Muslim Council of Montreal dismayed over firing of all non-Christian chaplains in federal prisons

October 10, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, October 10th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) expressed its disappointment over the recent decision by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to cancel the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons.

 

“This move by the Harper government is clear discrimination against all the inmates of other faiths, such as Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “It is unreasonable to expect a Christian chaplain to be able to offer religious counsel and spiritual guidance to those of other faiths.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal to hold Montreal wide Mosque Open Doors

October 3, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, October 3rd, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) extends an open invitation to the Montreal community to partake in its city wide Mosque Open Doors event, taking place at number of mosques in the Montreal area on Sunday October 7th, 2012.


“The Open Doors event is a unique opportunity for members of different religious and cultural groups in Montreal to come together,” said Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Together we can build bridges of social cohesion in our communities, embracing and promoting feelings of respect, understanding, peace and goodwill.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal hopes for justice in the case of Canadian Omar Khadr

September 29, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, September 29th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) welcomed the return of Canadian Omar Khadr back to Canada, after a decade in Guantanamo Bay and a year after he was eligible for repatriation.

 

“As Omar Khadr’s case moves out of Guantanamo and into the Canadian system, we hope that at last justice will be served in this case,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “It is about time that Canada brought Omar Khadr home from Guantanamo, as it is a disgrace that we were the only Western nation left to have a citizen in a detention facility that imprisons children and operates outside the rule of law.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal condemns anti-Islamic film and violent reaction and encourages all Canadian Muslims to show restraint

September 14, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, September 14th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) condemned the recent violence following protests in the Middle East over the release of an online film that negatively depicts Islam and Muslims and extends its condolences to the families of the deceased.

 

“The filmmaker desires to create hatred and division and to react with violence is to fall into their trap,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Such violence will only lead to more violence and will not advance the religious, political or social interests of any group. Although we are disgusted by the message of the film, our response must be balanced and such acts of violence are in no way justified. To take the life of an innocent person is like taking the life of all of humanity and these senseless acts go against the very teachings and values of our Prophet.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal congratulates Quebec's first female PM and calls on her to respect the Rights and Freedoms of all Quebecers

September 4, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, September 4th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) extends its congratulations to the winners of this week’s provincial election, as well to all members and  leaders of the other parties participating in the election, appreciating their efforts and determination.

The election campaign brought to light many serious issues on the minds of all the people of Quebec, we hope all elected officials will come together to work hard to serve the interests and betterment of our people and our province,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Now is the time to buckle down and put an end to the divisive and imaginary issues and focus on the real issues and problems of importance to our province. We hope the government will act immediately to root out corruption, improve the economy, education and health system, while respecting the equality of all Quebecers and not infringing on the rights of any.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal congratulates Quebec’s first female PM and invites her to respect the Rights and Freedoms of all Quebecers

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Montreal, Quebec, September 4th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) extends its congratulations to the winners of this week’s provincial election, as well to all members and  leaders of the other parties participating in the election, appreciating their efforts and determination.

The election campaign brought to light many serious issues on the minds of all the people of Quebec, we hope all elected officials will come together to work hard to serve the interests and betterment of our people and our province,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Now is the time to buckle down and put an end to the divisive and imaginary issues and focus on the real issues and problems of importance to our province. We hope the government will act immediately to root out corruption, improve the economy, education and health system, while respecting the equality of all Quebecers and not infringing on the rights of any.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal warns against PQ’s hate mongering

August 15, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, August 15th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) expressed its concern today over the recent comments by Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois, announcing her intention to ban the hijab, kirpan and kippah from the work place for public servants, should her party win the upcoming provincial election.

 

“Such a move would absolutely violate both the Quebec and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and it is preposterous for her to even suggest such a thing,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM “Instead of focusing on the real issues that Quebecers are concerned about, such as our economic problems, health care, education and corruption, the PQ is fixated on spreading xenophobic ideas in a desperate attempt to regain power through spreading hate and Islamaphobia, curbing rights, manufacturing crisis and dividing our society.” Continue reading

Muslim Council of Montreal welcomes FIFA’s reversal of hijab ban for soccer players

July 8, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, July 8th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) applauded the recent announcement from FIFA to overturn its ban on hijab for Muslim female soccer players.

