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Running Wild, Finding Islam
I wonder where to start this story. I became a Muslim officially on January 1, 2006, in Damascus, Syria. But I made Shahadah in 2003 when I stood in a sunlit meadow and told God my hopes and dreams.
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Who speaks for a new Canadian community? by Richard M. Landau
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and some of that city’s Somali community are at odds. Acting on what it thought were the concerns of the Somali population, the TDSB is considering a modified curriculum and services for the children of Canadian
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Do I Know More Than My Khateeb?
“Dear Khateeb, ... For the past several years of my life, my attendance at Friday prayer has nothing to do with your abilities to draw me closer to my deen. I only come because I have to, and leave unaffected. My time with you is precious, make it count. Read more...
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Family Fun Skate
Yes, indeed, every child has the right to play. For children whose parents come from warmer lands, winter recreation is a challenge.
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From Right to Left – Aren’t I Canadian too?
In light of this recent article, Is Kingston (ON, Canada) racist? I will share a personal experience of trying to get my book “into” the Kingston Public Library.
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Women aren’t coerced into wearing the head coverings, according to report
Women in Niqab Watch Video
When she first decided to cover her face, Afia Baig had to sneak out of the house. She was a 20-year-old medical student in Pakistan, and her parents couldn’t believe she wanted to wear the veil worn by some Muslim women.
“My father was totally against it,” she said, recalling her decision to cover her face. I had to hide from him to get out of the house.” Read more...
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Olive Tree Foundation: 2014 Scholarship & Bursary Awards
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It’s that time of the year again! Olive Tree Foundation, in partnership with CAM-D, MIST Toronto and the Ontario Association of Islamic Schools, is accepting Call for Nominations for our annual scholarship and bursary awards to students entering full-time programs of study at a college or university in the upcoming academic year is here.

The recipients of the Mohamed and Opheera Nasir Leadership Scholarship for $1000 will be chosen on the basis of exceptional leadership qualities and social conscience, as well as, academic achievement.

4 bursary awards of $500 each will also be awarded: The Academic Excellence bursary, The Women Educational bursary, The Youth Action bursary, and The Abdullah Ibn Umm Makhtum Honorary bursary.  (Download application form: click HERE)

If you have any questions or comments about the Olive Tree Foundation 2014 Scholarship and Bursary Awards, please contact us at info@olivetreefoundation.ca 
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Muslim seniors get funding to promote volunteerism
Mohamed Bhabha of MSC and Kathy Bullock of TTI with grant cheque
The Muslim Seniors Circle of Halton/Peel (MSC) has received funding from the Federal Government for Seniors Program to promote volunteerism among seniors and members of other generations. The goal of the project, Serving Others – Memoirs of Muslim Seniors (SOMMS), is to promote volunteerism by producing a 30 minute documentary video that will be the focal point for discussions at targeted community events.  The documentary will highlight the life histories of Muslim seniors with extraordinary volunteer experiences.  Read more...

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