Hate Crimes Against Humanity: Contrasting Prejudice and Rahma

The forces of globalization and mass migration have resulted in clashes of cultures amongst various metropolitan cities in the west. Growing up as a second generation citizen near a city as diverse as Toronto, the most multicultural city in the entire world, exposes you to a variety of co-existing culture, from diverse classrooms to clashes of foodways and fusion dishes. It is also a beautiful thing to witness community centers and masajid where Muslims can peacefully practice their faith and an overall atmosphere of peace, tolerance, acceptance as well as human rights which are taught to children from a very young age. However, this very binding fabric, that could have created the blueprints of harmonious co-existence, interfaith dialogue, learning and growth, for this past decade has been unjustly plagued by Anti-Muslim sentiments in the media leading to prejudice and an increase in hate crimes locally and internationally. Furthermore, the information age has also exposed Canada’s own settler-colonial history making it challenging to address both past and present human rights violations and challenging the dehumanizing international political rhetoric that aims to exploit humans and the environment. Recent western wars across the middle east as well as anti-Muslim sentiments within the media have disproportionately led to increased global hostilities towards the Muslim community. Children with Muslim sounding names, hijab, and Muslims in general are constantly a target and placed in scrutiny. This dehumanization and desensitization targeted towards the Muslim community both destroy their sense of self worth and uproot them from their traditions as well as create a strong sense of prejudice. Continue reading Hate Crimes Against Humanity: Contrasting Prejudice and Rahma

You Cannot Guide Everyone You Love: Between Hope and Despair

The greatest gift any person can be given in this life is unwavering conviction in Allah (‎ﷻ) and His Messenger (‎‎ﷺ). However, sometimes those blessed with this conviction can become overly passionate when calling others, especially those closest to them, to guidance. Indeed, one of the most painful things in this world for a believer to witness is the people they love rejecting faith. In this regard, Allah (‎ﷻ) asks our beloved Prophet (‎‎ﷺ), “Are you going to worry yourself to death over them if they do not believe in this message?” (Qur’an 18:6) [1]. Continue reading You Cannot Guide Everyone You Love: Between Hope and Despair