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Inna lilla he wa inna elaihe rajioun

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of sister Azeema Safraz. She was a resident of the Toronto Community Housing building where a fire broke out on Friday, Feb. 5. (Our prayers are also with our dear sister Fazeela Khan who suffered severe smoke inhalation while attending to Sr. Azeema as her personal support worker. May Allah make her recovery quick and complete and return her in good health to her loved ones.) Sister Azeema was an early supporter of the Islamic Islamic Institute of Toronto and spared no effort promoting the activities of IIT through soliciting of donations, ticket sales for dinners and other events and motivating others to do the same. For many years she contributed positively to our Homemakers Program for Sisters and had taken a leadership role in promoting a healthy lifestyle. It is through volunteers like her that we are blessed to be at the forefront of providing excellent services to our community. Janaazah arrangements to be confirmed.

May Allah (subhanu wa ta'ala) forgive her sins, grant her spaciousness in the Kabr and on Yawm al-Qiyamah, grant her Jannatul Firdous. May Allah (subhanu wa ta'ala) make it easy for the entire family and grant them ease and patience during these difficult times. Ameen!

IIT 20th Year Celebration: Logo design competition

Alhamdulillah, IIT is kicking off commemoration of its 20th year in education and community service with a logo design competition. The winning entry will be featured prominently throughout the year.

Contest Rules

  1. Utilising the current logo and additional elements, your design must capture the spirit of celebrating 20 years in education and community service
     Download current logo
  2. Must contain the tag line "education for virtuous living" and any additional, relevant wording
  3. Must be original work of the contestant, or group of contestants
  4. Must be submitted via email to celebrate20@islam.ca before midnight on Tuesday, February 9 (include your full name, phone number, etc.)
  5. All logos must be designed with the intention to be scaled
     - Images designed in a raster format (GIF, JPG, PNG, BMP, TIFF, PSD) will not be accepted.
     - Submissions must be no larger than 3MB and in a vector format (EPS, AI, PDF, SVG)
     - If you wish to submit multiple logos, please send separate emails
  6. If selected, IIT reserves the right to modify, publish and use without any claim or liability
  7. IIT reserves the right to showcase any or all logos received as part of this contest. This includes publishing on various media, including social media and inviting viewers to 'like' the published logo
  8. Contestant waives all rights to the artwork, including claim for monetary compensation
  9. IIT will make every effort to identify artwork with contestant where necessary
  10. The judges decision is final and there is no recourse, reconsideration or redress for a contestant if their work is not selected or showcased
  11. Competition is open to all ages and will not be judged based on age or gender
  12. Winning entry will be announced at the Family Day event at IIT on February 15, 2016. Winner will be notified in advance via email
  13. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the winning entry

Eventbrite - course registration

Free professional videography course: Feb. 8 - Mar. 28

(For brothers & sisters ages 14-20) This course will train youth in all aspects of videography - from pre-production, planning a video-shoot to lighting, editing and publishing. Participants agree that they will assist IIT with video-set up for classes and events. Registration required - limited spaces available

Tafseer session: Feb. 13, 6 pm

Join us for one of our flagship programs, where this Saturday, Shaikh Musleh Khan will discuss central concepts in the Qur'an. These sessions systematically explain the verses of the Holy Qur'an from the earliest sources.

IIT and ICNA partner to host Family Day event: Mon. Feb. 15

Malcolm X - his life & relevance today: Feb. 20, 7 pm

Halaqa with Shaikh Abdullah Hakim Quick. Please note that this program is for brothers and sisters, and we appreciate your assistance in bringing your family and friends. Separate sports & recreation for men and women after the program. Refreshments will be served.

Ulum-al-Qur'an class photos

Class full, but you can still register for on-line access.

