As Islamic History Month comes to a close, I have been reflecting a lot on the current state of the world and the mass death, pain and suffering we are witnessing on a global scale, especially in the Middle East. Throughout history, colonialism, nationalism, patriotism, ethno-centrism, racism, classism, war, territorial disputes, politics and belief/value systems have been the cause for different groups of people to become polarized.
Islamophobia is a critical issue in Canadian society. This is highlighted by the 2021 targeted hate murder of the Afzaal family in London, Ontario, other similar hate-motivated attacks across Canada, and the Government of Canada’s National Summit on Islamophobia to express the urgency needed to combat this crisis. Muslims experience Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment throughout society, but also in the workplace.
Thamina is a Senior EDI Consultant.