first phase of the initiative, summarized in this report, has been to identify the nature and scope of the crisis by detailing the problem so future work can tailor better solutions. Other phases will include building awareness of the issues in Somali- Canadian Ontario communities, developing action partnerships and strategizing solutions to end the violence. The researchers used a mixed methods...

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