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Have My Back: Reflections on Backbiting

You know that feeling upon entering a room and realizing that you were just being spoken of? Everyone has experienced this moment. The real question is however: should we only be feeling this way or do we perhaps make others feel this way too? I remember as...

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Building A Home: An Interview with Iqra Khalid

It is that much sweeter when you build a home as opposed to just moving into one. A force for change, newly elected MP Iqra Khalid did not let institutional barriers prevent her from being elected to represent Mississauga Erin Mills in Parliament. Rather she used...

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Saving the world with voluntary simplicity

With the mass of headlines warning of humanity’s impeding fall into a climate dystopia, your heart might sink a little. The news points to a bleak future, one that will be experienced if not by yourself, surely your children and grandchildren. A future of civilization collapse...

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Nisa Homes: A Safe Space for Muslim Women

Mariam called Nisa Homes at 10 pm after having spent a night at a friend’s house, after which her friend’s husband said she couldn’t stay any longer. Mariam spent the next night at a motel with the money she had left. Tonight, she had no place...

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A Photographer’s Perspective: Qurrat A’yun Studios

Qurrat A’yun Studios started as my escape from the sterile, suffocating dungeons of University of Toronto’s Engineering department. Whenever I had some time I would grab my little Canon point-and-shoot and photograph anything I could — puddles, my brothers, my jewellery. Some brave investments later, my...

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I want to engage in psychotherapy but…

A teenager with obsessive-compulsive disorder is not allowed to see a psychotherapist because her parents fear that it will affect their reputation. The stress from her OCD causes her to experience heart palpitations and breathing problems. A young woman on antidepressants knows that psychotherapy would help...

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Smart choices make healthy food affordable

Many Canadian Muslims worry that eating healthy is too expensive. In fact, this worry is so widespread that many families assume healthier grocery choices will be detrimental to their family budget and are not practical. When making major family decisions – such as the quality of food...