In 2007, the Parliament of Canada proclaimed October Canadian Islamic History Month in recognition of the significant contributions the Muslim community has made to Canadian society.
Muslim-Canadians enrich our lives and contribute to the prosperity and heritage of our country through their outstanding achievements in many fields, including literature, mathematics, science, sports and the arts.
This month offers all Canadians a wonderful opportunity to reflect on and learn more about the history of Islam in Canada and the cultural diversity of Canada’s large Muslim community.
1. Canadian Islamic Heritage Month. Retrieved from: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/news/2019/09/statement-on-canadian-islamic-history-month.html
Take the “Z” out™ is an international borderless bridge-building campaign to help people realize how to pronounce Islamic words more accurately.
In particular, Islamic is pronounced “Islamic” with an “s” sound, not a “z” sound (“
Izlamic”). And Muslim is pronounced “Muslim”, with an “s” sound, not a “z” sound (“ Muzlim”).
Name butchery is often experienced by people of colour. Rest assured, when you get the knack for pronouncing Islamic and Muslim better, it may end up being a painful or annoying experience to now catch others saying it. But now you know, pass it on.
*Poster and information provided by takethezout.org
islamophobia.io is an innovative digital storytelling platform that aims to remove the "foreign factor" out of Muslim and disrupt Islamophobia.
The concept is both an invitation and an opportunity:
As An Opportunity: For Muslims and allies to tell stories about lived Muslim experiences and experiences allies have had with Muslims.
As An Invitation: The public is invited to read stories by Muslims and their allies. Every story serves as an educational experience capturing the lived experiences of Islamic communities.