Islamophobia targets those who visibly express themselves as Muslims. Islamophobia is fear or hatred of Muslims. This hatred and fear translates into institutional forms of oppression and discrimination against Muslims and individuals perceived as Muslims.
Islamophobia can overlap with racism and anti-immigrant sentiment and can also be expressed through gendered stereotypes about Muslims.
Through the 2021 census, 9.6 per cent of Toronto residents identified as Muslim. Let’s accept without exceptions. Together we can end hate and discrimination in our city.
This campaign was created in partnership with the National Council of Canadian Muslims and with guidance from the:
Allyship means taking concrete actions against individual and systemic discrimination. Ally is a verb, not an identity. There are many ways you can be an ally to Muslims.
Guides and Toolkits
If you or someone you know is on the receiving end of Islamophobia and needs support:
There are several exciting and engaging opportunities available in Toronto.
Learn more about some of them here:
There are so many ways to celebrate and engage with amazing content by Muslim writers and artists. Here is a short list of some favourites:
TV / Films / Podcasts
Comedian / Art / Musicians
National Day of Action and Remembrance Against Islamophobia (January 29th) On January 29, 2017, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City was subject to a tragic, hateful and Islamophobic crime. A gunman entered the place of worship and opened fire on the worshippers, killing 6 men and injuring many more. The National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia serves as a reminder of the work we must do as a nation to eradicate Islamophobia, hate and racism in Canada. Take part in the Green Square Campaign.
International Day to Combat Islamophobia (March 15) The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution designating March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia. The resolution stresses that terrorism and violent extremism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization, or ethnic group. It calls for a global dialogue on the promotion of a culture of tolerance and peace, based on respect for human rights and for the diversity of religions and belief.
Islamic Heritage Month (October) This month has been marked nationally since 2007. It is a time to celebrate the rich histories, contributions and lived experiences of Muslim communities in Canada. Join in on the celebration this month and every day of the year!
Ramadan Muslims fast for 29 to 30 days every year in the month of Ramadan. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims don’t eat or drink from sunrise to sunset to experience what it feels like to be poor and hungry, and to focus on self-control in order to be a better person. Once the month is over, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking the fast, with family and friends, wearing fancy clothes and sharing gifts, for up to three days.
Eid-al-Fitr* Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of the month of fasting in Ramadan. This festival is three days long and begins with Muslims gathering for prayer at mosques the morning of the first day. It is a celebration with lots of food, gifts, new clothes, and visits with family and friends. If you want to give someone Eid greetings, you can say ‘Eid Mubarak’!
Eid-al-Adha* means the ‘festival of sacrifice’ and celebrates the story of Prophet Abraham and his obedience to God. It also marks the end of Hajj, the pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah. They celebrate by feasting on meat and sharing it with their neighbours and the poor. During the four days of this festival, there are special prayers at the mosque, presents, family parties, and new clothes. If you want to give someone Eid greetings, you can say “Eid Mubarak”!
*Dates shift according to the lunar calendar.
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