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Canadian Muslims stand united with fellow citizens in condemning Ottawa attacks

(Ottawa - October 22, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, stands united with Canadians in categorically condemning today's shooting attacks at Ottawa's War Memorial and on Parliament Hill which left a Canadian soldier dead and several others injured. Continued...

Islamic History Month

A special message from Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick:

October is Islamic History Month in Canada - a celebration of the rich history of a civilization that now accounts one fifth of the world's population. At the Islamic Institute of Toronto, we will be showcasing this history - through documentaries, exhibitions and lectures.

Islamic History Month Canada (IHMC) was launched on October 25, 2007, with a motion in Canada's Parliament by the Honourable Mauril Belanger. October was then proclaimed as "Islamic History Month in Canada". IHMC was initiated and sustained by the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) from 2007 to 2012 but since then has been adopted by Muslim communities throughout the country as an opportunity to share the rich heritage of the Muslim world, the contributions made by Muslim scholars and inventors and the valuable stories of Muslim people who now make up over 25% of the earth's population.

IHMC is a golden opportunity to open the doors of Islamic centers and Masjids throughout the country and reconnect with the general populace. It is also a chance for Muslim leaders and scholars to provide clear answers to the many questions that service providers, law enforcement and government officials have concerning the true meaning of Islam and the role that Muslims can play in society. We encourage all schools, religious institutions, and government agencies to take this opportunity to reach out to their Muslim neighbors and colleagues and help foster understanding and cooperation in our country.

I invite you to join me and our special guests, Dr. Kathy Bullock and Dr. Zijad Delic, as we provide you with a glimpse into the rich history and the contemporary reality of Islam in Canada, and the world.

Oct 17-19: Poster display (lobby and library/reading room upstairs): Discover Islam, 1001 Inventions, "My Mushaf" exhibition
Oct 17: Khutbah on Islamic history with Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick
Oct 17: Documentary & Discussion - Mosque One with Dr. Kathy Bullock at 6:30 pm
Oct 18: Documentary & Discussion - Koran by Heart - with Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick after youth halaqa - 7:00 pm
Oct 19: Documentary & Discussion - Enemy of the Reich: The Story of Noor Inayat Khan - 5:30 pm
Oct 24: Documentary & Discussion - Prince Among Slaves with Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick - 7:30 pm
Oct 25: Sri Lankan community dinner for IHMC - Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick - external program
Oct 31: Khutbah by Dr. Zijad Delic; school program & evening lecture

Islamic History Month documentaries & discussion

Wonderful event on Fri. Oct. 17 at IIT with Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick and Dr. Kathy Bullock on the First Mosque in Toronto. On Sat. Oct. 18 we continued with the documentary Koran By Heart - right after the Youth Halaqa at 7:00 pm.

Join us at 5:30 pm on Sun. Oct. 19 for a screening of Enemy of the Reich: The Story of Noor Inayat Khan. Come early and take a look at our poster display and collection of books on Islamic history and culture and some rare translations of the Quran. Our Islamic History Month documentary series concludes with Prince Among Slaves at 7:30 pm on Fri. Oct. 24 - the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South.

Ali Mazrui: A Post-Modern Ibn Khaldun - by Shaikh Ahmad Kutty

Reflections on the legacy of Professor Mazrui (1933 2014) Professor Ali Mazrui, who passed away on October 12th, 2014, was an outstanding Muslim academic and public intellectual who was genuinely concerned for the future of his community and the human family.

Referred to by some as 'a post-modern Ibn Khaldun', he was a scholar of diverse interests, who wrote prolifically on issues of Africa, culture, globalization, and Islam. Continued...

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Sat. Oct. 25: IIT Youth Council fall hike

2 pm - 4 pm, at Taylor Creek Trail

Join the IIT Youth Council as we explore the beautiful colours of fall while hiking at the Taylor Creek Park. Conveniently located near the Victoria park subway station and free of admission, this exciting hike will take you through a variety of natural landscapes.

The hike will begin promptly at 2:00 pm at the Victoria Park subway station. Please wear closed-toe shoes. It is also advisable to bring a hat and a reusable water bottle.

