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Islamic Heritage Month

On October 19, 2017 I rose in the Senate Chamber to commemorate Islamic Heritage Month. I rise today to acknowledge that October is Islamic Heritage Month in Canada. As a Muslim who immigrated to this country more than 30 years ago, I understand all too well the importance of recognizing the contributions of the Muslim community to Canada. Islamic History Month was overwhelmingly adopted by parliamentarians on all sides in 2007 in order to foster dialogue, as well as acceptance…
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Committee Hearings on Rohingya

As an internationally recognized defender of human rights, Canada must do everything in its power to pressure the Myanmar government to stop its systematic abuse of Rohingyas in Rakhine State, Senate Committee on Human Rights chair Senator Jim Munson and deputy-chair Salma Ataullahjan, urged in a joint statement Tuesday. Committee members finished the second of two hearings into the crisis late Monday.  Human rights groups told Senators that the Myanmar authorities are renderin…
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Motion 240 - Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Since August 25th 2017, the human rights situation for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has become more perilous and horrific as each day has passed.  Reports of brutal violence and violations of human rights perpetrated by Myanmar government forces against the Rohingya, including sexual violence, rape, mass gang rape, torture, killing of civilians including infants and children, disappearances, families burned alive in their homes, torching of entire villages and indiscriminate att…
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Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa

Thank you Khalil, As Salam Alaikum and good afternoon everyone. I would like to thank the Global Centre for Pluralism for inviting me to speak at this important event with the Global Shapers Community, as part of this year’s SHAPE North America Summit. The increase in trans-national violence and the rise of populist and nationalistic ideology are indeed a threat to pluralism globally. In this regard, I am encouraged and inspired to see so many exceptional young leaders here tod…
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Beginning of Ramadan

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to the month of Ramadan, a holy month that Muslims around the world observe. Ramadan is one of the five pillars or fundamental beliefs of Islam. Muslims observe Ramadan as a commemoration of the revelation of the Quran from God to our prophet, Muhammad. Peace be upon him. During this month, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset, all while continuing their daily lives. Abstinence from food and drink for 18 hours a d…
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Terrorist Attack at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City

As Salam Alaikum (peace be upon you) Honourable Senators, I rise before you today in shock, sadness and horror over the massacre which took place at the Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday in Quebec City. In a targeted act of terror and hatred, six innocent people lost their lives in their place of worship: Khaled Belkacemi 60, Azzedine Soufiane 57, Aboubaker Thabti 44, Abdelkrim Hassane 41, Mamadou Tanou Barry 42, and Ibrahima Barry 39. Additionally, nineteen innocent people wer…
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