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Janazah prayer today at Mountain Mosque November 6, 2012

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To Allah we belong, and unto Him is our return
Tawfik Ilyas has passed away
He is the brother in-law of Br. Abdullatif Barrih (Moroc Printing )
His Janazah(Funeral prayer) will be held today
TUESDAY November 6 @ 1:30 p.m.
Hamilton Mountain Mosque (1545 Stone Church Rd. E.)


Eid Fashion Show & Dinner! August 7, 2012

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As Salamu Alykum, Ramadan Mubarak to everyone!

This Eid InshAllah your search for something fun to do with friends and family ends with GOLDEN YOUTH.
GOLDEN YOUTH presents their very first EID FASHION SHOW & DINNER for all females ages 9 and up. This event will be aFUNDRAISER for GOLDEN YOUTH – so come show your support! The FASHION SHOW will feature LOCAL DESIGNERS and CULTURAL CLOTHING. As well as other entertainment such as a SPOKEN WORD ARTIST; this event is sure to be one that you won’t want to miss. Tickets for this event are now being sold and must be purchased by Sunday August 19, 2012 – no later. Keep in mind that there is a LIMITED number of tickets so please do not delay. The event will be taking place at MICHELANGELO, so it is a FORMAL. The tickets come at a great price of $35, however if you buy three or more tickets you get each for $30. The event begins at 5pm.

GOLDEN YOUTH is working hard to make this as enjoyable and glamorous a night as possible, exclusively for females. For further information, questions and inquiries open the attached file and you’ll find the contact information necessary to purchase your tickets for this year’s GOLDEN YOUTH Eid event.

InshAllah this month of Ramadan is a blessed month for us all and we hope to see you all at the FASHION SHOW & DINNER.

As Salamu Alykum,

Job Posting: Hamilton Police Service August 2, 2012

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“Hamilton Police is currently hiring Emergency Communications Operators. Check out Workopolis or the HPS website for further info.

The position pays $31.87 per hour, plus 14% in lieu of benefits, and 4% vacation pay, to start, but as

you can see, we have high expectations.

Deadline to submit an application is Friday, August 10th, 2012, at 4:00 pm…


Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to the safety and well-being of your

community? Are you passionate about helping others in times of crisis?

The Hamilton Police Service (HPS) is currently looking to fill Part-time Communications Operator positions in our 911 Call Center, which is located at our Central Police Station in downtown Hamilton, starting October 9th and November 19th.

We are looking for high calibre applicants who can meet the demands of our community, our officers,

and fellow Communications Operators. Successful applicants will be working in a high stress, interactive team setting, performing the dual roles of Call Taker and Dispatcher.

Call Takers:

· Respond to and assess emergency and non-emergency calls for police, fire, and ambulance from

individuals experiencing varying degrees of trauma.

· Fire and Ambulance calls are transferred; for Police, pertinent information is gathered quickly,

and accurately documented in our computer aided dispatch (CAD) system.

· Split second decisions are made based on extensive knowledge of policy.


· Are responsible for numerous Officers, as they direct a police response to calls for service.

· Communicate information with precision in a calm, clear, and strong voice.

· Continuously monitor police locations, anticipate resources required, and take prompt action, in

accordance with policy.

· Utilize multiple computerized systems, computer screens, and voice radio systems.

The qualities that contribute to a successful Communications Operator are:

· Calm and even tempered disposition

· Pleasant yet authoritative manner

· Decisiveness

· Willingness to take initiative

· Ability to take direction/correction

· Ability to work effectively under pressure

· Excellent multi-tasking, organizational, and computer skills

· Good knowledge/familiarity with the City of Hamilton and vicinity, including major landmarks,

streets, and highways

· Ability to maintain emotional detachment and to be satisfied with not always knowing the

immediate result or conclusions of a call received or dispatched

Success in this position requires well developed stress management, judgment, and teamwork skills. You

must be able to deal effectively with people in stressful (sometimes life threatening) situations in a fastpaced emergency response environment with constant interruptions and background noise. The ability to interact with Officers on the radio, Call Takers in the room, and people on the phone simultaneously is

necessary to ensure public and Officer safety. High efficiency, flexibility to respond to changing priorities,

and a commitment to continuous learning are essential.

