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On December 7th, during Senator’s Statements in the Senate Chamber, I spoke about the growing issue of Islamophobia in Canada and other Western countries. Honourable senators, I came to this country as a young bride to join my husband, who had moved here as a student. In moving to Canada, I joined a population of Canadian Muslims that has existed since the country’s formation. In this global political climate, accounts of hate crimes against Muslims have increased in many Weste…
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Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to you about the plight of the Rohingya minority living in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The Rohingya have been part of the Myanmar landscape for centuries, where they lived in peaceful coexistence with the Buddhist population until a citizenship law in 1982 made them stateless. More than one million Rohingya Muslims live in Rakhine state, where tensions have been simmering yet again between the Buddhist and Muslim populations after an…
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Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians

Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak about the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians. Senator Fraser has highlighted the extraordinary work of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the work of the IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and I would like to both recognize and applaud Senator Fraser for her ongoing support and involvement with the IPU. The IPU’s Committee on Human Rights works to “protect parliamentarians…
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Ramadan 2016

Honourable senators, I rise to speak to you today about the holy month of Ramadan, which began yesterday. Ramadan is a time of great importance in the Muslim faith because it was when the Quran was revealed, one chapter per day, for each of the 30 days of the month. Ramadan is a time of contemplation, for prayer and for trying to be closer to the Creator. It is a time for self-reflection and a time to consider those less fortunate. It is a time to reconnect with family and the…
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Attacks of Terrorism in Pakistan

I debated whether or not to rise and share with you the unspeakable horrors that have taken place in Pakistan this year. I thought long and hard about whether I should speak in the Chamber once more about death, destruction, loss. But, then I realized that this has been the experience of my people for the past 36 years. As you know, the city of Lahore was recently the victim of an attack, which killed more than 70 people, Christians and Muslims alike, and left at least 300 peop…
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