Being an ally for Muslims means more than just having positive thoughts about the community. It means taking real action to stand up against intolerance and hate. Because, if you stay silent, you’re part of the problem. We’ve partnered with the National Council Of Canadian Muslims to create these tips on how to stand together against Islamophobia. Share them with your network and start creating real change.
Learn about Islamophobia, the diversity of the Canadian Muslim experience and perspectives, and what you can do to make a positive change through a training course with the National Council Of Canadian Muslims.
TALK TO MUSLIMS
Ask the Muslims in your life about their lived experiences and personal stories of dealing with Islamophobia in Canada. By understanding their point of view, you can help identify the right times to stand up and show support.
LEARN ABOUT ISLAM
The more you understand about Islam, the more you can help debunk harmful misconceptions about the community. By learning about what the faith stands for, you will be able to stand up to stereotypes and ignorance.
If you see an act of Islamophobia, say something. Passive support is not enough. Speak in a non-threatening way, deescalate the situation to the best of your abilities, and be prepared to call for help if necessary.
Nadia & Ian Neighbours
Despite living in the same neighbourhood, Nadia & Ian had never really spoken. After the London Attacks, Ian saw Nadia crying on her porch. He didn’t know what to say to her but he knew he had to say something to provide support. His wife sent Nadia flowers and Ian helped Nadia to not feel alone through listening, kindness and being a good neighbor.
Christine & Meenaz Co-Workers
When Christine met Meenaz at the school where they work together as educational assistants, they immediately clicked. Along with sharing a strong interest in each other’s cultural celebrations, they make it a point to hold “restorative conversations” with their students when issues of prejudice arise. Christine uses her voice to stand up and speak up when she witnesses anti- muslim hate.
Ibrahim & Miranda Married
Husband and Wife, Ibrahim and Miranda’s parents never met due to religious differences, and sadly his father passed away before they could work things out. While Ibrahim is relatively unfazed by the negative things that happen to him as a result of his religion, Miranda is often upset on his behalf. She wishes they could one day live in a world without labels.
Irfaan & Jaden Friends
Irfaan and Jaden have known each other their whole lives and celebrate holidays with each other’s families. Irfaan’s mother and aunt have experienced horrible instances of anti-Muslim hate, leading Jaden to question why she is able to live everyday without fear while Irfaan and his family cannot. She always makes it a point to question her innate privilege.
I will stand together with the Muslim community as an ally. I will speak up against acts of hate and intolerance, I will educate myself on my biases and privileges, and I will include and support those facing discrimination. In doing so, I will help to create a better Canada for both Muslims and non-Muslims.