Minimum Requirements:

· Legally entitled to work in Canada

· At least 18 years of age

· Grade 12 education, or the equivalent

· Clear English communication and comprehension skills

· Working knowledge of computers

· Able to type at least 35 words per minute

· At least one year of related experience in a customer service environment

Although not essential, it is helpful to have previous experi in a call taking or fast paced service

environment, or similar related experience, including:

· Working with behaviourally difficult and demanding members of the public

· Utilizing highly effective verbal, written, listening, and interpersonal communication skills

· Dealing with people in distress

· Solving problems

· Making fast effective decisions

· Providing high quality customer service while utilizing auditory and visual information, multiple

computer software/hardware tools, and standard policies and procedures in a calm and

professional manner.Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in emergency response, distress situations,

and/or high-stress call centre and shift environments.

You must be flexible in terms of hours of work and provide on call support as needed.

Communications Operators typically work 12 hour rotating shifts, days or nights, weekends and special

holidays. The initial training period (minimum 19 weeks, with opportunity for extension) will entail

fulltime work, working either regular business days (0800 to 1600 hours) or rotating shifts, starting at

0700, 1600, or 1900 hours. Once you have completed the initial training period, you will be scheduled to work anywhere from 0 – 48 hours per week. This job is not suitable for students or someone working fulltime hours elsewhere, and we do not schedule shifts around other employment/commitments.

During the training period, you must be willing and able to commit to reading and studying several

hundred pages of manuals, taking notes, completing homework assignments, and completing and

passing practical and written examinations.The position pays $31.87 per hour, plus 14% in lieu of benefits, and 4% vacation pay, to start, but as

you can see, we have high expectations. If you think you have what it takes "To be the best" and are

interested in this opportunity, please send us a cover letter and resume indicating why you are interested in this role, and provide clear evidence as to why we should consider you for one of these demanding yet highly sought after positions (e.g. previous experience in a similar role). Applications can be submitted via Workopolis or via careers.

In order to be considered for these positions, you must also complete and submit a questionnaire via

Workopolis or by downloading and emailing a copy of the questionnaire located on our website at

http://www.hamiltonpolice.on.ca/HPS/Careers/Civilian/RecruitCivilianMainPage.htm along with your

application. Applications without a completed questionnaire will not be considered, nor will late

applications. If you are emailing us your application, please submit your cover letter, resume, and

completed questionnaire all in one document, in either Word or PDF format.The deadline to submit an application is Friday, August 10th, 2012, at 4:00 pm, but we will be

reviewing applications on a daily basis. Previous applicants from the last 12 months need not re-apply (if we are interested in your application, we will send you a questionnaire to complete). Those previously tested for a Part-time Communicator position in the last 12 months also need not re-apply.

It can take some time to move a group of candidates through the selection process all at the same time, so your patience and flexibility throughout the recruitment process is appreciated. We thank all

applicants, however, only those candidates selected for testing and/or an interview will be contacted.

No phone calls or emails please. We are unable to respond to all applicants.

Please note that the Hamilton Police Service is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and

reflecting the diverse community that we serve.

Sandra Wilson
Community Relations Co-ordinator
Hamilton Police Service
Fax: 905-546-4720

Public Mobile is seeking an Employee August 1, 2012

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Public Mobile is seeking an Employee

We are looking for an employee 4-5 days per week, please is detailed description. If you can forward this opening to the community i would greatly appreciate it. Intrested applicant please forward your resume to tsalha or call Tareq at 289-933-0880


For many of us mobile service has been too expensive and too complicated for too long. The big phone companies just don’t offer the basic, essential communication service many of us need. We all need to talk, but not all of us want expensive extra services and hi-tech gadgetry.

