Unrest is counterproductive

The following letter was published by Ottawa Citizen, on May 6th 2024. As an Ahmadi Muslim, I have huge sympathy for the plight of the innocent Palestinians whose homes, lives, and history are being erased by the intense bombardment of Gaza. However, I cannot endorse protests that disrupt the peace of other places. These recent […]

Opinion: Solar eclipse an opportunity for collective inner reflection

The following article was published by Montreal Gazette, on April 6th, 2024. A profound symbolism lies within this celestial wonder: Are we agents of light, or do we contribute to the shadows that engulf humanity? As people eagerly await the solar eclipse on April 8, casting a shadow over many parts of Canada, I am […]

Motion for Gaza must follow with action

The following letter was published by The Toronto Star, on March 20th, 2024. NDP motion on Palestinian statehood passes after tense negotiations with Liberals yield major amendments, March 18 I have subdued feelings seeing that the NDP motion regarding the conflict in Gaza, altered as it may be, was passed in Parliament. I applaud MPs who […]

As an imam in Quebec, I hold out hope for the repeal of Bill 21

The following article was published by Montreal Gazette, on March 19th, 2024. A secular state should remain impartial; it should not impede individuals’ right to practise their religion. As a Muslim residing in Quebec, I am profoundly saddened that the Quebec Court of Appeal upheld the province’s secularism law (Bill 21), which prohibits certain civil servants from […]

End Islamophobia

The following letter was published by The London Free Press on March 6th, 2024. Islamophobia exists, and we have plenty of it throughout Canada. It’s been spreading like wildfire lately. We, as Canadians, must break through this ignorance and bigotry. As a Muslim, you’d be surprised how often I get asked, “Well, if you’re peaceful […]

Bill 21 is discriminatory

The following letter was published by The Toronto Star on March 5th, 2024. Quebec Appeal Court Bill 21 ruling fuels debate on notwithstanding clause, March 2 It is disappointing but not surprising to read that the Quebec Court of Appeal upheld Bill 21, finding the secular law constitutional. I am not a legal expert, but as […]

OLIVE BRANCH

The following letter was published by Edmonton Examiner, on March 3rd 2024. Let’s be honest, Islamophobia is on the rise here at home. That’s a fact. The question is, what can we do about it? The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) has an answer. AMYA has been tirelessly confronting this predicament for decades on end, […]

OLIVE BRANCH

The following letter was published by Edmonton Sun, on March 3rd 2024. Let’s be honest, Islamophobia is on the rise here at home. That’s a fact. The question is, what can we do about it? The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) has an answer. AMYA has been tirelessly confronting this predicament for decades on end, […]

Rights issue now

The following letter was published by The London Free Press on Jan 18th 2024. Regarding the letter to the editor from Scott Boa, of Ingersoll, Hamas broke ceasefire on Oct. 7 (Jan. 4). I would like to ask those who deny Palestinians the right to life a simple question. Why is it Ukraine is allowed […]

No need to avoid ‘Christmas’

The following letter was published by Ottawa Citizen, on Dec 20th, 2023. Re: Forget ‘Happy Holidays’ – I’m sticking with ‘Merry Christmas,‘ Dec. 18. Article content I read Dyan Cross’s column and as as Muslim I fully endorse the message. Everyone should be free to celebrate those religious holidays that are important to them. In the […]