 

“We welcome this decision, which both protects the individual rights and freedoms of the players and also ensures safety and comfort during athletic play and sport,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “While some would seek to pass laws that are discriminatory and violate our basic freedoms of religion and expression, FIFA has demonstrated that the ban was not about passing judgement on the religious dress code of its players, but rather about safeguarding its players’ well-being. We applaud them for taking the necessary steps to fully investigate the matter and come to a reasonable solution.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal extends congratulations to Egypt

June 30, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, June 30th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) extends its congratulations to Mohammed Morsi and the people of Egypt, as Morsi took the oath of office on Saturday, becoming Egypt’s first freely elected president.

“The journey will be long and difficult, but we are hopeful that this represents the dawn of a new era for Egypt, with the promise of a better future for all Egyptians,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “The Egyptians have long suffered under the oppressive rule of Hosni Mubarak and have fought hard for a nation governed on the foundations of freedom, democracy, justice, peace and stability. It is time to extend our hands to Mr. Morsi, as he takes office and embarks on this daunting task, to send our good wishes and prayers for his success and also to assist him and help make this dream for a better Egypt possible.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal calls for renewed efforts and action to eliminate racism, in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 20, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, March 20th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) calls on all Canadians to renew their commitment to fighting racial discrimination, in honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21st.

“Although the most overt manifestations of racist laws and practices, such as slavery, the apartheid system in South Africa and discriminatory immigration laws, have long been dismantled and abolished, racism still remains a very serious and real problem in Quebec, Canada and all around the world,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Hate, discrimination, xenophobia and racial profiling continue to plague our societies and only by standing together against such unacceptable behaviour and speaking in one voice against it can we begin to work towards eliminating it.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal slams PQ and sensationalist reporting from Journal de Montreal over recent halal meat controversy

March 15, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, March 15th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) strongly condemned this morning the recent inflammatory culture war being instigated by the Parti Québécois and the Journal de Montreal regarding the issue of halal meat in Quebec.

"Once again we have the PQ and Journal de Montreal seeking to create a mass hysteria and frenzy by deliberating twisting and misrepresenting the facts in this issue,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “While they would claim that halal meat slaughter contravenes ‘Quebec values’, the facts demonstrate that halal meat is slaughtered in accordance to food and safety quality control standards that are mandated by the federal government and this slaughter is regulated by both provincial and federal food-inspection standards."
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Muslim Council of Montreal calls for day of awareness and prayer for Syria

February 22, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, February 22nd, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) calls on all mosque and community leaders to dedicate the upcoming Friday sermon to help raise awareness about the crisis in Syria and pray for peace.

“The situation in Syria is worsening and escalating day by day and the death toll continues to rise,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “The Syrian people are asking for peace, justice and freedom and for this they are being persecuted by their government. We ask all mosques to dedicate the Friday sermon this week to help raise awareness about the situation in Syria, and to encourage the people to increase their prayers on behalf of all the Syrian people.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal dismayed by incident of racial profiling

February 3, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, February 3rd, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) expressed its concern over the racial profiling of members of the Montreal Muslim community.

Mr. Saad Allami was arrested, detained and accused of being a terrorist in January 2011, after giving a pep talk to his fellow employees at a telecommunications firm encouraging them to “blow away” the competition at a convention they were attending.

“Mr. Allami’s statements, when considered in the context of which they were given, were nothing to draw such alarm or suspicion,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “It is clear that his arrest was the result of racial profiling and a knee-jerk reaction to label him as a terror suspect simply due to his religious background. Had these same comments been uttered by someone of a different background, the police would not have rushed to arrest and label him/her without any additional evidence or investigation.”

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Gatineau mosque attacked by vandals twice in same week

January 6, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, January 6th, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) expressed its alarm over the second attack of vandalism in one week at the Outaouais Islamic Centre in Gatineau, Quebec.

Graffiti containing anti-Islamic and anti-Arab messages were found on the walls of the mosque on Thursday. It is the third time in the last month and the fourth time in the last four months that the mosque has been a victim of vandalism. Earlier this week, vandals attempted to set fire to two cars in the mosque parking lot. Two windows of the mosque were also broken.