Distance: ~4 km

Level of difficulty: Mainly on paved trails (unpaved and steep portions of the trail can be avoided)

Getting there:
• By TTC: take the Bloor-Danforth subway or Victoria Park bus #24 to Victoria Park subway station.
• By car: Drive to Victoria Parking subway station at 777 Victoria Park Avenue.
• Meetup outside the main subway station entrance (facing Victoria Park Avenue).

If you have questions please email iityouthcouncil@gmail.com, or call:
Br. Musab 647-717-7852
Sr. Surayya 647-995-6295

Islam and the Environment - Oct. 23, 9 pm: 'Ideas' on CBC radio one

When Islam is featured in popular media, it's often in the context of conflict: extremism, radicalism, fundamentalism. But Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, has a surprising perspective on his own faith: that's it's deeply predisposed towards environmental stewardship. In a public lecture and later interview with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy, Dr. Nasr explains why Islam may be well be seen as a 'green' religion.

Oct. 23, 9 pm: Listen live to CBC Radio or access live stream at cbc.ca (will also be available as a podcast on the 'Ideas' website).

Imam Abu Hanifa: the Quintessence of Islamic Law

An interesting article for Islamic History Month: "This intolerant sectarianism rent asunder the fabric of Muslim society, deforming all its features - religion, morals, government, culture, civilization. In the midst of this all-pervading destruction there was only one constructive voice, that of Abu Hanifa, declaring aloud: "Of the people of the Qiblah there is none whom we consider an infidel." Continued...

The European Jerusalem: Sarajevo

Great article and images on Muslim heritage in Central Europe.

Community news: Why should Muslims Vote?

On October 27, municipalities across Ontario including those with huge Muslim populations in Toronto, Brampton and Mississaugua will go to the polls to elect mayors and city councillors. While IIT cannot endorse any specific candidate or party for elections, we provide below an excellent answer to the question: Why Muslims Should Vote in Elections?

1. Voting in a democratic system is one of the few ways to affect social changes, and as Muslims it is our civic and religious duty to strive to move the society forward as closely as possible to the ideals of justice, fairness, equity and compassion for all.

2. Muslims are mandated by the Qur'an to work in cooperation with everyone for common causes that are beneficial to all... Continued

2014-10-14 fatwa session on post-Hajj issues

Also see: How to Keep the Lessons of Hajj?

Journey Through the Qur'an (accessible on-line)

Wed. 7 pm, beginning Nov. 5 Join Shaikh Abdool Hamid for this thematic overview of the Qur'an. Focusing on the key messages & themes of the Qur'an, students will develop an understanding of the importance of sound guidance in everyday life.

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Deeper Roots - an Overview of Islamic History

An exciting course (Tues. 7 pm) that challenges the foundations of Euro-Centric History by showing the amazing achievements of the Golden Age of Islam (7-15th Century); revealing the evidences for Pre-Columbus voyages made by Muslim explorers; showing the actual places and traces of Muslim presence in the early Americas and following the footsteps of these Muslims throughout Central and North America.

Search for Knowledge: Sat. Nov. 22, 7 pm

Part 2 of a 3 part halaqa series (Oct. 18, Nov. 22, Dec. 20) with Shaikh Shazim Khan.

Community news: new host sought for Let the Quran Speak

An excellent opportunity for someone passionate about representing the Muslim community in the media and explaining Islam to the wider public. Candidates who are confident on camera and have an interest in journalism are encouraged to apply! → Job description

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Fall Semester - we're here everyday for YOU!

We are pleased to present the 2014 Fall Semester, with a number of new and continuing courses. Please note that while some classes are streamed live on-line, most can only be accessed in person at the IIT.

Comprehensive Arabic Lang. Level 1 - Ustaz Mohamed Edris: Wed. 7 pm
Arabic Lang. Book 1 - Sister Rona Ulla: Tues. & Thurs. 7 pm
Qur'an Recitation (for sisters) - beginners - Sister Laila Maarouf: Sun. 3 pm

These are just a few highlights, please review the class schedule for details on all classes.

Tafseer session

Join us for one of our flagship programs, where Shaikh Abdool Hamid discusses central concepts in the Qur'an. These sessions systematically explain the verses of the Holy Qur'an from the earliest sources.

Normally held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, tafseer sessions will only be held on Sep. 13, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, & Dec. 13 (due to hajj and Shaikh Abdool Hamid's other commitments). The sessions are at 6 pm/after asr.

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