Fadel Huggi

fadel huggi

Smile more! Love thy neighbour, it says it in the Bible and the Qu’ran. Treat your neighbours with respect, get to know them, visit them. You’re an ambassador for Islam, for your faith. I know that in saying this I can be a bit hypocritical, because I don’t know all of my neighbours, but I think the world would be a better place if we all made an effort. I chat with some of mine, but I’ve made it my goal to get to know all of them. I realize that my passion is for volunteering, I want to make a difference in the community at least, if not the world. Y’know? Don’t worry, be happy!

Fadel Huggi, Volunteer with Islamic Relief Canada

What’s your background?

My dad is from Palestine and my mom is American.

What was your biggest challenge while growing up?

Having 5 older brothers. It was like a chain of command… had to listen to what they said, clean my room, y’know. Now their kids are torturing them now hahaha.

Out of all the places you’ve lived or traveled to, what place just speaks to you, what’s your favourite place in the world?

People always ask me that. I always answer Edmonton because all my close friends from high school are here, there is a strong Muslim community here, definitely where I call home. People-wise? Edmonton. Weather-wise? the States. I’m not a fan of winter, I’m more of spring-summer guy… but skiing with my sister this winter was great… it was her first-time skiing, so it was hilarious. We went to Rabbit Hill in town. Virginia has great weather, it’s where I grew up.

What do you think is special about being part of the Muslim community in Edmonton, Alberta? What differences are there between Canada and Muslim countries?

 

There’s a huge difference growing up in a Muslim country compared to a non-Muslim country. We are definitely a minority, but it’s amazing how unified the community is. Growing up in Edmonton, it is easy to get distracted and some distractions open up the wrong doors. You gotta stay in school! Don’t fall for the peer pressure from bad influences and listen to your parents. I wish I listened to my dad more, growing up, because I did have moments where I fell off the boat, but Alhamdulillah, I’m here now. Growing up in the Middle East you feel more connected to the [global Muslim] community: everyone has similar values, similar mindsets. Some day, I want to retire in Palestine, but for now Edmonton is my home. Gaza has a special place in my heart.

How can we help build bridges between non-Muslim and Muslim Communities?

Smile more! Love thy neighbour, it says it in the Bible and the Qu’ran. Treat your neighbours with respect, get to know them, visit them. You’re an ambassador for Islam, for your faith. I know that in saying this I can be a bit hypocritical, because I don’t know all of my neighbours, but I think the world would be a better place if we all made an effort. I chat with some of mine, but I’ve made it my goal to get to know all of them. I realize that my passion is for volunteering, I want to make a difference in the community at least, if not the world. Y’know? Don’t worry, be happy!


Brother Fadel was recently in a motor vehicle collision while driving his motorcycle in Edmonton. This GoFundMe was organized his family to help pay for any costs that may arise during his recovery such as physiotherapy. We ask that everyone support and pray for brother Fadel and his family during this difficult time.