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Sri Lankan Muslim Community of Canada Statement on terrorist attacks

The Unified Sri Lankan Muslim Community of Canada (USLMCC), a collective group of religious and civic organizations, is grieved by the heinous attack on multiple churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that mercilessly claimed the lives of Christian worshipers on their holy day. Our prayers go out to the innocent victims, their families and the people of our motherland during this unspeakable tragedy. According to Islamic teachings, all religious places are sanctuaries where people come to find solace and peace. It is abhorrent that this peace is disrupted, sanctity is violated, and lives are shattered by...

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Canadian Imams Celebrate Community Service at Awards Ceremony

The Canadian Council of Imams (CCI) celebrated the accomplishments of Imams and community leaders at its 4th Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony held on Monday, April 15th in Mississauga, Ontario. “The event provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of notable community members,” said Imam Refaat Mohamed, President of the Canadian Council of Imams. “Through their tireless work ethic and dedication, they have created immeasurable impact.” “The awards ceremony will be one for us to share our thoughts and exchange ideas on how to chart our journey forward to reach new heights,” he added. “We have an...

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Muslims to celebrate Earth Day with Green Khutbah Campaign

Muslims across the world will commemorate Earth Day on Friday, April 19, 2019 with the Green Khutbah Campaign as religious leaders deliver a sermon to raise awareness on the environmental challenges facing humanity. “We are encouraging mosques, schools, universities and Islamic Institutions to devote their Friday Khutbah to celebrate the blessings, graces and beauty of all of God’s creation and to raise awareness on the environmental challenges facing humanity,” said Muaz Nasir, the publisher of the Canadian environmental website, and one of the founders of the Campaign. “This year the theme of the Green Khutbah Campaign is ‘Climate Change:...

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‘Rings of Peace’ Surround Toronto Mosques after New Zealand Shooting

The Jewish community, joined by other faith communities in the Greater Toronto Area, formed ‘rings of peace’ at over a dozen Toronto area mosques during the weekly Salaatul Jumuah service in response to last Friday’s mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that took the lives of 50 Muslim worshippers and wounded many others. “The Holy Blossom Community will gather in a ‘ring of peace’ to comfort our friends at the Imdadul Islamic Centre and to stand together in solidarity against hatred,” said Rabbi Yael Splansky of Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto’s oldest synagogue. The Toronto Board of...

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Why I think Ontario needs a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

By Sanaa Ali-Mohammed It’s been a little over two years since the terrorist attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec. Since then, many Muslim communities have been making efforts to heal. Healing has been hindered by the fact that, across Ontario, and globally, it feels like our communities are still under siege. In the days and months following the tragedy, as confirmed by StatsCan data, crimes targeting Muslims in Ontario skyrocketed by 207%. This data, coupled with the horrific recent attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, demonstrates that the scourge of Islamophobia remains a constant, and is in fact,...

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