Diversity and Sisterhood in Islam – An imaginative example shared by Easy Nash

“Ismaili Mail contributor and Facebook aficionado Easy Nash was trolling through his friends’ facebook profiles late one frigid night in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and came across a picture that jumped right out at him. Nabila Kanji, second from left in this picture, a member of Easy Nash’s extended family, and her three friends(from left to right) Fuzya Farook, Sadia Shaukat and Ayesha Khan were celebrating Ayesha’s birthday, had gone skating at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto and were hanging out discussing the pros and cons of the four different post-secondary educational institutions they were each attending. The four young Muslim women have known one another for 8 years and were raised in the same Toronto neighbourhood.


This remarkable picture reflects diversity and sisterhood in Islam and is worth much more than a thousand words. Most importantly it personifies a crucial goal of the Ismaili Muslim Community: unity, friendship, sisterhood and brotherhood.”

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, its achievements and humanitarian works.

4 thoughts

  1. Congratulations to Ismaili Mail and Easy Nash for putting up this picture. It reflects a multi-cultural and possibly a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual Islam. Thus it is a reflection of the very real diversity that exists in the Muslim world today. In a shrinking global village it is essential for diverse elements within Islam to recognise, acknowledge and tolerate first, one another, and second, the ‘other’ from among different religions and traditions.


  2. A stand-alone quote that speaks for itself:

    “Imagine what it would be like living in a world of no diversity,
    a world where we were all the same colour, shape and size,
    ate the same biryani, told the same jokes and combed our hair identically. Aside from the fact that my comb, sadly, serves less purpose these days, I would find a world like that quite boring!”

    Aga Khan IV, in his speech at the Ninth Award for Architecture Ceremony, New Delhi, India, Saturday, November 27, 2004


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