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Thread #98444   Message #2022289
Posted By: Dickey
11-Apr-07 - 12:15 PM
Thread Name: BS: Give em shit, Canada
Subject: RE: BS: Give em shit, Canada

Canada's Muslims The Question of Integration

By Dr. Mohamed Elmasry President, The Canadian Islamic Congress

In light of the arrest of a group of young Muslims in Canada, the president of The Canadian Islamic Congress, Dr. Mohamed Elmasry, discusses the role of his organization in promoting the process of integrating the Muslim community.

The Muslim men arrested in Toronto recently are innocent until proven guilty. But if any of them is proven guilty in a court of law, then I hope and pray that Canada's Muslims will not be found guilty by association.

But then the question will be why a few Canadian Muslim youth were trying to make a political statement using violence instead of the peaceful means available in a liberal democracy like Canada.

To my knowledge, there is no academic research done in Canada or any other Western country to address the social aspects of this problem. The Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) urged the federal government in 2003 to allocate research funding to academia to do the needed research in partnership with the community, but we were turned down.

Today the government spends on the policing side of the problem but zero dollars on well-documented university research.

Tired of waiting for the government to fund research, the CIC launched 2 years ago its "smart integration" project using its limited resourses.

Minorities are usually consciously or unconsciously excluded from full participation in the life of the country. As a result, they become self-conscious social units sharing a sense of belonging to a group that sees itself as distinct from society's dominant majority...."

For US Muslim Girls, Hijab No Obstacle

By Sahar Kassaimah, IOL Correspondent

WASHINGTON For many Muslim girls in the United States, hijab is no obstacle whatsoever to enjoy their lives, but rather a source of strength, pride and a tool to spread correct information about much-stereotyped Islam.   

"I've been wearing my hijab for more than five years; since I was a fifth grader and I believe nothing has changed between me and my friends or classmates after I covered my hair," Huda Rabia, a Californian tenth grader student, told Friday, February 9.

"In the beginning they were all curious to know what this scarf is and why I am wearing it. They had tens of questions but after I answered all of them, they never asked me about it again."

During the few recent years, a debate has been raging in the West about Muslim women's right to wear hijab in public.

Describing it as a religious symbol and not an obligatory dress code as Muslims believe, France has triggered the controversy in 2004 by adopting a bill banning the hair veil in state schools.

Shortly afterwards, other European countries, chiefly Germany, followed the French lead.

But in the United States, it is a different story.