Abdullah Shihipar

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A man ties a white ribbon to a fence at a cemetery in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Dec. 23 to protest the government policy of forced cremations of Muslims who die of covid-19. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the most difficult things about the covid-19 pandemic has been the disruption of the ways in which we mourn. People have been unable to spend time with their loved ones in their dying moments, having to make do with a last glimpse over FaceTime instead. And as hospitals become overwhelmed, the waitlist for a plot to become available at a cemetery grows. For Muslims, this can be especially difficult, as Islam mandates that bodies be buried as soon as possible.

Losing loved ones and not being able to honor them with the usual religious rites and customs are hard enough when due to the logistics of an overburdened hospital system.…  Seguir leyendo »

A memorial near the site of a fatal shooting at a Quebec City mosque in January 2017. (Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)

To those who don’t reside here, Canada can seem like somewhat of an enigma. In a world where intolerance and hate seem to be spreading and are endorsed by those in power, Canada has served as the Western world’s city upon a hill. Seemingly immune to the forces of right-wing populism, the country boasts about its welcoming of Syrian refugees, and is led by a handsome prime minister, Justin Trudeau, who has openly called himself a feminist. When Donald Trump was elected, Americans flocked to Canada’s immigration website, causing it to crash within a few hours. Lately however, some Canadians have called into question the country’s image of tranquility; raising the alarm about the rising danger of Islamophobia.…  Seguir leyendo »