Volume 17 Issue 459-Jamadi ul Awal 16, 1439 AH February 02, 2018


   :: Local Events
::Pakistani Canadian Women’s Society welcomed Hon. Senator Salma Ataullahjan

By: Ayesha Qureshi
Pakistani Canadian Women’s Society recently welcomed special guest Honorable Senator Salma Ataullahjan to a gathering that included an informal style interview segment and a chance for attendees to engage with the Senator following the discussion. The discourse included topics such as political reforms, bridging the differences between Muslim and mainstream perspectives, gender wage inequality issues, immigration, challenges facing the community and the progress that has been made thus far. The highlight of the evening was the Q&A sessions giving students, members of PCWS and invited guests from the community an opportunity to participate in dialogue with the Senator.
The get-together was also the platform for the Senator to recognize significant efforts and contributions made by members of the PCWS since its inception by awarding pins. As a token of appreciation, the Government of Canada commissions pins for parliamentarians to award to individuals to recognize their achievements. The pin is made with the original copper that covered the roofs of he center block of Parliament Hill, a true Canadian symbol.
Recipients recognized were Rukhsana Shariq, Farzana Alam, Babra Rana and Almas Ali for truly embodying Canada 150’s theme of promoting a diverse and inclusive Canada.

::Opening Of New Al-Ihsān Center in Surrey

A new Islamic Centre in the heart of Surrey. Al Ihsan Educational Foundation has moved its operations to a new facility located at 11-8285 132 st. Surrey BC. The new Al-Ihsan’s Center, will house all of Al-Ihsān’s *educational programs* and a full-time *Islamic Center.*
This Center will serve the surrounding community as well as conduct programs for the whole Lower Mainland Area.

♦️ Full-time Ilm Programs
♦️ Evening Islamic School (Including
Hifz Program)
♦️Islam Comprehensive (Advanced
Islamic Studies)
♦ Bachelors in Islamic Sciences
(Part-time Aalim Course)
♦️ Essentials of Islam (Adult Program)
♦️ Islam Unravelled (Outreach and Interfaith)
♦️ Weekly Dars
♦️ Weekly Youth Programs
♦️ Workshops
♦️ Seminars
♦️ 5 Times Salat + Ladies Prayer Facility
♦️ Tarāwīh
♦️ Jumuah prayers
♦️ Community counseling
An official opening ceremony took place Sunday Jan 21, 2018, which was attended by over 120 men and women. The staff and teachers spoke about the programs offered by Al Ihsan. Mufti Aasim Rashid, founder and president of Al-Ihsan, addressed the crown and presented the future plans for the centre, and concluded the program with a heart-warming dua.
The Centre is now open to the public and 5 time salawat have begun. Juma salat will be offered at the Centre beginning Feb 2, 2018 inshAllah.

