The Ontario Sex Education Curriculum: An Imam’s Perspective

Imam Sikander Hashmi

Imam Sikander Hashmi

Sikander Hashmi was born and raised in Montreal. At the age of 11, he left home to memorize the Qur'an and study Islam at Al-Rashid Islamic Institute in Cornwall, Ontario, where he studied for 10 years. He then studied journalism at Concordia University in Montreal, graduating with a BA specialization in Journalism in 2008. He has worked as a reporter for the Toronto Star and Montreal Gazette. In 2010, he became Imam of the Islamic Centre of Kingston and served on the community editorial board of the Kingston Whig-Standard daily newspaper, which gave him the opportunity to write occasionally about Islam. By the Grace of Allah, he was also given the opportunity to build connections with the police, other faith groups, government departments and politicians, while teaching Qur'an to children, offering spiritual counsel to individuals, organizing youth programs and reaching out to Muslim students and prisoners. Sikander has had the opportunity to give numerous local and national media interviews on various issues related to Islam and Muslims. In June 2014, he moved to Ottawa to serve as imam of the Kanata Muslim Association. He can be reached through his website (http://www.sikander.ca) or on Twitter @kanataimam.

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