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She is Allah. 

She is Allah. 

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For some hope on Friday. CCMW Ottawa Chapter head and Universalist Muslim’s Farhat Rehman stands in protest, with both her daughter, Rahat Kurd of the Vancouver Unity Mosque and her grandson, outside MP Hedy Fry’s office, demanding justice for the children of Gaza.

For some hope on Friday. 

CCMW Ottawa Chapter head and Universalist Muslim’s Farhat Rehman stands in protest, with both her daughter, Rahat Kurd of the Vancouver Unity Mosque and her grandson, outside MP Hedy Fry’s office, demanding justice for the children of Gaza.

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From Shahla Khan Salter’s latest blog piece on Huffington Post entitled “Dear Stephen Harper - Eid Mubarak”: ”One reason for my concern, Prime Minister Harper, is that like you, I am a parent. And in case you have not been advised, what is happening to children in the region right now is the worst nightmare of any parent. My heart goes out to parents like this Syrian mother. 
Children have paid the price in Syria and continue to in that country, with at least 8,607 children killed since the war began in 2011. They have been murdered in Iraq for more than a decade and will continue to be killed in greater numbers, once again under the regime of ISIS. (It is estimated that more than 5,000 people have been killed by ISIS already this year.)
And most recently, the world has watched in horror as the bodies of children are lifted from the rubble in Gaza.The world grieves while children bear the brunt of the carnage throughout the region.And, what compounds our grief is that most world leaders are doing nothing to save them.We must do more in the name of humanity Prime Minister Harper. It is sad that Canada has taken so few refugees from Syria, since 2011. And your recent statement that Israel has a right to defend itself, in light of that country’s atrocious actions and policies, inspires no one, except those who are blind to the humanity of children and their parents.Prime Minister Harper, I love Canada. We are blessed to raise our children here.But the world is small and interconnected. It means we must speak out and remain on the side of compassion and love, even if at times, there is a price.After all, we must not be selective in our humanity.Eid Mubarak.”For the rest of the piece click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/shahla-khan-salter/dear-stephen-harper-eid-mubarak_b_5625566.html#slide=4012501Photo above of mother from Aleppo in the same link.

From Shahla Khan Salter’s latest blog piece on Huffington Post entitled “Dear Stephen Harper - Eid Mubarak”: 

One reason for my concern, Prime Minister Harper, is that like you, I am a parent. And in case you have not been advised, what is happening to children in the region right now is the worst nightmare of any parent. My heart goes out to parents like this Syrian mother. 

Children have paid the price in Syria and continue to in that country, with at least 8,607 children killed since the war began in 2011. They have been murdered in Iraq for more than a decade and will continue to be killed in greater numbers, once again under the regime of ISIS. (It is estimated that more than 5,000 people have been killed by ISIS already this year.)


And most recently, the world has watched in horror as the bodies of children are lifted from the rubble in Gaza.

The world grieves while children bear the brunt of the carnage throughout the region.

And, what compounds our grief is that most world leaders are doing nothing to save them.

We must do more in the name of humanity Prime Minister Harper. It is sad that Canada has taken so few refugees from Syria, since 2011. And your recent statement that Israel has a right to defend itself, in light of that country’s atrocious actions and policies, inspires no one, except those who are blind to the humanity of children and their parents.

Prime Minister Harper, I love Canada. We are blessed to raise our children here.

But the world is small and interconnected. It means we must speak out and remain on the side of compassion and love, even if at times, there is a price.

After all, we must not be selective in our humanity.

Eid Mubarak.”

For the rest of the piece click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/shahla-khan-salter/dear-stephen-harper-eid-mubarak_b_5625566.html#slide=4012501

Photo above of mother from Aleppo in the same link.

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Please share Adrienne Ascah’s article in Xtra today! “Even if you’re not fasting, you’re invited to join the Universalist Muslims for an Iftar dinner.
During the holy month of Ramadan, many Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise until sunset and then break their fast with an Iftar dinner. The Universalist Muslims’ potluck dinner, taking place Saturday, July 26 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vanier, is open to everyone of all faiths, genders and sexual orientations.

“We think it’s very important to spread that message that we are all equal and we stand shoulder to shoulder with our queer Muslim [brothers and sisters] and our queer friends of other faiths as well,” says Shahla Khan Salter.”
http://dailyxtra.com/ottawa/news/universalist-muslims-embrace-queer-brothers-and-sisters

Please share Adrienne Ascah’s article in Xtra today! “Even if you’re not fasting, you’re invited to join the Universalist Muslims for an Iftar dinner.

