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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