Toronto’s Largest Muslim School Tournament

OnIslam – March 8, 2012

The Annual Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST Toronto) is set to open on Saturday, March 10 on the York University campus for an annual Muslim interscholastic tournament. Launched in 2001 by a freshman at the University of Houston, MIST is a fun, educational, interactive program of competitions and workshops. It aims at bringing high school students together from around the country to develop leadership, communication, and other creative skills, all while gaining a deeper understanding of Islam and Muslims.

MIST Toronto was the first MIST region to be established outside of the United States back in 2008. In just four years, MIST Toronto not only became the largest MIST region, but also it became the biggest Muslim high school event in North America.

Five years since the Ontario Sharia Debate

The Toronto Star – September 11, 2010
Harvey Simmons, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Political Science at York University, has written this short piece reflecting on the Sharia debate which transpired five years ago in the province of Ontario. He claims that it is still not clear why Premier McGuinty dumped religious arbitration. Some felt the premier foresaw his whole legislative agenda being derailed by endless fighting over religious arbitration. Others felt he agreed with the anti-tribunal forces over the putative threat to women’s rights.
Once taken, the decision was greeted by anti-tribunal groups as an example of how multicultural societies draw lines around the illiberal activities and beliefs of minority communities and say, “this far and no farther.” The pro-tribunal groups, however, saw it as proof of Islamophobia and as a violation of religious freedom. He concludes that five years on, there is simply no way to pass judgment on the premier’s fateful decision.

York University President Mamdouh Shoukri Comments on Upcoming Middle East Forum

A controversial conference set for next week at York University in Toronto, Canada on options for statehood for Israeli and Palestine has provoked a backlash from several Jewish groups who see it as an attack on the Jewish state, masquerading as academic debate. Their campaign to cancel the event has outraged some faculty associations, who see it as a challenge to their freedom.

In this article, Egyptian-born Muslim university President Mamdouh Shoukri comments on the strike at the university last year, and on rising tensions between Muslim and Jewish student organizations on the campus. Shoukri is the first and only Muslim Canadian university president. York University is Canada´s third-largest university.

Americans on Hold

New York University (NYU) School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) today released a new report on causes and impacts of the US Naturalization process. According to the report, the US government is illegally delaying the naturalization applications of thousands of immigrants by profiling individuals it perceives to be Muslim and subjecting them to indefinite security checks.