Muslim Girls Club Opens in Calgary

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Teen years are always the most difficult for many Muslims living in the West, with struggling to achieve a balance between faith tenets and community becoming a key challenge to many.

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These are also the years where role models play a huge part in forming the personality and character of teens.

Taking a step forward to provide a safe space for young Muslims, a new Muslim youth center has opened its doors in Calgary.

Muslim Girls Club Opens in Calgary - About Islam
Fatimah Braimoh, 11, says the Sisters Youth Club has helped her gain a greater sense of belonging. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC )

The Sisters Youth Club, which welcomes girls aged 7 to 12, meets every other Friday.

The new club allows young Muslim girls to connect with older role models, as well as working to foster a sense of belonging.

“This place and all the mentors make me feel like part of everything — part of Canada, part of a community itself,” Fatimah Braimoh, 11, told CBC.

The program is hosted by the Muslim Association of Canada at Al-Salam Center.

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Nagaht Mahamad, 12, says for her, the club acts as a support system and a place to make new friends. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC )

The new club works as a support system for Muslim teens and
a place to make new friends.

“I think it’s nice to know that you can turn to
someone, even though there are a lot of harsh things that go out in the world
against us. It’s nice knowing that people go through it with you and you’re not
alone doing it,” she said.

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“It’s just nice to know that I can learn at the same
time as well as making new friends.”

Canada’s 2011 National Household Survey found that Islam is
adhered to by 3.2% of the total population. This makes Islam the second-largest
religion in the country after Christianity.

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