3 mn read Islamic sacred months. In Islamic culture, the sacred months or inviolable months are four months of the Islamic calendar (Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab). Fighting/Struggling is forbidden during these months except in response to aggression. The purpose of that tradition was to enable pilgrims, merchants, and others to go to markets or places of worship and return home safely. The pilgrim (Hajj) is performed on the eighth, ninth and the tenth of the Dhu’l-Hijjah month. Day of Arafah takes place on the ninth of the month. Eid al-Adha, the “Festival of the Sacrifice”, begins on the tenth day and ends
Tortured and sexually abused by the police and persecuted by his family, this LGBTQ activist needs our help
4 mn read As an LGBTQ activist in Uganda, Elijah has been tortured and sexually abused by the police, persecuted bij family members. His shop and house have been set on fire and he had to flee the country leaving his adorable children behind. He is in a Rwandan hospital now, where he can not leave if he doesn t pay the bills. Elijah wishes to embrace once again his two little children. He needs your help to get the medications he needs and safely return to his home.
2 mn read Gone but not forgotten In the east of Toronto’s downtown, visitors will find a buzzing neighborhood called the Church and Wellesley Village. This area, located on Church Street and Wellesley Street East, is the city’s LGBTQ district. Just north of the intersection that forms the center of the neighborhood, is the 519 community center. In an alley right next to it there is a mural of a face of Sarah Hegazi, an activist, IT worker and Egyptian lesbian who found home in the Church and Wellesley Village. The village does not want to forget her. Hegazi killed herself in June
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