Many of us would rather have straightforward rate plans that don’t require a law degree to understand. Many of us would rather have a simple phone that can be used for talking or texting and don’t really need a phone to watch movies or tell us which wine goes best with roast duck. So for all the smart people who have been waiting for the simple answer to their mobile phone needs, say “Hello” to Public Mobile.

Public Mobile offers unlimited talk and text at the same low price for everybody. No contracts, no credit checks, no surprises, just great conversations, at the lowest price we can offer. At Public Mobile we don’t think you should have to spend a lot, to get a lot.

Our service is unlimited because we want people to be able to talk and text as much as they want, whenever they want, to the people who matter to them most. Unlimited, affordable mobile phone service to ensure that no valuable moment or thought goes unshared for anyone.


Public Mobile is looking to hire Wireless Sales Consultants to be based at our retail store at Hamilton


– Maintain a high level of product and service knowledge through on-site Public Mobile training, in-store training with store manager and Public Mobile coaches, and on-line training.

– Determine customer needs and recommend the best wireless solution (voice and/or data) to current and potential clients.

– Ensure accuracy in all transactions, inventory, and procedures.

– Maintain an exceptional level of customer service.

– Perform follow-up calls with clients as required to ensure customer loyalty.

– Ensure customer concerns are resolved with urgency and good judgment.

– Participate in merchandising and promotional activities.

– Participate in all manners of store maintenance.

– Perform other in-store administrative duties as required.

– Work in partnership with managers and other employees to maximize store sales and in-store appearance.

– Maintain a professional appearance, demeanor, and attitude at all times.


– Experience – Minimum 6 months of progressive retail experience.

– Education – High school diploma.

– Customer service – Can you provide exceptional customer service where the customer asks for you by name?

– Amazing Attitude – Can you empower customers while sharing your knowledge about our products and services?

– Positive people person – Are you able to bring positive energy when interacting with customers and your teammates?

– Personal Ownership – Can you be entrepreneurial when providing a one stop shop experience to our customers?

– Accuracy – Can you meet store standards while focusing on the sales life-cycle in a conversational manner?

– Continuous Change – Do you thrive in ever changing environment while offering creative solutions?

– Social Media Interest – Are you intrigued by Texting, Tweeting, Facebook, and the latest gadgets?

– Quick Learner – Can you learn about wireless technology and give great customer service in a fast paced environment?

We thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Why is the world ignoring Myanmar’s Rohingya? – Inside Story – Al Jazeera English July 23, 2012

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Ramadan begins…. July 21, 2012

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Ramadan begins, local Muslims celebrate in new mosque

Ramadan has come full circle for Dr. Raza Khan.

When Khan was 15, he celebrated the Islamic holy month at the community’s then-new mosque on Upper Gage Avenue. The family physician still remembers the building was in “disrepair” and the grass was waist-high.

“It was July back then. And now I’m 45,” Khan said Friday, the first day of the month of fasting.

“Basically, it came full circle because now we have our new mosque and we’ve come so far … There’s still that sense of community, closeness.”

This is the first Ramadan local Muslims will celebrate at the Mountain Mosque’s new facility on Stone Church Road East – a project that was decades in the making.

There were about 3,000 people packed into the main prayer hall Thursday night and they expect each night to be just as full, Muslim Association of Hamilton (MAH) spokesperson Kamran Bhatti said.

“It’s a time where Muslims will tend to reconnect with the mosque, reconnect with the Koran, and to reconnect with each other,” he said. “Because of this centre being built from the ground up by the Muslim community … it’s that much more special.”

The Mountain Mosque is also hosting prayers for Eid-ul-Fitr, the festival of breaking the fast at the end of the Muslim holy month, on Aug. 19

The Hamilton Downtown Mosque is opening up its daily iftar (evening breaking of fast) program to the public, and will have nightly prayers that are expected to bring out up to 300 people, the mosque’s imam Sayed Tora said.