During the holy month of Ramadan, many Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise until sunset and then break their fast with an Iftar dinner. The Universalist Muslims’ potluck dinner, taking place Saturday, July 26 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vanier, is open to everyone of all faiths, genders and sexual orientations.

“We think it’s very important to spread that message that we are all equal and we stand shoulder to shoulder with our queer Muslim [brothers and sisters] and our queer friends of other faiths as well,” says Shahla Khan Salter.”

http://dailyxtra.com/ottawa/news/universalist-muslims-embrace-queer-brothers-and-sisters

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No words can express the depth of loss on the death of our soul sister, Anila Muhammad, former head of Muslims for Progressive Values Toronto, and co-founder and co-director of Universalist Muslims.Anila had the calm of a clear reflecting pool and the strength of the ocean. It was Anila - who always reminded us while we fought for human rights that that fight could not and would never be at the expense of those whose very rights we were seeking to protect.Not only did Anila wish to ensure no human being suffered, she worked to try and create a world in which no living thing suffered. She always reminded us that we are all connected - all human beings and all creatures - to the earth and to God.Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un - from Allah we come to Her we return. For those of you in the GTA - janaza prayers for Anila are being held at 1 pm at the ISNA mosque in Mississauga.We ask everyone who can to consider making a donation on Anila’s behalf to the Toronto Humane Society. Anila loved animals and in particular, loved her beautiful dog.Our friend, Laury Silvers is collecting names of those who may make a donation or wish to send a message to her Anila’s parents and Laury will send a card with messages of condolences and will advise Anila’s family of the donations made in Anila’s name. (Thanks Laury.) Here is Laury’s email: laury.silvers@utoronto.ca and the link https://torontohumanesociety.akaraisin.com/Donation/Event/DonationInfo.aspx?seid=3275&mid=48
No words can express the depth of loss on the death of our soul sister, Anila Muhammad, former head of Muslims for Progressive Values Toronto, and co-founder and co-director of Universalist Muslims.

Anila had the calm of a clear reflecting pool and the strength of the ocean. It was Anila - who always reminded us while we fought for human rights that that fight could not and would never be at the expense of those whose very rights we were seeking to protect.

Not only did Anila wish to ensure no human being suffered, she worked to try and create a world in which no living thing suffered. She always reminded us that we are all connected - all human beings and all creatures - to the earth and to God.

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un - from Allah we come to Her we return. 

For those of you in the GTA - janaza prayers for Anila are being held at 1 pm at the ISNA mosque in Mississauga.

We ask everyone who can to consider making a donation on Anila’s behalf to the Toronto Humane Society. Anila loved animals and in particular, loved her beautiful dog.

Our friend, Laury Silvers is collecting names of those who may make a donation or wish to send a message to her Anila’s parents and Laury will send a card with messages of condolences and will advise Anila’s family of the donations made in Anila’s name. (Thanks Laury.) Here is Laury’s email: laury.silvers@utoronto.ca and the link https://torontohumanesociety.akaraisin.com/Donation/Event/DonationInfo.aspx?seid=3275&mid=48

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Re. the atrocities having been committed in the past few weeks in Gaza - thank you Junaid Jahangir for speaking out for us at Universalist Muslims on this important issue. Here is an excerpt of his piece published in Huffington Post Canada: "Is it possible for human beings to follow, as Rabbi Malka Drucker explains, hesed — unconditional loving-kindness even for those we do not like? Is it possible to follow the teaching of Muhammad (upon whom be peace) to forgive those who wrong us and to repel evil with good?What if human beings followed the path of futuwwa — spiritual chivalry, to do what is right and just without expecting the same in return?As a greater power, what if Israel, rather than smearing its policy critics, listened to them, critically looked inward? Upholding the Judaic principle of justice, what if Israel decided to disband illegal settlements on the moth-eaten Palestinian map and effectively addressed human rights violations?Likewise, what if Hamas replaced the “destruction of Israel” with the “prosperity of Israel” in its Charter? Indeed, according to the earliest model of Muslim governance — the Charter of Medina — Jews, Muslims, Christians and pagans all had equal rights and responsibilities.Can texts that call for inclusion replace absolutist texts that call for exclusion? What if we were not defined by political grievances, but by our commitment to alleviate human suffering?Sometimes all these lofty words seem surreal in a world marred by nihilism — where love is suffocated by supremacism and racism. Indeed, the world is rife with those who worship the most devious and biggest false idol of all — the self-righteous ego.Yet there are some who keep the torch of introspection and self-criticism alive and who refuse to give in to twisted rationales that support oppression. Rabbis for Human Rights put their own lives at stake to stand by their neighbours. Various grass root Arab-Israeli groups continue to work towards peace.Amidst the madness, the Israeli and Palestinian families directly affected by the murders of their precious children reached out to comfort each other. Amongst many others, Rabbi Liz Bolton of the Jewish Voices for Peace Rabbinical Council went to offer her condolences to the family of Abu Khdeir, whose mother said “my insides are burning.”Independent Jewish Voices stand against the military occupation of Palestine and support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. They released a passionate statement that included:"The murder of the Palestinians and the Israeli youth merit both our sympathy and solidarity. It is our profound hope that this tragedy might inspire the Israelis to change course and seek a diplomatic route based on the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties."Universalist Muslims stand shoulder to shoulder with their Jewish brothers and sisters at Independent Jewish voices and all organizations and individuals who share those values.” For the rest of the blog, check out the link here and share:http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/junaid-jahangir/hamas-israel-conflict_b_5581216.html

