Our deepest sympathies to the innocent people and their families in the Paris attack. Such actions are inhumane and certainly forbidden across all faiths. We hope the perpetrators will be brought to justice swiftly.
We sincerely hope that this will not spawn another wave of islamophobia, nor derail efforts to resettle refugees in Europe and North America. That would be ironic as this is what they have been fleeing from.
Muslims with Disabilities khutbah campaign: Dec. 4
On December 3, we mark the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Recognition of this day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The theme for 2015 is Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities.
To commemorate the day, CAM-D (Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities) and MDI (Muslims with Disabilities International) ask Imams and Khatibs to dedicate their Khutbas on Friday, December 4 to this theme.
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...
Syrian refugee support
The Islamic Institute of Toronto has been very active in supporting Syrian refugees since the conflict began a few years ago. We have collaborated with a number of relief organisations, locally and overseas, to make life a bit more comfortable for our brothers and sisters in refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and elsewhere. IIT has been instrumental in bringing a number of masaajid in the Toronto area together to work collaboratively on the resettlement of refugees in Canada. IIT is also working with organisations like Lifeline Syria and Bridges of Mercy to leverage additional resources to minimise the challenges associated with refugee resettlement.
1. Sponsorship: Bridges of Mercy has started the application process to sponsor 4 families from Lebanon and Turkey. These families have relatives in Toronto. Applications for a fifth family case will be submitted shortly.
We are currently looking to form groups to support government-sponsored families who will be arriving shortly in Toronto as well as to sponsor other families. Please let us know if you are interested in joining a group (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
2. Update on Benefit Dinner: Thank you for your generous donations to the Bridges of Mercy Benefit Dinner on October 31, 2015. Your kind contribution has allowed us to sponsor Syrian refugee families to come to Canada. A capacity crowd of over 550 people attended the benefit event and there was an outpouring of generosity with over $77,000 donated at the dinner. These donations have allowed the Bridges of Mercy Refugee Sponsorship Fund to grow to over $221,000 in a very short time and donations are still being received.
We could not have achieved this without the overwhelming response and kindness from people like you. Please accept our most sincere thanks. May Allah reward you for your contribution.
3. In-Kind Donations: We have received expressions of interest from people to provide in-kind donations (household items, clothing etc) to assist the families. Very shortly, we will be sending out a detailed list of items that you can donate.
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.
Shaikh Musleh Khan
IIT is pleased to welcome Shaikh Musleh Khan as one of its resident scholars. Shaikh Musleh has completed his studies Islamic University of Madinah and has been an active and dynamic speaker, khateeb and teacher at many institutions locally and abroad. As a young scholar, Shaikh Musleh will assist IIT in extending its core objective of education to a younger demographic. Shaikh Musleh will be available at IIT on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 - 9:30 p.m. Please e-mail us at email@example.com if you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss any youth-related issues.
United together - hosting the people of Peterborough
[2015-11-21] Thanks to all who attended this program in support of the Muslim community in Peterborough. Shaikh Shazim Khan summed up the feeling perfectly when he said that as human beings we are called upon to promote good and kindness and to reject hate. He thanked the communities of Peterborough and Toronto for their overwhelming acts of kindness and support. [photo gallery]
Toronto Mayor John Tory and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade Michael Chan have sent letters of support and solidarity with IIT and the people of Peterborough in our community building efforts. Thank you Mayor Tory [view letter] and Minister Chan [view letter]!
A massive earthquake, which measured 7.5 on the Richter scale, has resulted in the death of over 300 people and has injured and displaced thousands more. The disaster has mainly devastated regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan and affected areas are now feeling after shocks and tremors. Islamic Relief disasters teams in Pakistan and Afghanistan have mobilized to begin delivering aid. We need your help now to ensure we can respond fast and reach more people.
The IIT expresses sympathies to the victims and their families, and prays that Allah eases their suffering. We encourage everyone to donate through registered charities such as Islamic Relief, IDRF and others.
MAX Gala Scholarships: Dec. 31 application deadline
MAX aims to establish and conduct a large sophisticated annual high end gala event, attended by our community, outside guests, and media, with an Oscars-like announcement of finalists and award winners for:
• 3 Platinum Achievement Awards - recognizing selected significant achievements and contributions to Canadian society by professionals and other members of society (doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, journalists, educators, politicians, etc.)
• 3 MAX Hall of Fame Awards - MAX Person of the Year, Charity of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year
• 6 Sponsored Scholarships totalling $30,000 - to be awarded to high achieving university and high school students
There are many classes available, on subjects ranging from Arabic grammar, Islamic history, to tajweed, and more! Review the class schedule for details.Please note that while some classes are streamed live on-line, most can only be accessed in person at the IIT.
→ These are just a few highlights, please review the class schedule for details on all classes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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.
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
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...
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.