Community Gathering

In March 2019, Muslims were attacked across the world: in New Zealand, in England and in Mali. We know that while most people have moved on since the events, for those of us who identify as Muslim, fearing for our safety has become our everyday reality. In our workplaces, it is difficult to talk about our experience as Muslims, especially in the public service and broader public service.

We are hosting this meetup to bring the PSIM community together, to meet with one another and share space in remembrance of the victims of March’s attacks.

This is not a formal event: there will not be speakers and no food will be served (there will be some drinks and light refreshments). Please join us, if you are looking to talk to friends and gather in remembrance.

Friday, March 25, 2019

Dear PS, I’m Muslim Community,

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ‎

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un

We belong to Allah, and to Him we shall return.

For the last few months, we have been quietly preparing to kick off our 2019 activities before Ramadan. I did not anticipate that the first message I would send to you would be of this nature.

What happened in New Zealand earlier today did not come as a surprise to most of us; the worst nightmare, for any Muslim, is to be attacked while practicing our faith and inside our houses of worship. It is always buried in the back of our minds, and has been for the last few years.

We know Islamophobia is real. We know that the current political climate, where anti-Muslim rhetoric goes unchecked and fascism is rising, fuels hatred toward our community and drives white supremacists to violence against us.  

Days like today are some of the hardest we will have to go through; a lot of us have had to come into work, where the attack may or may not be talked about at all. I am writing to you to let you know that the #PSIM community holds each other during this time.

There are vigils being held across Canada today - if you are comfortable to do so, I encourage you to attend. I will be at the Vigil For Victims of New Zealand Mosque Shooting at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto tonight. If you are not comfortable in public crowded spaces, that is also OK. Use any time today and the next few days to pray, cry, or do whatever you need to heal.
To non-Muslim allies: check in with your Muslim friends and see if they are okay, and if they need or want your company. If you can, attend vigils and show your solidarity.

There is so much work that we want to do at PS, I’m Muslim. If you are interested in helping bring together the community, please reach out to me. We are in this together.


Check this out!

Ramadan Guide for non-Muslims

Fahmida created a guide for her non-Muslim colleagues: Ramadan Tips for Non-Muslim Friends of Muslims. Ever had a question about Ramadan and didn’t know where to go to get them answered? This deck touches on the basics and more!
And listen to Fahmida talk about it on CBC’s Metro Morning on Tuesday, May 15 and CBC’s Ontario Morning on Wednesday, May 16. Ramadan Mubarak y’all!

See what we’ve done

Past events

Iftar with Ausma Malik and Salma Hindy
Friday, June 1, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
BiblioCommons Office
119 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON

PSIM Meetup #1 with Shamira Madhany & Ruby Latif
April 19, 2018
Canadiana Gallery at the University of Toronto

Hey Salam! 

We’re connecting Muslims in the public sector 

#PSIM's mission is to support Muslims in the public sector by establishing a non-partisan forum, so Muslim public servants can:

  Connect and network;

  Collaborate on special projects; and

  Provide advice to build more inclusive workplaces.

About the founder

Fahmida Kamali is a Senior Advisor with the Ontario Digital Service. She’s passionate about creating an inclusive and diverse public service.

Want to join the #PSIM organizing team? Get in touch with Fahmida via email or on Twitter

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