To celebrate Eid, the mosque on Wilson Street is handing out gifts for children in the community, Tora said.

Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset every year during the sacred month. Each year, Ramadan starts 11 days earlier, based on the lunar calendar.

There are about 30,000 Muslims in Hamilton, Bhatti said, adding they will fast for about 17 hours each day this year.

“Whether you’re a king or a whether you’re a janitor, you have to do this; every Muslim must do this,” said Khan, who is on the Mountain Mosque’s board of directors.

“It’s good to know what hunger feels like – what thirst feels like.”

The Mountain Mosque, the Umar Mosque on Rennie Street, the North American Spiritual Revival and the Bosnian Islamic Centre in Stoney Creek have organized a Ramadan food drive with donations going to Neighbour2Neighbour.

The Downtown Mosque is also collecting non-perishable food items and household goods during the month to distribute to needy families in the downtown area.

“(Ramadan) brings the community closer,” Tora said. “It gives a sense of sharing and feeling for the less fortunate – whether they are here in our local community or overseas.”

For prayer times during Ramadan, visit http://www.hamzamkhan.com/moonphases.php.


905-526-2468 | @WongatTheSpec


Today: Hamilton Downtown Mosque at OPEN STREETS HAMILTON! June 24, 2012

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Come out & Enjoy your day at
All across James St. North (King St. to Guise St.)
Sunday June 24, 2012
10am – 5.p.m.
Don’t forget to Visit
Hamilton Downtown Mosque’s booth
on James St. (between Barton & Strachan)
Attached for details


Sunday Classes at HDM for New Muslims June 16, 2012

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WHEN: EVERY SUNDAY @ 6:00pm to 7:30pm

(Starting Sunday June 17th)

WHO: NEW MUSLIM Brothers & Sisters

Instructor: Brother Yasin Dwyer

For more info: hamiltonreverts



Closing Ceremony for Children Quran & Arabic Classes on Monday June 18 June 12, 2012

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Hamilton Downtown Mosque’s
Children Quran & Arabic Classes 2011/2012
Final Ceremony

Will take place on
Monday June 18, 2012
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
AT Downtown Mosque (96 Wilson St.)

Program will include:
– Honoring Teachers & Volunteers
– Honoring Outstanding students of all the 16 classes.
– Distribution of gifts & Certificates
– OUTDOOR BBQ for Students & Teachers.

IFH cuts – HAMILTON day of action – June 18th 2012 – please circulate widely June 12, 2012

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> On June 30th, 2012
> Refugees will face drastic cuts to their health insurance
> Children will no longer be able to get their asthma medications
> Diabetics will no longer be able to take their insulin
> Many refugees will no longer have access to health care
> Join your colleagues in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and other cities
> at a
> National Day of Action

for Refugee Health Care

June. 18th, at 1pm

Hamilton location: The CIC building at 55 Bay Street North (at York St)

For more details see: www.doctorsforrefugeecare.ca/

Risking the lives of Canada’s most vulnerable is unacceptable to us.

Join the following in opposing these cuts:

College of Family Physicians of Canada

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Canadian Association of Optometrists,

Canadian Association of Social Workers,

Canadian Dental Association,

Canadian Medical Association,

Canadian Nurses Association,

Canadian Pharmacists Association

Canadian Association of Community Health Centres

Sign the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-cuts-to-healthcare-for-refugees-in-canada

Join us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/RefugeeHealthCare?ref=tn_tnmn

Although the perspective of front-line health care workers will be highlighted in this action,

all are welcome to come and show their opposition to the cuts.

All health care workers should wear a lab coat or greens.

Please see the attached letter for more details.

