To learn more, join us for an information session on Feb. 24, at 11 am
NBA 2K19 Playstation Tournament: Mar. 10, 11 am
Join us on for our NBA 2K19 Tournament. Select your tier and compete against the rest to claim the Tier Championship & Prize!
Black History Month events & updates
Black History Month activities kicked off with a program at Concordia University in Montreal. After doing the Jumuah Khutbah, Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick gave a lecture to a packed house of students. The theme was "Resistance to Slavery, an African Muslim Perspective". Al Hamdulillah, there was a great response from the students and more seminars are requested for the near future.
Feb. 3: A historic gathering was held at Regent Park Community Centre in Toronto, sponsored by the Regent Park Islamic Resource Centre Torotno (RPIRCT). The theme, "Unity through Community" was addressed by Representatives of the local MPP and Councillor Krystyn Wong-Tam. Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick gave the keynote address taking the audience of youth, families and community leaders through the history of Muslims in Canada and highlighted the challenges facing out community and the way forward. The key slogan of " Education, Empowerment and Engagement" was embraced by all, especially the government officials.
Feb. 4: The TAIBU Center of Malvern hosted a Black History Month seminar on "Racism and its Cure" for the senior men and women of the area. Dr Abdullah Hakim Quick addressed a crowd of over 70 people about this dangerous issue. The talk was followed by a lively discussion and intentions were made to get the youth involved in positive Black History and character building.
Feb. 8: A lecture and Friday sermon is planned for the "Turkish Diyanet Center of America", one of the largest Muslim centres in North America. The theme is "Challenges facing the Youth in the 21st Century".
Feb. 14-16: A lecture series is planned for the Island of Bermuda to highlight their Black History programs. There will be special seminars for the Muslim community and a Public address on Saturday night Inshallah.
Feb. 28: Ryerson University MSA is hosting a Black History Month lecture by Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick entitled, "Breaking the Chains of Slavery, an African Muslim Perspective".
Plans are being made with the U of T MSA for other lectures, Inshallah.
Muslim Business Expo: Apr. 20
Mark your Calendars for the Muslim Business Expo taking place this April! Tag your favourite Muslim Business and spread the word!
Quebec City mosque shooter sentenced to least 40 years in prison
Alexandre Bissonnette, who pleaded guilty to killing six men at a Quebec City mosque two years ago, will be allowed to ask for parole at the age of 67, a judge decided Friday.
Bissonnette, 29, will serve an automatic life sentence for shooting and killing the men at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Jan. 29, 2017. He has been behind bars since the shooting.
He will be allowed to go before the Parole Board of Canada after serving 40 years, said Superior Court Justice Francois Huot.
Huot called Bissonnette's attack an "unspeakable tragedy" that "tore apart our social fabric."
Winter 2019 Semester
Alhamdulillah, our Winter 2019 Semester Courses are out! Register for one of our NEW or CONTINUING courses (or an on-demand course) in three simple steps:
1. Log-in/sign-up at open-institute.thinkific.com
2. Click on any course for its details
3. Submit your info. (and payment if it's not a free course)
Note: Some courses are offered in-class and online. We encourage you to attend in person; however if this is not possible then you can access the course online or through a live-stream on facebook. In-class students have the opportunity to interact directly with our scholars and teachers, and registered students will have all material, quizzes, and access to video lectures for review!
Alhamdulillah Shaikh Ahmad Kutty has served the Muslim community for almost half a century in various capacities as a Muslim Scholar. His website, AskTheScholar.com provides a forum for detailed answers and guidance to life's everyday issues. Check out its new look and share it with your friends and family.
A reliable source of answers to questions about living Islam.
Tafseer sessions: 2nd & 4th Sat. of the month, 6 pm
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.
Children's evening madrassa: weekdays, 5:30 pm
A special children's evening class in Qur'anic recitation and Islamic studies. It runs for the entire school year and follows a standard school calendar. Teachers include Hafiz Hassan Mohamed, Ibrahim Farook and others, and is managed by Imam Kamruzzaman. Children between the ages of 5-14 are eligible - $30 per month per child. Registration done at IIT
Friday night classes
Our Friday Night Family Program resumed Jan. 11 with children's classes (6 pm), Youth Class with Shaikh Abdool Hamid, and Adult Class with Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick.
Searching for answers, two years after the mosque massacre
Two years ago, a little girl in a purple tuque was standing in the wide, green expanse of the first floor of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Qubec. Three more children were nearby as community members were milling about in conversation after completing evening prayers.