“The increasing number of attacks against Islamic institutions in Canada point towards the serious problem of Islamaphobia, racism and hate,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “There must be zero tolerance for such violent, hateful acts committed against any community and it must be made clear that such attacks go against the values of our charter and constitution. It is time for our government officials to also recognize the gravity of these attacks and to take concerted action to ensure that they do not happen again.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal alarmed over attack of vandalism at Gatineau mosque

January 3, 2012
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Montreal, Quebec, January 3rd, 2012- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) expressed its concern over an attack of vandalism at the Outaouais Islamic Centre in Gatineau this Monday.

The vandals attempted to set fire to two cars in the mosque parking lot, in addition to smashing the windows of the cars. Two windows of the mosque were also broken. It is the second time in the last month and the third time in the last four months that the mosque has been a victim of vandalism.

“Canada is a place of peace, tolerance, diversity and pluralism and such hateful actions go against all the values of our charter, constitution and country,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “It must be made clear that such violent acts of hate and racism that target religious institutions have no place in our country and will not be tolerated. We call on all Canadians to speak out against such attacks and work together to promote peace and social harmony.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal alarmed over attack of vandalism at Montreal mosque

December 22, 2011
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Montreal, Quebec, December 22nd, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) expressed its concern over a recent attack of vandalism at the Abou Hourira mosque in Verdun. Graffiti messages were found on the walls, doors and windows of the mosque.

Canada is a place of peace, tolerance, diversity and pluralism and such hateful actions go against all the values of our charter, constitution and country,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Attacks such as these ones that specifically target religious institutions are becoming alarmingly common in Quebec, highlighting the grave problem of Islamaphobia, anti-Semitism and all forms of racism and hate in general. We call on all Canadians to speak out against such attacks and work together to promote peace and social harmony.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal welcomes ruling allowing hijab to be worn by government correctional officers

December 21, 2011
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Montreal, Quebec, December 21st, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) applauded the recent settlement reached between the Quebec Public Security Department and the provincial human rights commission to allow its correctional officers to wear the hijab.

“We welcome this settlement, which both safeguards the rights and freedoms granted in the Canadian and Quebec charter and constitution and also ensures the well-being of government correctional officers,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “This is not a political issue, but rather a matter of human rights and as the decision from the commission demonstrates, the regulations concerning freedom of religion and freedom of conscious are very clear and distinct and must be upheld and respected. The Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms clearly prohibits religious discrimination in the work force and to fire someone because of their decision to wear the hijab was against the very values and freedoms of both Quebec and Canada.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal dismayed over singling out of Canadian Muslims for attack

December 19, 2011
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Montreal, Quebec, December 19th, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) expressed its concern over the increased targeting of the Canadian Muslim community, specifically in the media and by certain members of the National Assembly.

“Recently one of our local Imams, Mr. Foudil Selmoune, was seriously maligned in the media, after his comments in a news interview were severely distorted and taken wholly out of context,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “After first asking him to explain certain aspects of the penal code in Islamic jurisprudence, his response was unfairly twisted in le Telejournal Radio-Canada and Le Devoir, and he was attacked as being a ‘propagandist’ for Sharia law in Quebec, when in fact at no time did he ever suggest that the Sharia penal code should be imposed anywhere in Canada. It is not the first time we have seen such sensationalist reporting and yellow journalism targeting members of our community and it is completely unacceptable and unjustified.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal dismayed over banning of face veil in citizenship ceremonies

December 13, 2011
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Montreal, Quebec, December 13th, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) expressed its dismay over Monday’s announcement by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney banning Muslim women from wearing facial veils when taking their Canadian citizenship oath.

“It is outrageous to hear our federal ministers say that the wearing of a face veil by a woman who elects to do so out of her own free will in accordance to her religious obligations is against Canadian values,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Mr. Kenney forgets that the protection of religious freedoms and expression, as well as respect and tolerance for the religious beliefs and practices of others, are also Canadian values that we cherish in our multicultural country. So long as the women wearing the face veil identify themselves and do not pose any harm to anyone else, it is not Mr. Kenney’s place to deny them their rights and freedoms.”

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Muslim Council of Montreal disturbed by alleged hate crime at Hamilton mosque

December 7, 2011
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Montreal, Quebec, December 7th, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) is disturbed by the recent alleged hate crime that occurred Sunday at the Hamilton Downtown Mosque, in Hamilton, Ontario.

