Responding positively to fear and hate (Friday Khutbah)

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Friday Khutbah, September 19, 2014 at the Kanata Muslim Association

Once again, disturbing and inappropriate actions are unfortunately being linked to Islam.  As citizens of a global village, incidents from around the world have the potential to affect us locally. What should we do? We explore appropriate responses to fear, suspicion and hate.

Responding positively to fear and hate (Runs 32:03 ~ 12.3 MB)

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Dealing with hate and mistrust (Friday Khutbah)

Friday Khutbah, May 10, 2013 at the Islamic Centre of Kingston (Ontario)

New statistics indicate the Canadian Muslim population has grown to 1 million. Some are alarmed while others continue to spread hatred against us and our faith. How should we respond? What do we learn from past incidents and teachings of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)?

Dealing with hate and mistrust (Runs 34:49 ~ 15.9 MB)

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Opinion: This is not our Islam (Kingston Whig-Standard)

By Sikander Hashmi

Earlier this year, a Kingston Muslim mother was at her son’s hockey game when she was handed a booklet. She took a look and what she found left her very upset.

The booklet was actually a horrible attempt at proselytizing to Muslims in the form of a comic strip, filled with mockery of Islamic teachings and negative stereotypes about Muslims. It certainly didn’t bring her any closer to converting to Christianity. I mentioned this in a sermon at the Islamic Centre of Kingston. There were no protests and no violence.

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Opinion: 9/11 – Muslims have faced an increasing level of violence (The Montreal Gazette)

By Sikander Hashmi, Special to The Gazette
September 11, 2012

Eleven years ago today, I headed to my room after attending classes at North America’s oldest Islamic seminary, in Cornwall, Ont. I switched on the radio, as I usually would, to listen to the morning news. What I heard changed my world.

It was a day of shock and bewilderment. That night, our principal unequivocally condemned the attacks, sending a clear message to students that the attacks were unacceptable according to the teachings of our faith.

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