Hamilton Day of action letter-Final-May25.docx

Pls support MP under fire for supporting IAW / Appuyez la députée du NPD attaquée en raison de son soutien à la SAI June 6, 2012

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Ask the NDP to support MP Megan Leslie for her stand /

Montrez au NPD que vous soutenez la députée Megan Leslie

Follow CJPME / Suivez CJPMO

Pro-Israel organization B’nai Brith is now targeting NDP MP Megan Leslie in its effort to undermine NDP’s support for human rights in Israel/Palestine. / L’organisation pro-israélienne B’nai Brith cible actuellement la députée néo-démocrate Megan Leslie, afin d’affaiblir le soutien du NPD à la défense des droits de la personne en Israël et en Palestine.

Please see:

– B’nai Brith Press Release criticizing MP Megan Leslie

– Megan Leslie’s mention of Israeli Apartheid Week

– NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s response to B’nai Brith

7th Annual Community Garage Sale & Food Bazaar May 27, 2012

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Hamilton Downtown Mosque’s
7th Annual
Sunday May 27th, 2012
9:30AM – 5:30PM

EAST Parking Lot (96 Wilson St.)

Donations Accepted on
Friday May 25, 2:15pm-8:45pm
sisters’ Entrance

Donated Items should be clean and in good condition

Any questions?
please contact: (905)920-8754
Email: contact

Shaykh Hamza and Imam Zaid in Dearborn May 26, 2012

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Building the Future of Zaytuna College, Brick by Brick

A Benefit Dinner for Zaytuna with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf & Imam Zaid Shakir
June 2 at 6:00pm | Dearborn, Michigan

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012

Time: Registration and Reception: 6:00pm | Program starts: 7pm sharp

$50 per person | $450 for a table of 10


Grand Ballroom

Hyatt Regency, Dearborn

600 Town Center Drive

Dearborn, MI 48126

Parking will be available, free of charge

Available for ages 12 and under ($10 per child) | For information, call 510.356.4753


Sadia Shakir (For additional information) : (734) 637.9238 | sadia.shakir
Zaytuna College: (510) 356.4753 | give

Want to know more about Zaytuna College before attending the dinner? Here’s some information to help:

Building Zaytuna College, Brick by Brick

Youth Baseball Game May 13, 2012

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Subject: Baseball Game June 2nd: Boys Needed Ages 12-15

Please contact officer Ryan Diodati directly through e-mail or by phone at 905-546-2047. He along with other police personnel are organizing a baseball game for youths(boys), on June 2nd and we need your help in getting the young people to attend and participate.

Please Distribute Widely

Any questions in this regard, please contact Ryan directly.

Have a great day,

Sandra Wilson
Community Relations Co-ordinator
Hamilton Police Service
Fax: 905-546-4720

Free Ice Cream Social Saturday for Youth May 7, 2012

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NASR is co-hosting a youth social next Saturday at the Hamilton Mosque after dhuhr prayers (1:30pm).

Please let any of the youth that you know who may be availalbe know about this event.

it is free. there will be ice cream. not much more you can ask for in life.

it will give the youth an opportunity to meet with one another, with the long term goal of establishing a Muslim youth network in Hamilton.

for more info, please contact Sabeeha Quader (she is cc’ed to this email).

take care, hussein

Marineland Trip May 7, 2012

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Salamu Alaikum my dear respected brothers and sisters

The Islamic School of Hamilton and Alnoor School is planning a trip to Marineland on Victoria Day Monday May 21. Students and their families, relatives, and friends can join. Event is open to all our community. Children can save over 60%. Plz kindly circulate this email to your email list.

Thank you

Yousef Kfaween
Abu Anas

Marinland flyer (3).pdf

Janazah for Dr. Yaser Haddara’s Mother April 20, 2012

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Assalamu Alaikum,

Verily, unto God do we belong and, verily, unto Him we shall return,

It is with sorrow and a heavy heart that I convey to all of you, our dear community members, the passing away of our beloved Umm Yaser Fayza Haddara (Rahmatuallahi 3layha).

The wife of Dr. Mahmoud Haddara and mother of Dr. Wael Haddara – two close friends, teachers and leaders of the London Muslim Community – she will be missed by us all.

