|Habib & Habib|
It is timely, what with the fearmongering by the Conservative party in our Canadian federal election. It is shameful. Many do not understand Islam or Muslim ideals, except as broadcast by Loon Wolves, who think they understand it, or the extremist fringe. It breaks my heart.
|Our 2005 research|
Canada is a multi-cultural, diverse country
This hard-working, well-educated couple, immigrated to Canada in 1973. Both of them have graduate degrees: Dr. Habib was a practicing doctor, and a professor. Mrs. Habib earned her Masters in Political Science. There are brief, skeletal paragraphs about their wonderful education and
volunteer services. I anxiously await their auto-biographies, which are hinted for in another book. That said, I was somewhat disappointed that the book contained mostly facts, reports, newspaper articles, and meeting minutes.
|Celebrating our diversity|
My student created the Eid poster
The book is well-edited, even if some of the phrasing and syntax is awkward, but it is a very difficult read to get to the meat of it, to find the humanity in those who have given up their homeland to come to the cold, Canadian west.
Both authors were born in India, just prior to The Partition of India and Pakistan. Essentially, they immigrated what with battles over political issues involving many religious groups: Hindu, Buddhist, Jainists and Sikhs. Add in Jews, Christians, and Islamists, who arrived in the 1st millennium of the Common Era (CE), and you can understand how difficult it was for our authors to remain in this part of the world.
|We celebrated many traditions,|
and respected our differences
I wanted to understand how many Muslims immigrated to the west.
"Ignorance is the biggest disease of the human being." --M. Naushaba HabibSome of the issues we had to deal with when I taught: kids fasting while others students were eating, missing school days for religious celebrations, girls playing sports wearing a hijab, finding places to pray, all of which have been sorted out since. Mrs. Habib tells us that they were well into their way amalgamating into the region, but they wanted to blend their elements of their Indian culture, as well. Unfortunately, 9/11 convinced many people that all Muslims are extremists, and this breaks my heart.
Further research & my rant
Islam is derived from the Arabic root "Salema": peace, purity, submission and obedience. In the religious sense, Islam means submission to the will of God...I did read an article, which shocks, but does not surprise me, about racism in Alberta. I didn't know. I grew up in Toronto, where my birthday parties were a rainbow of faces.
- Fighting fire with fire Anti-racist organizing in Alberta BY
The real election issues
|The incredible lightness of|
The Conservatives are racist, anti-muslims, and I am so ashamed. They were of no help to Canadian Mr. Fahmy, incarcerated for 400 days in Egypt, on trumped up charges.
We need more immigrants, like the Habibs, to tell us their stories of their past, their life in Canada, and what they hope for for the future.
|How badly I feel about this|