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IIT Umrah Group: March 2015

• Saudi Airlines direct non-stop service between Toronto and Jeddah
• $2,890/person for quad occupancy ($500 deposit by Dec. 30, 2014 - full payment due by Jan. 15, 2015)
• Limited to 25 persons

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Annual Winter Dinner: Dec. 25, 5:30 pm

We are excited at the prospect of having two major speakers at our Annual Winter Dinner on December 25 - Imam Siraj Wahhaj and Imam Dr. Zijad Delic. Imam Zijad will reflect on the contribution of institutions like IIT to shaping the Muslim presence in Canada. Imam Siraj, with a wealth of experience as a Community leader in North America will speak about how Muslim communities can empower institutions so that they can fulfill their mandate effectively.

$50 - adult | $20 - children ages 5-12 | free - children under 5

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Recognition of Course Completion

On Wednesday, December 17 IIT held a session to recognize over 100 students who completed post-secondary courses in Arabic Language, Islamic History, Qur'anic Exegesis and Qur'an Recitation and Tajweed. Br. Farhad Khadim, Director of Education acknowledged the hundreds of students who completed courses over the past 18 years with IIT and called Wednesday's session a milestone for formal Islamic education in Canada. "Today's recognition is a first step in the launching of our Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Fall of 2015", he said. Shaikh Ahmad Kutty encouraged students to see their achievement as a beginning and to challenge themselves to labour hard in the pursuit of education. "One cannot be a serious student of Islam if one has not mastered the Arabic language", he said. Certificates were awarded instructors: Shaikh Abdool Hamid, Sr. Julie Lowe, Sr. Laila Maarouf, Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick, Sr. Rona Ullah, Br. Mohamed Edris and Br. Khalid Raheem. Students of Shaikh Ahmad Kutty will receive certificates at the end of the Spring 2015 semester.

Obama says CIA interrogation techniques 'constituted torture'

(The Globe and Mail) The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday issued a sweeping indictment of the Central Intelligence Agency's program to detain and interrogate terrorism suspects in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks, drawing on millions of internal CIA documents to illuminate practices that it said were more brutal 校nd far less effective than the agency acknowledged either to Bush administration officials or to the public. Continued...

Sydney Crisis

(Brisbane Times) One of the most common questions I've been asked is "Do you have a message for the Muslim community?" In truth, I don't. They are a strong community with their own articulate leaders, able to speak for themselves if they choose to do so.
I am, however, the daughter of Indian migrants, and having lived all of my 37 years in Australia, I feel I've seen the best and the worst this country has to offer. I'd rather deliver a message to racists, bigots and anyone who dares to derive a message of hate from this tragedy - it is you who are unwelcome here. Your values have no place in civilised society, and if you spread intolerance, there's an avalanche of kindness ready to take you down.
Rachael Jacobs is a lecturer in Education at the Australia Catholic University in Brisbane. She was the Greens candidate for the seat of Brisbane in 2013. Continued...

(OnIslam.net) Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib, who knew Man Haron Monis for some time, rang police and security agencies to offer his help, saying he had had a lot of contact with him in the past and was willing to try and calm him. "He was a sick man," said Habib.
"I knew him and I used to speak with him to try and calm him down," Habib told Fairfax Media. "I was willing to try and do something. Continued...

(The Globe and Mail) The news started tentatively. It was Monday morning in Sydney, Australia and something was going on but it wasn't quite clear what. There was a man, in a cafe, and he had hostages. Grainy photos showed him with a bandana tied around his head. Then there was a black flag, with Arabic writing, held up in the window by two of the hostages. Continued...

Pakistan attack

The Islamic Institute of Toronto shocked and saddened at the brutal attack that has killed over 140 people, many of them children in Peshawar, Pakistan. We pray for their souls and for God Almighty to grant patience and comfort to the bereaved families. Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to all Pakistani-Canadians and we stand with you in these times of crisis.

The cycle of violence that has gripped the world is indeed horrific and against all norms of decent human behaviour. Islam upholds the sanctity of life as one of its higher objectives; it is therefore beyond imagination that the lives of innocent children will be taken in revenge killings in pursuit of religious, social or geo-political goals. We call on all governments, NGO's, political and religious groups to respect the sanctity of life and to foster negotiated settlements to disputes, rather than resorting to indiscriminate killing of innocent people.

Serving Others - Telling our Stories

IIT hosted a screening of the documentary by Tessellate Institute and the Muslim Seniors Circle on December 13th. Four pioneers of Islam in Canada were featured and were present at the screening. They reflected on what it means to volunteer, the sense of fulfillment in volunteering, and perspectives on overcoming barriers and challenges. → More on facebook and iqra.ca

IIT Ball Hockey League registration

Registration is now closed for boys 6-11. Limited space is still available for boys 12-16, first come first served. All skill levels welcome. Registration closes this Friday Dec. 19, or as soon as we get enough players. Please download the registration form, fill it out and bring it with your fee to the IIT gym this Friday Dec. 19 after 8 pm. Fees are $25 per person, $40 for two siblings and $60 for three siblings. Games begin Jan. 9, 2015. Email Khalid Raheem at krahe1093@rogers.com or call 416-894-5758 if you want to sign up before Friday.

Community news: Canadian Muslim youth need support

(By Shahina Siddiqui) While the discourse around the radicalization of a few Canadian Muslim youth is leading headlines, I am concerned that by focusing on a few who have been led down the path of violent extremism we are neglecting the vast majority of young Muslims who are struggling to find their bearings. Continued...

Community news: Volunteer at the Pan Am Games

There are many ways to join in the fun at the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Check the TORONTO 2015 employment listings, & apply to be one of 20,000 amazing Games-time volunteers!

Canadian Muslims denounce ISIS threats against Canada

(Ottawa - December 8, 2014) Following the release of a video message attributed to ISIS, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, reiterates that Canadian Muslims categorically condemn the terror group's calls for violence against Canada and other nations. Continued...

Community news: Are Canadian Muslims Obliged to Denounce ISIL?

By Asma Maryam Ali, Mental Health Counselor Last August, a friend at my Tae Kwon Do club asked me if I support ISIL. I was taken aback. This friend has known me for ten years, both in and out of the club; he knows my values, goals and interests, and they don't reflect those of ISIL. So where did the question come from? Continued...

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