Salat al-Janazah will be held at the London Muslim Mosque (151 Oxford Street – http://g.co/maps/mx7en) after second Juma Prayer.

Juma Starts: 1:30 pm

Junaza Prayer: Approx. 2:30 pm

The burial will be held afterwards at the Muslim Cemetery (6100 White Oaks Rd – http://g.co/maps/t2t2y).

In addition to attending the Janazah and passing this along to your friends and family, I ask that each and every one of you to please make time to make duah for Umm Yaser and the Haddara family.

For as many of you know from my own personal ordeal, I can testify what you already know: there is nothing more powerful or valuable as sincere duah from believing men and women.

Fi Imanillah,

– Belal

Over 50% sold out! Get Your CAIR-CAN Gala tickets now! April 19, 2012

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April 18, 2012
CAIR-CAN Community Advisory
Over 50% sold out! Get Your CAIR-CAN Gala tickets now!


With just a little over 3 weeks to go, time is ticking down until CAIR-CAN’s upcoming Gala dinner in Toronto on Saturday, May 12, 2012. This year’s Gala will be held at the Toronto Park Hyatt near to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and tickets are going fast with over 50% already sold!

Avoid disappointment – order your ticket(s) or table today!


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In the past CAIR-CAN has hosted various luminaries as its Gala dinner keynote speakers including the former Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, Maher Arar and Monia Mazigh, journalist and author Naomi Klein, and documentary filmmaker Alexandre Trudeau.

This year is no different and we are honoured to be able to host a very special speaker: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. While you may know Imam Feisal through his connection to the so-called ‘Ground-zero-mosque’ in New York his list of accomplishments and accolades extend far higher and beyond his involvement in this noteworthy project.

Imam Feisal is Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, an independent, multi-national project that works to "Re-connect the MuslimWorldand the West." In 1997, he founded the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), the first Muslim organization committed to bringing American Muslims and non-Muslims together through programs in academia, policy, current affairs, and culture.

For the past 25 years, Imam Feisal has been Imam of Masjid al-Farah, a New York City mosque. He has won awards from The Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution and the Interfaith Center in New York.

Frequently asked to comment on issues pertaining to Islam and the Muslim world, he appeared regularly at the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum (Davos), and in national and international media such as CNN, BBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, Frontline and Foreign Policy.

Our dinner will also afford you the opportunity to purchase and have signed Imam Feisal’s new book Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in Americaslated to be published on May 8, 2012.

In closing we cordially invite you to spend an enjoyable evening listening to a high caliber speaker accompanied by fine dining and with time to mix and mingle with friends, co-workers and your peers with our iron-clad guarantee that there will be no ‘fundraising segment’ to the event. We look forward to seeing you.

Buy your ticket(s) or table now!

Should you not be able to attend you can still support the event by purchasing a ticket(s) and designating these as ‘sponsored’. Sponsored tickets will be made available to students, volunteers, and others.

For more information or special accommodations please email: gta

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Job posting for ux designer. April 15, 2012

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There is a job posting for the position listed and the company is looking to hire asap. Please circulate widely. Please contact me if anyone is interested.

I appreciate your help.

JazakAllah khairun.


Anisa S Mirza.

Top Hat Monocle provides software tools to make teaching more interactive and engaging.

If you’ve ever been to university then you’ve experienced first hand the problem that we’re trying to solve. Most lectures consist of 50 minutes of listening to someone read the texbook to you. What our software does is give teachers the tools to use the technology that’s already in their classrooms (cell phones, smart phones, laptops etc.) to make the classroom experience great.

You will be working on the look and feel of our flagship classroom interaction software in order to make it a better experience for our users.

Your work will touch hundreds of thousands of students and help substantially improve their learning experience.