::PLEA’s 15th Annual Mother Language Day

By:Parvinder Dhariwal
Punjabi Language Education Association (PLEA) held its 15th annual Mother Language Day celebration on January 20th at the North Delta Recreation Centre. The program consisted of important discussions about the implementation of Punjabi language teaching in more public schools in Surrey. Along with various speakers who discussed the important issues, a large number of students participated with their poems, songs and speeches. The program was mc’d by Parabjot Singh.
PLEA President Balwant Sanghera welcomed the attendees and stated that this year’s main focus is to encourage the parents to enroll their children in grade 5 Punjabi classes. He said that there are several elementary schools in Surrey where it is possible to have Punjabi classes due to the large number of Punjabi students in those schools. This year’s keynote speaker Jag Khosa, a police officer and a prominent community activist spoke about the importance of teaching children Punjabi. He emphasized how crucial it is to speak Punjabi with children at home from a young age. In detail, Khosa highlighted just how much of an asset Punjabi is to him in his professional life. He also stated that along with teaching children Punjabi, parents should take the opportunity to learn English and have libraries in their homes. Prominent Punjabi scholar Dr. Sadhu Singh stated that sectarianism has caused the most harm to the Punjabi language. While speaking about the richness of the Punjabi language he enthralled the audience by reading a passage about colours from his book called “Punjabi Boli Di Virast (The Heritage of the Punjabi Language).” UBC Punjabi Instructor Sukhwant Hundal spoke in detail about significance of Punjabi Wikipedia. He requested that the Punjabi community should contribute to the site, as there is a need for content. Hundal also spoke about a piece he has written about the site that can be accessed here:
Surrey School Trustee Gary Thind, Surrey School Teacher Rabinder Boparai and a parent representative Kewal Tagger participated in panel moderated by Sukhwant Hundal. The main points highlighted in this discussion were how to encourage parents to enroll their children in Punjabi classes.
Along with speaking about the concerns surrounding the implementation of Punjabi in the public school system, the program also featured students reading Punjabi poems, songs and speeches about issues pertaining to the Punjabi language and community. The student participants were: Aman, Tanu, Manu, Sukhman Kaimbo, Manjot Singh, Prabhleen Kaur Grewal, Sharan Sandhu, Humkirat Gill, Taran Poonia, Sunny, Simrat, Amrit, Jasnoor, Sahib, Ravleen, Smriti, Ashmeen, Parleen, Navreet, and Hardeep Virk.
PLEA honoured Gian Singh Thind and Harjinder Sangra for their contribution to the progression of the Punjabi language in Canada. While speaking about Gian Singh Thind, radio host Professor Gurvinder Singh Dhaliwal said that Thind arrived in Canada in 1953 and learned Punjabi. He then started a newspaper for the historical Khalsa Diwan Society Vancouver. While speaking about Harjinder Sangra, Sadhu Binning stated that Canadian born Sangra learned Punjabi and participated in plays produced by Vancouver Sath. She taught Punjabi at UBC’s continuing studies for a number of years and has been teaching Punjabi along with other subjects in Vancouver for many years.
The program concluded with Balwant Sanghera thanking the audience, Punjabi media, the students and the Surrey School Board. He also thanked PLEA members Parvinder Dhariwal, Parabjot Singh, Rajinder Pandher, Harman Pandher, Ranbir Johal, Jas Binning, Paul Binning and Sadhu Binning. Sanghera made a final appeal to parents to enroll their children in Punjabi language classes and to encourage others to do the same.

::One year anniversary of the Quebec mosque shootings.


Jan 29, A roundtable meeting held on behalf of Premier John Horgan by Minister Harry Bains and Parliamentary Secretary Ravi Kahlon with representatives of the Muslim faith and community leaders to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Quebec mosque shootings.
A number of representatives from the community attended the meeting held in Vancouver.

::MAWO starts off 2018 demanding an end to the new era of war and occupation!


By:Janine Solanki
In only the first few weeks, 2018 has already proven to be one of increasing war and occupation. The US government and its allies are leading an aggressive campaign of threats and genocidal sanctions against North Korea. Yemen continues to face the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with daily bombing from US-backed Saudi Arabia. Iran is also once again a primary target of US government war-mongering.
Yemen today is in the grip of a devastating humanitarian crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled the cholera epidemic in Yemen as the worst in the world, which is now at over one million cases. On top of this, Yemen is facing famine, which UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock warns will be “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.” All of this is not by chance, but as a direct consequence of the US-backed Saudi Arabian war against Yemen, which has seen routine bombings hitting homes and critical infrastructure including hospitals and sanitation systems. Saudi Arabia has also imposed a land, sea and air blockade on Yemen, creating shortages of food, fuel and medical supplies and limiting desperately needed humanitarian aid from entering the country.
On January 27, Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) gathered activists and peace-loving people together for an antiwar rally and petition drive. MAWO has been organizing these demonstrations every month for over 14 years, campaigning for an end to the new era of war and occupation, which features the United States and its allies organizing for war, occupation, sanctions, and threats against oppressed nations. Since the beginning of the so-called “war on terror” in September 2001, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Palestine, Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, Iran, and many others have all been targets of American led campaigns for more war and destruction.
During the January 27 action in downtown Vancouver, activists approached passers-by, inviting them to add their signatures to a petition demanding that Canada end its $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The deal is for so-called “light” armored vehicles which in reality are heavily armed military vehicles, similar to ones which Saudi Arabia has used to crush protests in Bahrain and against its own people. MAWO’s information table was busy with people stopping to find out more and to open discussions with organizers, attracted by banners setup demanding “US/Saudi Arabia Hands off Yemen!” and “US and Canada Hands off North Korea!” To wrap up the rally MAWO chair Alison Bodine spoke, bringing in more people at the busy downtown plaza, against the increasing wars and occupations and encouraging people to get involved to organize against these wars and for the self-determination of all oppressed nations!
MAWO encourages all peace-loving people join events and actions against this new era of war and occupation. To find out more visit of follow MAWO on Facebook and Twitter @MAWOVan.
















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