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People could all do with a dose of Ramadan

By Muneeb Nasir Fasting is a big commitment and it is not quite that easy for those who are not initiated into the art of fasting. Ramadan is a month of abrupt changes. For a month, the fasting person takes a break from their usual lives to return to meaning and essentials, breaking with their habits of consumption, and interrupting the rhythms of their daily life. The abrupt changes brought about in Ramadan are an invitation to transformation. At the heart of our consumer world, where we are used to easy access to anything we wish, and where we...

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Canadians hold Rings of Peace and Interfaith vigils for victims of Sri Lankan bombings

Canadian religious communities have been coming together in vigils to remember victims of the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that took over 250 lives and left many injured “A human ‘Ring of Peace’ conveys the message that we stand together to guard a sacred place of worship,” said Imam Shabbir Ally at a Ring of Peace and Interfaith Vigil held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Toronto’s St. Jamestown neighborhood on Thursday, April 25, 2019. “As we stood in front of this church today, our message to any would be attacker is that we are...

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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, Khaleafa.com and one of the founders of the Campaign. “This year the theme of the Green Khutbah Campaign is ‘Climate Change:...

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