As we continue to work on the challenges we face as Muslim minorities living in non-Muslim majority country, I hope and pray that we also ask ourselves what we do as Muslims when we are a majority and we form the government in a Muslim majority country. With time, it will become harder and harder to demand rights that we choose to deny to others. My biggest fear is that now that the "Arab spring" has led to self-described Islamist governments that are under the spotlight and are struggling with religious rights for minorities, the position of Muslims in the west will worsen dramatically.
Peace be upon you all!
First and foremost, thanks to everyone who made our Feb 23 event another success to be humbly proud of. We did something collectively for the sake of Allah and humanity. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people just by pulling ourselves together and contributing with our donations like drops of rain that join each other to give life to earth and what comes out of it. Allah Almighty says, “The parable of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is that of a grain of corn: it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases; and Allah cares for all and He knows all things.” (2:261).
Last year, you were so generous that not only you helped us raise tens of thousands of dollars and push Muslim Friends of Osler’s campaign forward, but you also helped us fulfill Faith of Life network’s pledge to sponsor a room in Brampton Civic Hospital for $25,000. The pledge was fulfilled in approximately one year instead of five years thanks to your openhandedness and your earnestness. And this year on Feb 23, we were able to raise approximately $40,000 which will go into the campaign numbers.
No words can express how proud and honored each one of us feels to be part of this young and small community of hours. This has been the vision of Faith of Life Network since the time we founded it in 2005 and we are very grateful to see the dream becoming a reality. Al-Hamdulillah!
May Allah bless you all and Jazakumu Allahu Khayran!
Dr. Hamid Slimi
Faith of Life Network
Children are our treasure; we must cherish them as such and nurture them with mercy.
As-Salaamu alaikum and Peace be with you! In Islam, children are a great blessing from Allah Almighty, to be cherished, loved, respected and guided to imbibe the values of Islam. The family is a pre-eminent unit of society and both parents and children are commanded to honour one another. A child is considered as such until he/she hits puberty, after which he/she is considered a young adult.
Sometimes, when people ask me why God doesn’t let Muslims eat pork I tell them that since men can be such pigs it’s probably just too close to cannibalism. We laugh and move on but I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t appreciate the joke or understand exactly what I’m talking about.
Men have been trying to control women throughout history. God made us different, and differences breed conflict, but Islam is all about conflict resolution. When you study the Qur’an in the context of the Sunnah (Prophetic traditions) it becomes obvious that Allah wants us to live in harmonious peace with everyone. There is no greater place in which to act peaceably than our own homes. Unfortunately, instead of following God’s plan for us, men have time and again twisted words, ignored commands and done pretty much anything else to stay in control.