Participate in product design discussions
Put together UI wireframes
Designs UI using Photoshop and other tools
Integrate designs into product by with CSS and HTML
Ensure a consistent look and feel across the product and features
Work with the dev team to ensure execution is faithful to the intended user experience
Own the user experience of the product

About you:
3+ year designing experiences across multiple platforms
A portfolio with recent projects (ideally self-started)
Expert with Photoshop and Illustrator
Functional understanding of technology
Ability to code CSS and HTML
Some client side JavaScript is a plus

About us:
We are a shiny new startup in the education space. We provide a tool that teachers use to make class more engaging for students, using things like live polls, interactive demonstrations and discussion tools. Students can participate in class using pretty much any device they happen to have, like their cell phones, smart phones or laptops.

We’re growing fast, we have a real business model and we’re profitable. We’re looking for brilliant designers to join our (already brilliant) team. We’re still fairly small and so we’re able to offer meaningful amounts of equity to people that come aboard..

JANAZAH PRAYER April 15, 2012

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” To Allah we belong, and unto Him is our return”
Brother Na’eem (Abo Mahmaood) has passed away
He was the Husband of sister Rehab (Teacher at Quran Classes at the Mountain Mosque)
His Janazah(Funeral prayer) will be held on
MONDAY APRIL 16 @ 1:30 p.m.
Hamilton Mountain Mosque (1545 Stone Church Rd. E.)

On behalf of your brothers and sisters in the Hamilton Downtown Mosque area, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to SISTER REHAB and her entire family. We ask Allah (SWT) to shower the deceased with mercy and forgiveness, protect him from hellfire, and grant him a place in Paradise. May Allah grant sister Rehab and her family members patience and perseverance in this difficult time.


Cordoba House Manager Position April 11, 2012

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Cordoba House Manager Position


Event Planning

* Locate possible venues and local hosts for community dialogues, fundraisers, workshops, etc.

* Handle all logistics related to selecting dates, liaising with local hosts, confirming locations, all necessary equipment, event publicity and travel arrangements for speakers and guests

* Coordinate outreach activities for events and projects

* Utilize the energy and expertise of volunteers to ensure objectives are met


* Responsible for local chapter finances

* Liaise with head office in Ottawa to ensure all accounts are in order

* Conduct monthly financial reports

* Conduct yearly budgets for the local chapter

* Handle all bills and invoices for the local chapter and distribute cheques accordingly

Other duties

* Responsible for opening and locking up the house on a daily basis

* Recruiting and training volunteers for the community library

* Continuously involved in promoting Cordoba House within the Hamilton community

* Other administrative duties as assigned

* Maintain all social networks associated with Cordoba House and update website regularly

* Research and apply for project grants


* Degree in social sciences, humanities, public relations or event planning

* Minimum one year experience in a leadership role

* Proven experience in planning and implementing events

* Experience working through an anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens

* Excellent event planning skills and ability to anticipate logistical requirements for multi-faceted events including assessing the accessibility and appropriateness of a venue

* Exceptional writing skills and oral communication skills, including over the phone and email

* Excellent outreach skills; skilled at relationship building and liaising with community members

* Adept at Microsoft Word, Office and Powerpoint

* Familiar with social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and WordPress operating systems

* Experience in grant writing would be an asset

* Ability to work independently in a dynamic environment and organize time and workload

* Excellent interpersonal, administrative and problem-solving skills

* Demonstrated ability to work well with individuals from diverse backgrounds

Application Deadline: April 10, 2012

If interested email cover letter and resume to Sajida Zalgaonker at sajidaz

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March 31, 2012
CAIR-CAN Media Watch
Feature Article


Halal Meat is More Humane Than Factory Meat

By Ziyaad Mia, Vancouver Sun, March 28, 2012

As the Parti Quebecois conflates imagined Islamist plots with feigned concerns for animal welfare, I wonder if Chicken Little is on the separatist payroll. The latest act in Quebec’s Chronicles of Xenophobia takes us to the slaughterhouse, where the PQ claims all chickens are slaughtered under Islamic halal practice. The risk is twofold: (i) non-Muslim Quebecers will unwittingly eat halal meat; and (ii) halal slaughter practices are inhumane.