Re. the atrocities having been committed in the past few weeks in Gaza - thank you Junaid Jahangir for speaking out for us at Universalist Muslims on this important issue. Here is an excerpt of his piece published in Huffington Post Canada: 

"Is it possible for human beings to follow, as Rabbi Malka Drucker explains, hesed — unconditional loving-kindness even for those we do not like? Is it possible to follow the teaching of Muhammad (upon whom be peace) to forgive those who wrong us and to repel evil with good?

What if human beings followed the path of futuwwa — spiritual chivalry, to do what is right and just without expecting the same in return?

As a greater power, what if Israel, rather than smearing its policy critics, listened to them, critically looked inward? Upholding the Judaic principle of justice, what if Israel decided to disband illegal settlements on the moth-eaten Palestinian map and effectively addressed human rights violations?

Likewise, what if Hamas replaced the “destruction of Israel” with the “prosperity of Israel” in its Charter? Indeed, according to the earliest model of Muslim governance — the Charter of Medina — Jews, Muslims, Christians and pagans all had equal rights and responsibilities.

Can texts that call for inclusion replace absolutist texts that call for exclusion? What if we were not defined by political grievances, but by our commitment to alleviate human suffering?

Sometimes all these lofty words seem surreal in a world marred by nihilism — where love is suffocated by supremacism and racism. Indeed, the world is rife with those who worship the most devious and biggest false idol of all — the self-righteous ego.

Yet there are some who keep the torch of introspection and self-criticism alive and who refuse to give in to twisted rationales that support oppression. Rabbis for Human Rights put their own lives at stake to stand by their neighbours. Various grass root Arab-Israeli groups continue to work towards peace.

Amidst the madness, the Israeli and Palestinian families directly affected by the murders of their precious children reached out to comfort each other. Amongst many others, Rabbi Liz Bolton of the Jewish Voices for Peace Rabbinical Council went to offer her condolences to the family of Abu Khdeir, whose mother said “my insides are burning.”

Independent Jewish Voices stand against the military occupation of Palestine and support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. They released a passionate statement that included:

"The murder of the Palestinians and the Israeli youth merit both our sympathy and solidarity. It is our profound hope that this tragedy might inspire the Israelis to change course and seek a diplomatic route based on the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties."

Universalist Muslims stand shoulder to shoulder with their Jewish brothers and sisters at Independent Jewish voices and all organizations and individuals who share those values.” 

For the rest of the blog, check out the link here and share:http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/junaid-jahangir/hamas-israel-conflict_b_5581216.html

