Amplifying Muslim Figures
In June 2021, an act of domestic terrorism took place in London, Ontario. According to police, Yumna, along with her father Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, and Salman's mother, Talat Afzaal, 74, were out for a walk when they were mowed down by a truck — killed in a hit and run attack, which police said specifically targeted the Muslim family. Yumna's nine-year-old brother Fayez survived.
Arshiya Alam, a Muslim student who volunteers with the Halton Youth Initiative, wanted to raise awareness about Islmabphobia and to take action. She wrote a blog and then asked if she could help lead a breakout room to develop some sort of campaign over the summer.
The team, known as Team Seals of the Creative Spaces room, decided to create a social media campaign highlighting Muslim figures, businesses and historical people. Here is what some of our members had to say!
Hi my name is Afnan Shan, I did my post on Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī. One of the first algebra mathematicians who created the foundations of many of the concepts that we know today. To find out more check out; https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/muammad-ibn-ms-al-khwrizm-6035.php
Hi, My name is Jialin and I did my amplifying muslim figure on Ali Ehsassi. He is a parliamentarian and an active member of the Standing Committee on justice and human rights. He also speaks up for the issue of Islamophobia. For more information, please check: https://aliehsassi.libparl.ca/.
Hi I am Vance, and I did my amplifying muslim figure on Fitriya Mohamed. She fought for muslim women’s rights on basketball. Nike sponsored her because of her significance in women's basketball. To find out more check out:https://www.niketorontohub.com/stories/you-cant-stop-fitriya-mohamed
Hi, my name is Leah and I created my Amplifying Muslim Figures post on Alaa Murabit. She is an award-winning Libyan-Canadian medical physician, United Nations global advocate, and women’s rights activist. You can learn more about her by checking out her official website: https://alaamurabit.com/
Read the Blog from Arshiya Alam that prompted this project