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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 Final Event

IIT is pleased to have Imam Dr. Zijad Delic as a visiting scholar on Friday, October 31 as our final Islamic History Month event.

Dr. Delic will be leading the Friday prayers and will have a special discussion session with teachers from 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Friday at the IIT (Room 232).

The session will focus on how teachers can integrate critical concepts about citizenship in various strands of the curriculum based on the work he has done defining a constructive integration of Muslims in Canadian society. The discussion is relevant to the contemporary reality of Muslims in Canada, especially in light of the recent killing of a reservist at the Canadian War Memorial and current debates about radicalization, terrorism, civil rights and social justice. We encourage schools to send teacher representatives.

Imam Zijad will also have a session with MSA executives at UTSC, followed by a special meeting with Board and Committee Members of IIT.

Toronto celebrates Islamic History Month

October is Islamic History Month in Canada (IHMC) and community groups across Toronto are showcasing Muslim contributions to the world.

"Bridge-building with understanding is one of the goals of IHMC," states the IHMC website. "More importantly, at a time when Muslim are being perceived as the 'other', it's a time dedicated to showcasing Muslims' contributions to humanity many may not be aware of. Continued...

Sri Lankan community dinner for Islamic History Month

Sat. Oct. 25: SAILAN Muslim Foundation's event at Islamic Institute of Toronto was impressive with Muslim scholars sharing the podium with members of parliament. A message of unity in diversity, respect, peace and love for everyone.

IIT to showcase at Toronto International Book Fair: November 13 - 16

We are honoured to be invited to showcase our education programs at the Toronto International Book Fair, from November 13 - 16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In addition we will be displaying several books by Canadian Muslim authors - Dr. Hamid Slimi, Shaikh Ahmad Kutty, Dr. Kathy Bullock, Dr. Zijad Delic, Haroon Siddiqui, Dr. Jasser Auda, Sr. Wahida Valiante and others. Visit us in the HUB at Booth H30, tickets available at torontobookfair.ca. The Book Fair features workshops for children and teachers, as well as author readings and presentations.

Qur'an Recitation: Open Course for Brothers

This open course will focus on reciting the Qur'an with the rules of Tajweed and is intended for brothers who already have a background in Tajweed and can recite the Qur'an with some amount of fluency.

Sundays, 7 pm | Instructor: Shaikh Saeed Gharsudeen | Cost: Free

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

Wednesdays, 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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IIT welcomes deaf Muslim delegation from Dubai, Germany and Alberta

On Tuesday, several deaf Muslims from Dubai, Germany and Alberta, visited the IIT and participated in Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick's class 'Deeper Roots' and were given a tour of our facilities. The visit was organized by Disability Coordinator Sr. Amtul Hussain.

Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday (Nov. 2)

Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night. Jumah khutbah will be at 1 pm starting next week (Nov. 7) inshallah.

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...

Sat. Oct. 25: IIT Youth Council fall hike

On October 25, IIT Youth Council led a remarkable Hike for youths in Taylor Creek Park. Wonderful Fall colours dominate these beautiful photos.

Islam and the Environment - '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.

Originally broadcast on Oct. 23, now available as a podcast on the 'Ideas' website.

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.

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.

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.
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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.

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