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"This is a gathering of Lovers.In this gathering there is no high, no low,no smart, no ignorant,no special assembly, no grand discourse, no proper schooling required.There is no master,no disciple.” - Mevlana RumiPlease join us on Saturday, July 26th at 8:00 pm to break your fast or simply have a great late dinner. This year we are centrally located in Vanier at 400 McArthur Avenue. 
All are welcome - all ages, all genders, all colours, queer and straight and all faiths. Come pray with us - all are welcome to join or abstain in non-segregated queer affirming prayers. Admission: $5 per person or what you can afford. And we are accepting cans for the food bank. 
Please bring a dish to share, listing ingredients, particularly whether halal and if there are nuts. No alcohol or pork products please. 
Wear what you want. Come as you are. 
Please rsvp at universalistmuslims@gmail.com asap to advise as to the number in your group and what you are bringing. Call Shahla for more details if necessary: 613 262 8798.
The Program:
8 pm to 8:20 pm 
Set Up 
8:20 pm to 8:35 pm  
Admission/Donations, Sign Guest Book and Meet and Greet
8:35 pm                               
MCs to announce the Program to Guests.
8:38 pm               
Call to Prayer/Adhaan to be performed by Stephanie Renee
Breaking of Fast (appies and beverages - kindly refrain from eating in the banquet hall until this time - thanks)
8:45  pm
Iqama
Mixed congregational Maghrib prayers to be led by Shawn Smith.
Following Maghrib, we shall seat ourselves in a circle to share individual thoughts on gratitude and healing and then recite dua together.
9:00 pm               
Potuck Dinner 
9:20 pm               
Fauzya Talib on “Reflections this Ramadan”
9:30 pm               
Entertainment to include Anoshia Qadri’s slam poetry, Stephanie Renee’s own song and music by Ottawa’s own Social Butterfly (link: http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Social-Butterfly)
10:30 pm             
Closing Remarks
Clean Up
11:00 pm                             

Salaams.
Thank you to the UU Fellowship for access to this wonderful air conditioned space. This space used to be Giant Tiger and is near Golden India. Parking in back and on street. 
If you wish to share this with friends who are on FaceBook, please don’t hesitate to send them this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/289266361253608

"This is a gathering of Lovers.
In this gathering 
there is no high, no low,
no smart, no ignorant,
no special assembly, 
no grand discourse, 
no proper schooling required.
There is no master,
no disciple.” - Mevlana Rumi

Please join us on Saturday, July 26th at 8:00 pm to break your fast or simply have a great late dinner. This year we are centrally located in Vanier at 400 McArthur Avenue.


All are welcome - all ages, all genders, all colours, queer and straight and all faiths. 

Come pray with us - all are welcome to join or abstain in non-segregated queer affirming prayers. 

Admission: $5 per person or what you can afford. And we are accepting cans for the food bank. 

Please bring a dish to share, listing ingredients, particularly whether halal and if there are nuts. No alcohol or pork products please. 

Wear what you want. Come as you are. 

Please rsvp at universalistmuslims@gmail.com asap to advise as to the number in your group and what you are bringing. Call Shahla for more details if necessary: 613 262 8798.

The Program:

8 pm to 8:20 pm 

Set Up 

8:20 pm to 8:35 pm 

Admission/Donations, Sign Guest Book and Meet and Greet

8:35 pm                               

MCs to announce the Program to Guests.

8:38 pm               

Call to Prayer/Adhaan to be performed by Stephanie Renee

Breaking of Fast (appies and beverages - kindly refrain from eating in the banquet hall until this time - thanks)

8:45  pm

Iqama

Mixed congregational Maghrib prayers to be led by Shawn Smith.

Following Maghrib, we shall seat ourselves in a circle to share individual thoughts on gratitude and healing and then recite dua together.

9:00 pm               

Potuck Dinner 

9:20 pm               

Fauzya Talib on “Reflections this Ramadan

9:30 pm               

Entertainment to include Anoshia Qadri’s slam poetry, Stephanie Renee’s own song and music by Ottawa’s own Social Butterfly (link: http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/Social-Butterfly)

10:30 pm             

Closing Remarks

Clean Up

11:00 pm                             

Salaams.

Thank you to the UU Fellowship for access to this wonderful air conditioned space. This space used to be Giant Tiger and is near Golden India. Parking in back and on street. 

If you wish to share this with friends who are on FaceBook, please don’t hesitate to send them this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/289266361253608

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In Toronto check out the Salaam Peace Iftar Dinner - this Friday at 7 pm! Join our Muslim family at El-Tawhid for song, prayer, food (halal), drink, love and friendship. All are welcome - all ages, all faiths, all colours, queer and straight. And please donate: http://jumacircle.com/FaceBook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/555299017913032/

In Toronto check out the Salaam Peace Iftar Dinner - this Friday at 7 pm! Join our Muslim family at El-Tawhid for song, prayer, food (halal), drink, love and friendship. 

All are welcome - all ages, all faiths, all colours, queer and straight. 

And please donate: http://jumacircle.com/

FaceBook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/555299017913032/

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Allah loves peace. 

Allah loves peace.