MABDA Report 7/6/2015

Canadian Women Festival Builds Bridges

Canada’s premier Muslim women’s festival is set to take place on Sunday, June 7, in the South Western Ontario city of Kitchener, amid hopes of extending new bridges with the larger community.

“Since its inception in 2010, the Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener-Waterloo has presented an annual summer event to build bridges of understanding, friendship and mutual respect with the larger community, and to transcend commonly held stereotypes about Muslim women,” Fran Pappert-Shannon, Director of Public Relations of the Coalition of Muslim Women of KW, told


How This Clever Imam Has Kept Americans from Joining the Islamic State

Imam Mohamed Magid, the chief imam at the third-largest mosque in America, has counseled several teens who sought to join ISIS in its effort to establish a caliphate across Iraq and Syria.

So we traveled to the ADAMS Center in Sterling, Virginia to find out how he talks someone out of joining ISIS.


Northwestern president calls on United to apologize to Muslim chaplain

The president of Northwestern University has called on United Airlines to formally apologize to the school's Muslim chaplain, whose claim of discrimination on a flight from Chicago has sparked a social media campaign and boycott.

In a letter to United CEO Jeff Smisek, University President Morton Schapiro said he was disappointed at the "outrageous and discriminatory treatment" of Tahera Ahmad, an associate chaplain and the director of interfaith engagement at Northwestern.