Ulum-al-Qur'an: The science of the Qur'an - Shaikh Musleh Khan: Thurs. 7 pm

Islamic counselling service provided by IIT scholars

Shaikh Musleh Khan: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4-7 pm - preferably by appointment at musleh.khan@islam.ca

Shaikh Abdool Hamid: Mondays & Wednesdays 4-7 pm - preferably by appointment at iit@islam.ca

Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick: timings to be announced

Eventbrite - course registration

Winter semester

There are many classes available, on subjects ranging from introductory Arabic, Islamic history, to tajweed, and more! Review the class schedule for details.

Queries pertaining to online registration and access should be sent to registrar@islam.ca
Prayer (Salaah) - Shaikh Abdool Hamid: Mon. 7 pm
Fiqh-al-Seerah - Shaikh Abdullah Hakim Quick: Tues. 7 pm
Ulum-al-Qur'an: The science of the Qur'an - Shaikh Musleh Khan: Thurs. 7 pm
Giants of Islamic Civilization - part five - Shaikh Ahmad Kutty: Sun. 11:30 am (begins Feb. 21)

New Muslim Forum - Shaikh Abdullah Hakim Quick: Wed. 7 pm
Friday night adults' class - Shaikh Abdool Hamid: Fri. 6:30 pm
Beginner's tajweed (continuing class) - Sister Julie Lowe: Fri. 7 pm
Tafseer sessions - Shaikh Abdool Hamid: 2nd & 4th Sat. of the month, 6 pm
Arabic language - book 3 (continuing class) - Brother Khalid Raheem: Mondays, 7 pm - 10 pm
Advanced Arabic Language (continuing class) - Shaikh Abdool Hamid: Wednesdays, 7 pm - 9 pm
Intro. to Reading and Writing Arabic (course outline) - Fawaaz Safeek, Ayesha Amin Thurs. 7 pm

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New Muslim Forum: Wednesdays, 7 pm

These free sessions will be held in Room 236 adjacent to the library on the second floor. A relaxed encounter with new Muslims, explaining some of the core beliefs in Islam and answering their personal questions. We hope to see you there!

Free Math Tutoring (grades 8 - 12)

Sundays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm (Room 230)

To register, e-mail iityouthcouncil@gmail.com.

Sisters' Yoga: Fridays, 8 pm

Sisters yoga and volleyball has resumed on Fridays at 8 pm. Interested sisters can just drop-in or e-mail us at iityouthcouncil@gmail.com for more info.

Canada: a model for the Muslim world?

On presenting his new cabinet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced, "This is the Canada we have been building." Among others, the diverse cabinet included Jody Wilson-Raybould, an indigenous woman, Harjit Singh Sajjan of Sikh background and Maryam Monsef, a Muslim woman of Afghan origin. Through the formation of such a cabinet, Trudeau put into action his rallying sentiment "a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian."

The new Prime Minister's speeches and statements bode a positive outlook for the country, simultaneously upholding the values Canada has been known for abroad while reflecting the Canada of today, vibrant with diversity. This contrasts his predecessor's narrow focus at home and disregard for our traditional stature among nations. Continued...

Thank you, Canada. And thank you, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - Today, more than ever, I am proud to be a Canadian. Canadians have stood united to demonstrate that we are Canadians and that we believe in unity in diversity. Under its new leader, Justin Trudeau, Canadians have defeated those who appealed to raw emotions of racism, xenophobia, and bigotry to pit people against one another. Continued...
Let Us Stand Up for Canada - Canada is our home; it is the country we cherish for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren. So, we need to stand up for Canada. This raises the question: what does it mean to stand up for Canada? Continued...

Khutbah archive

For khutbah recordings & more, search for 'IIT' on iTunes and subscribe to our podcasts (or visit iit.podbean.com)

Children's evening madrassa

Focusing on fluency & recitation of the Qur'an according to the rules of tajwid. Registration done at IIT.

Sign-up on-line 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 on-line or submit a void cheque to the IIT.

IIT Academy

The IIT Academy is a registered private school with the Ontario Ministry of Education, and offers the full Ontario curriculum (JK - grade 8), as well as Islamic Studies, Arabic Language, Qur'an Recitation and French.

→  Visit iitacademy.ca for school news & registration information


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