On Oct. 7, my friend Sheema Khan wrote a poignant column in the Globe and Mail about what it feels like to be a Muslim in Canada today—what with all the talk about the niquab, revoking citizenship and “barbaric cultural practices.” “Make no mistake,” she wrote, “this divisive strategy is meant to prey upon fear and prejudice . . . Muslims are the low-hanging fruit in the politics of fear.” I interviewed Sheema in 2014 on this topic; find that interview below.
Do you ever wonder what Muslims around the world think of terrorist groups like al-Qaida and Boko Haram?
According to a 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center, it turns out that most are just as worried about those groups as everyone else.
Al-Qaida, one of the most notorious of the terrorist groups, was viewed negatively by strong majorities in all 14 countries.
“In most Middle Eastern countries, concern about extremism has increased in the past year," it added.
Canadian Muslim leader Sheema Khan, a longtime columnist for the Globe and Mail, isn't surprised by the survey.
Muslims, she states, are "not marching to the same drummer."