Guest column, Ottawa Sun, Sep. 10, 2016
The decisions our leaders make have a great impact on our daily lives. While much attention is given to political and community leaders, each of us is or will be a leader in some capacity. We discuss the correct approach to leadership.
Leading to Serve (Runs 28:15 ~ 6.8 MB)
Friday Khutbah, February 13, 2015 at Kanata Muslim Association
Fear is a very powerful emotion. It can easily overtake people and even entire communities, leading to potentially irrational behaviour. We talk about fear, suspicion and the power of faith.
Refusing the advances of fear (Runs28:48 ~ 6.9 MB)
Friday Khutbah, February 28, 2014 at the Islamic Centre of Kingston (Ontario)
When was the last time someone told you, “I’m not supposed to tell anyone, but…”? Secrets can be hard to keep, but what should we do when we come across one? What should be our approach to the affairs of others? We take a look at secrets, gossip and slander from an Islamic perspective.
Making your business my business (Runs 21:13 ~ 4.8 MB)
By Sikander Hashmi
The moment I saw my Twitter feed light up with breaking news alerts about a terror bust last Monday, my heart sank. I was worried not because I wanted a potential terror plot to go ahead, but because April had already been a difficult month, and the last thing I needed to hear was that there had been another potential terror threat.
First there was the revelation that two young Muslim men from London, Ont. had allegedly travelled to Algeria and taken part in an attack on an oil refinery in mid-January. Both were reportedly killed. There was the expected barrage of questions, concerns and criticisms regarding our communities that I was still dealing with.
The Boston Marathon bombings were particularly difficult. To watch fellow human beings go through such a sudden and terrifying event was heart-wrenching. It reminded me of the many civilian deaths and injuries occurring almost daily in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and many other parts of the world. Except this time, it hit a lot closer to home. I was born in Montreal, have lived in Toronto and have relatives in New York, so Boston is a city I can identify with.
The “oh no, I hope it’s not a Muslim” moment came and went quickly, as the suspects were soon identified as Muslims. Only a few days had passed since the terrible bombings, and the overall sadness, concern about violent radicalism and fear of backlash hadn’t dissipated. The latter was so strong that last Friday, as I prepared to leave home to lead our weekly prayer service, I actually considered saying proper goodbyes to my wife and two young children in case something terrible happened and I never returned.