“Canada is a place of peace, tolerance, diversity and pluralism and such hateful actions go against all the values of our charter, constitution and country,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “It is especially hurtful for these attacks to come as Muslims around the world are celebrating the start of the new Islamic year. All places of worship must be safe spaces for peaceful worship and reflection, especially in light of the fact that they are often frequented by innocent, young children. We thank the Hamilton police hate crime unit for investigating whether this constitutes as a hate crime and hope that they will be swift to apprehend the perpetrators.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal calls on all Canadians to join fight to end violence against women

December 6, 2011
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Montreal, Quebec, December 6th, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) calls on all Canadians to help end violence against women, in commemoration of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

“This marks the 22nd anniversary of the tragic murders that took place at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal and all Canadians should remember those innocent victims by renewing our pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about any form of violence against women,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Around the world, the numbers for abuse against women range from 15% to 71%. At times of war and in conflict zones, it is often girls and women who pay the heaviest price, becoming victims of war rapes, sexual slavery and forced prostitution. Here at home, 61% of Canadians say they know at least one woman who has been physically or sexually assaulted. We must speak out against this and say enough is enough.”

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Muslim Council of Montreal welcomes removal of Canadian’s name from UN blacklist

December 2, 2011
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Montreal, Quebec, December 1st, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) welcomed the recent removal of Abousfian Abdelrazik’s name from the United Nations Security Council terrorist blacklist this week.

“We congratulate Mr. Abdelrazik for his determination and success in having his name removed from this blacklist,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Since his return to Canada, Mr. Abdelrazik has been forced to live under crippling restrictions, despite his innocence and the lack of any evidence against him. He was unable to work, to travel and even to have a bank account. He was abandoned by his own Canadian government and left to suffer, but now he has a chance to resume a normal life and seek the justice he deserves.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal calls for harsher penalties against all hate motivated crimes

November 30, 2011
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Montreal, Quebec, November 30th, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) calls for harsher penalties for crimes motivated by hate, following the recent verdict of a suspended sentence for a woman who pleaded guilty to assault after pulling of a Canadian Muslim woman’s face veil at a Toronto shopping mall.

“Canada, and especially the Greater Toronto Area, is an increasingly pluralistic and multicultural society and it must be clear that hate motivated crimes will never be tolerated,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “The seriousness of such crimes is diminished when those found guilty are given suspended sentences and merely have to perform community service. Such verbal and physical attacks go against the very Canadian values and principles that we are all committed to and must be condemned in the strongest terms.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal and Canadian Islamic Congress slam Prime Minister’s recent comments about “Islamicism”

September 9, 2011
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Montreal, Quebec, September 9th, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal and the Canadian Islamic Congress jointly expressed their dismay today over Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s comments in a recent CBC interview.

“Mr. Harper’s statements about the threat of ‘Islamicism’ are nothing more than anti-Muslim rhetoric and fear-mongering and we are shocked to see such remarks from the leader of our country,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Such divisive, demonizing language does nothing to promote security and unity; rather it will only serve to fuel the fire of suspicion, intolerance and hatred. The threat of terrorism is real, but it is a threat we face from extremists of all walks of life. Mr. Harper’s comments unfairly target the Muslim community and this is uncalled for, especially from the prime minister.”
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Muslim Council of Montreal Statement congratulates Libya, for freedom after steadfast sacrifices

August 24, 2011

Montreal, Quebec, August 24th, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) extends its congratulations to the people of Libya, as the country moves closer to freedom following the storming of Col Muammar Gadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli by the Libyan Freedom Fighters.

“The Libyans have been bravely fighting for freedom for the past six months and we hope that gaining power over what was one of the final areas to remain under Gadhafi’s control will bring with it the swift establishment of a just state in Libya,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Gadhafi’s brutal and oppressive regime over the country and people of Libya is coming to an end and we hope to see him captured and brought to justice for all his atrocious crimes.”

“We regret the loss of all the innocent lives that have been lost in this war and we recognize the sacrifices of the thousands who gave their life for the freedom of their country. We pray for them and their families, and for all Libyans, hoping that these sacrifices will not have been in vain. We hope the international community will support the efforts of Libya in rebuilding their country and establishing a just and democratic state.” Continue reading

Muslim Council of Montreal Statement about Death of Honourable Jack Layton

August 22, 2011