by Ahmed Khalil On May 2nd, 1999, parliamentarians screamed, “Get out! Get out!” They kept at it for 30 to 40 minutes, the volume of the cries rising higher and higher, as it fell on the ears of Merve Kavakçi. At the age of 31, Kavakçi was the first woman wearing the hijab elected to [...]
by Ahmed Khalil Ahmed Khalil reflects on his relationship with the late Sheikh Mohamed Rashad, imam of Masjid Assalam. He passed away while on the mountain of Arafah, in Saudi Arabia, dressed in the white ihram worn by pilgrims. I was stunned when I first read the email announcing the death of Sheikh Mohamed Rashad. For [...]
by Ahmed Khalil Do we as Muslims volunteer? Or are we voluntold? Urban Dictionary defines voluntold as, “When someone ‘volunteers’ someone else for something so that the other person really doesn’t have a choice.” If you’re interested in the question, or perhaps have other questions such as, “Who would voluntell me?” then read on! I promise you an answer.
by Ahmed Khalil Andrew Dufresne’s fingers shake as he loads his gun. He quickly sips from his stainless steel wine bottle. He is angry, high on adrenaline, shivering and wild-eyed. In the night, he stumbles out of his car and walks towards a house, gun in hand. This is a scene from the classic motion picture [...]
by Ahmed Khalil Abraar School makes its way into Ontario’s top six per cent schools Abraar School is now ranked among the city’s best schools after its students excelled in last year’s standardized provincial tests in reading, math and writing. But the road to this achievement has been long and challenging.
by Julia Williams On July 1st, 2009 my friend, Marwa El Sherbiny, was killed in a German courtroom. She was there to bear witness against a man who had harassed her in a Dresden park where she was playing with her infant son. This man had called her a terrorist because she wore the hijab, the Islamic headscarf. Marwa had chosen to defend her rights [...]