This was the quiet scene Alexandre Bissonnette walked into on the frigid night of Jan. 29, 2017. His gunshots shattered the calm, and within minutes six men were dead and several were severely injured. Soon, more than a dozen families, a religious community and an entire nation were confronted with the worst manifestations of hatred, bigotry, and Islamophobia. Continued...
Statement in commemoration of the Quebec City Massacre
A statement from Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick on the second anniversary of the Quebec mosque shooting - All praises to Allah, Lord of the worlds and peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad forever.
My Brothers and Sisters, our Government officials, our friends, I welcome you to the IIT Masjid and Islamic Centre, the House of Allah, and the abode of peace on this sad occasion.
Islam is the religion that seeks peace in all aspects of life and Muslims are so fortunate to have Canadian government officials who also seek peace and justice for the people of Canada. But there are others who use hatred and violence to solve their problems. Continued...
Thanks to all those who participated in our Commemorative Event to mark the second anniversary of the Quebec Mosque Shooting which occurred on January 29, 2017. Thanks to MP Shaun Chen and Shaikh Abdullah Hakim Quick for their words of comfort and compassion and prayers for the victims and their families. Br. Fareed Amin, Chairman reflected on the impact of the tragedy on the families and called upon all present to be vigilant in ensuring safety and security at the mosque. Continued...
Three major issues of our times! with Sh. Abdullah Hakim Quick
Friday: Decoded! Where we get behind the scenes of what the Friday Sermon is really about!
6 Toronto schools top Ontario elementary school rankings
The Fraser Institute has released its annual rankings on Ontario's elementary schools and six Toronto-area schools top the list, down from eight last year. The report card ranks more than 3,000 schools based on nine differing academic indications including the results of the EQAO tests, which including reading, writing and math.
There were 16 elementary schools that scored a perfect 10, including Toronto-based schools, Avondale Alternative, Havergal College and the Islamic Institute of Toronto. Northmount, Sathya Sai and St. Sebastian also topped the list.
Almost forty percent (40%) of schools that ranked a perfect 10 in the elementary division of Ontario schools ranked by the Fraser Institute are Islamic schools, including the IIT Academy and the Islamic Foundation School amongst others. Out of 16 schools that ranked 10, six are Islamic schools.
Although the EQAO is only one measure of a school's overall performance, it is an important one for benchmarking a school's progress in core academic disciplines. Congratulations to our students, teachers, past and current principals and staff for an excellent performance.
IIT Ball Hockey League Awards Dinner: Tickets now on sale
Annual awards dinner: All our awards will be given out at IIT on Saturday April 27 at our second annual Hockey Awards Banquet. Come join us for this celebration of excellence!
Dinner is FREE for all players, volunteers and children under 6. Family and friends, tickets are $15 each and will be on sale every Friday night after Isha Prayers. Email Khalid or call him at 416-894-5758 to reserve your tickets now.
Feeling left out? Join the league next season by first getting your name added now to our contact list. Must be 6-16, any skill level. Registration begins in August. Beginners welcome.
Can I Remove Hijab for Safety Reasons?
Shaikh Ahmad Kutty - If you have genuine reasons to fear for your safety, then you are allowed to remove hijab while wearing modestly as best as you can. It would be best if you make the judgment for yourself based on your moral conscience.
However, you are not allowed to remove Hijab if there is no real threat or fear. In other words, isolated incidents of harassment or mocking cannot justify your decision for removing Hijab. Continued...
Can Muslims use recreational cannabis?
Shaikh Ahmad Kutty - According to scientific studies, using marijuana is proven to be deleterious to mental and physical health. Since Islam is a religion that stresses preservation of life, mind, and health as priorities, a Muslim cannot resort to it, or condone its use as it would be akin to suicide and self-destruction... → Continued...
All praises are due to Allah, Lord of the worlds and may the peace and blessings of Allah be constantly showered upon our Beloved Prophet Muhammad forever.
As we move further into the 21st Century, the tensions and crises of the world are increasing by the day. Muslims, in the past, have always looked to the guidance of their
Lord and the methodology of the Last Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to bring light in the time of darkness. Continued... → Sign-up today!
500 monthly donors
Let IIT be part of your income! Yes, when you donate to IIT, you will be rewarded for it in the hereafter, and your wealth is purified in this world. Be part of our 500 monthly donor drive - sign-up today!
We are in the process of setting up a community library to be located on the south side of building, on the second floor. A reading room is attached to the library and can be accessed via sliding doors connecting the two spaces.