Noor is delighted to offer this new monthly program for youth aged 15 and up:
A forum on being young, being Muslim, and being Canadian – facilitated by Dr. Timothy J. Gianotti, 2008-2011 York-Noor Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies.
Dates: Sunday November 7
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Upstairs Classroom, Noor Cultural Centre
(Next Session – Sunday December 5)
Canadian Muslim youth civically engaged in Toronto. We need to make more videos like this.
Deviant Productions added the following note to provide some context for this local issue:
“The Canadian government has 1 billion dollars to spend on security for the G20 but not a dime for keeping the doors of schools open in highly racialized and lower-income neighbourhoods.”
Deviant Productions Copyrights 2010.
Below is an excerpt from a focus group discussion held at the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada, on May 22nd 2010, led by Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im. The theme was “Muslims in North America: Enhancing Citizenship.”
When asked about how Muslims can bring our citizenship into play on two levels – namely, changing the laws of the state to our favor and changing the image of Islam in the public perception – answers varied. In one interlocutor’s view, “Questions remain about what is ‘mainstream Muslim,’” and another revealed that through Bill 94, in Quebec, a niqabi woman can be denied publicly-funded services, but this cannot legally apply yet because the bill has not been passed. Some reminded others that “citizenship is proactive; we need to engage in the practice of policy-making and don’t shy away from it.”
Although most Muslim Canadians see themselves as both, full Canadians and full Muslims, many admit that there are severe challenges they have to face. They agree that Muslims must participate in the Canadian society, and not shy away from doing so, in an attempt to safeguard their civil rights in the country, for they are as Canadian as the non-Muslims of Canada are.
Read more at the source: http://sharia.law.emory.edu/en/blog
This footage was taken in downtown Toronto by Somali Canadian filmmaker Mona Ismail. She also serves on the Muslim Youth Canada Project’s national youth steering committee.
For more details, and to find out how you can participate, please visit: http://nonbill94.wordpress.com/
Is it just me or did it seem that the (young?) woman wearing niqab “Amina” had arguably the most polite and soft-spoken tone of everybody advocating for opposition to this bill? Funny.