In response to the new-found problem, the PQ proposes a solution: clear labelling to protect the people of La Belle Province from halal meat. Interestingly, the solution only addresses the issue of unintentional consumption of halal meat, while being reticent on animal welfare. Moreover, because both the regulation of animal slaughter and food labelling are federal responsibilities, the solution is disingenuous.

Quebec politicians seem to be rip-ping pages from France’s playbook lately; first toying with hijab bans and now exposing the lurking threat of halal meat. They justify their actions by claiming that precious values are at stake. It is ironic that a province perennially clamouring for special treatment in our federal and constitutional family is quick to deny the distinctness of its own diverse communities. This is dangerous politics bereft of originality. Sadly, it is emblematic of a bankrupt social discourse that appears to be growing in Quebec.

With Canada facing significant challenges requiring positive solutions, the politicians of Quebec prefer the low road. While scapegoating Muslims is de rigueur among right-wingers, it seems that the left-leaning PQ is blazing a new trail by marching lockstep with the likes of Marine Le Pen, Nicolas Sarkozy, the Tea Party and Harper’s Conservatives.

Notwithstanding the PQ’s shameless exploitation of xenophobia, this controversy raises a genuine issue about the treatment of animals used for food, a matter that has largely been ignored in Canadian public discourse. In fact, it ought to be a serious ethical and moral concern for Muslim Canadians, in particular, because Islam requires significantly more than perfunctory ritualized killing of animals used for food. Islam mandates com-passionate treatment of all animals at all times, which precludes practices that are common in Canada’s factory farms and slaughterhouses. Hence, it poses the question whether much of the meat produced in Canada, including some "halal" meat, is consistent with the substance of Islam’s moral and ethical imperatives with respect to animals.

In North America billions of animals are raised annually in massive industrial operations, where they simply become living widgets. As a society we condone such cruelty because of our insatiable appetite for 99-cent break-fast sandwiches and burgers.

Consider chickens for example. In Canada we continue to allow the use of battery cages to raise birds for their eggs. Caged chickens are debeaked early in life; a practice that is intended to prevent pecking of other birds or self-harm such as plucking their own feathers. They do these things because they are extremely stressed, living in a cramped unnatural environment. It is fair to describe many battery chickens as literally going mad because they spend their entire lives confined to a tiny cage.

Canadians have cognitive dissonance when it comes to the creatures we eat. Eggs, meat and dairy products are pack-aged and marketed to remove any connection to the animals those products came from. As a result, we do not think about the plight of tens of millions of animals in an industrialized system designed to churn out cheap food.

Canada has inadequate laws for the protection of animals used in food production. Most, if not all, rules consider chickens and cows, like all animals, including our beloved cats and dogs, to be mere property. In absence of good legal standards that are robustly enforced we end up with a race to the bottom; volume and profit are the key drivers and animals are expendable production machines. While it may create short-term economic efficiencies, such a system puts us on morally unstable ground.

According to Mohandas Gandhi, "[t] he greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." How do we measure up against that standard? If we want to be good citizens of a just nation, we cannot ignore the pain, stress and brutality suffered by animals to satisfy our desires. Contrary to the PQ’s aspersions, Islam goes much further than existing Canadian law by mandating compassion, rejecting the property model and requiring humans to give serious consideration to the interests of animals. That is why, on the issue of animal welfare, Muslim Canadians can lead by example.

Ziyaad Mia is a Toronto lawyer active in human rights, national security and animal welfare issues. He is a former board member of the Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association.

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Lost, indeed, are they who, in their weak-minded ignorance, slay their children and declare as forbidden that which God has provided for them as sustenance, falsely ascribing [such prohibitions] to God: they have gone astray and have not found the right path.

– Surah Al An’am, 6:140
[6th Chapter: The Cattle, Verse 140]


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