Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from CAJM! We are looking forward to spending another year bringing communities together!
Chanukah Sameach from CAJM!
We hope that the candles lit on this festival of lights will have their intended purpose and inspire everyone to advocate for freedom!
Please read the letter written by CAJM co-chairs Shahid Akhtar and Barbara Landau to the Toronto Star in reaction to President Trump’s Jerusalem announcement. The letter concentrates on the effect this decision has on the prospects of lasting peace in the region.
You can find the letter Here
Or read the letter posted below:
Scarboro Mission’s Golden Rule Poster, which features texts from 13 religions, has been translated into Urdu by CAJM’s Co-chair Shahid Akhtar.
The poster could be downloaded here:
It is estimated that close to one billion people understand spoken Urdu. The Urdu language originated in 13th century India as a blending of Arabic, Sanskrit, Persian and local dialects. The use of the Urdu language is concentrated in South Asia but Urdu-speaking people reside in many countries throughout the world.
The publication of these texts in Urdu is an effort to further universalize the already universal message of the Golden Rule. Please consider forwarding this announcement to colleagues and friends and posting it on websites and social media.
Toronto is hosting the 2018 Parliament of World Religions, a gathering of more than 10,000 people of different faiths who come together to learn from each other and to share ideas on promoting interfaith cooperation. We encourage anyone who is interested to register before September 30 for the best ticket price at this link:
For more information visit the Toronto 2018 website at:
Eid-al- Adha reminds us all of Abraham’s generous spirit and the connection between people of faith. The month leading up to Rosh Hashanah is a preparation for self-reflection and we hope that in this holiday season we bring the self- awareness necessary to overcome differences and unite as divisiveness brews in North America.
Please read the greeting below
In another interesting piece for the The Toronto Star Azeezah Kanji reminds readers about the legal background to the Omar Khadr case. The outrage and rhetoric surrounding Omar Khadr often betrays a one-sided understanding of the story. In order to avoid simply making islamophobic arguments it is important to consider the reasons why Canada became legally obligated to pay a settlement to Khadr.
The article could be read here: