Friday July 1

Living the Quran

خُلُقَ نَبِيِّ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ الْقُرْآن
Verily, the character of the Prophet of Allah was the Quran.
-Sahih Muslim

The Prophet Muhammad SAW was the walking Quran. Every word that was revealed to him was internalized and depicted through his character and demeanor. What does this mean to us, centuries later? How can we become familiar and comfortable with the Quran, internalize it’s message and make the Quran the companion of our heart and our souls, and way of life?

Stream: Understanding Islam

Taimiyah Zubair & Dr. Jasser Auda 

The Ins and Outs of Islamic Parenting

وَأَصْلِحْ لِي فِي ذُرِّيَّتِي ۖ إِنِّي تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ
” And instil righteousness in my offspring. I truly repent to You, and I truly submit ˹to Your Will”’

The greatest job title to have on the resume of life is parenthood. As you await their birth, or their first steps, their graduation ceremonies, or walking them down the aisle, parenthood is not for the faint of heart. Equipping your children with a heart filled with Iman and resilience to take on this world is a lifelong journey for parents of every girl and boy. Every step of the way brings its own unique challenges and the Quran and Sunnah give us answers of how to thrive as we strive to raise our children in accordance with what pleases our Creator. This session will dig deaper into the Islamic approach to parenting and provide unique strategies on how to parent both boys and girls through the different phases of their lives.

Stream: Familly

Dr. Sameera Ahmed & Dr. Tayyab Rashid 

Finding the Path: Reflect, Rethink & Reorient

قُلْ هَـٰذِهِۦ سَبِيلِىٓ أَدْعُوٓا۟ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ ۚ عَلَىٰ بَصِيرَةٍ أَنَا۠ وَمَنِ ٱتَّبَعَنِى ۖ وَسُبْحَـٰنَ ٱللَّهِ وَمَآ أَنَا۠ مِنَ ٱلْمُشْرِكِينَ
Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “This is my way. I invite to Allah with insight—I and those who follow me. Glory be to Allah, and I am not one of the polytheists.”

When was the last time you stopped, dropped and reoriented? Oftentimes, when we are in the thick of things, vision and focus become blurry and purpose becomes marred by distractions that have made their way onto the main path. We need to consistently stop and reflect on the essence of the path, how to remain steadfast on this path, and how to align all facets of our lives with this path. How do we ensure that as a Muslim community we rise above the many challenges, distractions, and conflicting narratives that surround us, and emerge on the path of clarity and truth? In a society of many perspectives and orientations, what are some practical ways to have Bayinnah and to we regain clarity in our purpose and in our actions?

Stream: Youth

Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam Suhaib Webb & Sh. Ahmed Khalil

Afflictions Across the Ummah: Behind the Scenes of Relief Organizations

المؤمن للمؤمن كالبنيان، يشد بعضه بعضا
‘The believers are like a building, they support and strengthen each other’
~Sahih Bukhari

Have questions about work on the ground in places that need it most? Learn more about the relief organizations that convert your dollars to duty through services and food for those suffering from voilence, natural disasters and corruption. This session will focus on the role of relief organizations locally and internationally and the duty that each of us have towards our brothers and sisters who are suffering around the world.

Stream: Ummah

Panel of Relief Organizations

How to be a Productive Muslim?

وَٱلْعَصْرِ ١ إِنَّ ٱلْإِنسَـٰنَ لَفِى خُسْرٍ ٢ إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا۟ بِٱلْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا۟ بِٱلصَّبْرِ ٣
By the ˹passage of˺ time! Surely humanity is in ˹grave˺ loss, except those who have faith, do good, and urge each other to the truth, and urge each other to perseverance.

Our life is a journey of merging who we are and who we want to be. As Muslims, the question that drives us is how do we become better versions of ourselves to ultimetly gain the pleasure of Allah SWT? We each have a responsibility to be on a continuous path of self-development and growth in all areas of our lives. Learn tips from Abu Productive himself and what it means to be in pursuit of the barakah culture while removing yourself from the hustle culture we are constantly bombarded by.

Stream: Professionals

Mohammed Faris & Sh. Mohammad Zahid

Muslims in Public Policy Advocacy: Perspective & Practical Tools

وَٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنَـٰتُ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَآءُ بَعْضٍۢ ۚ يَأْمُرُونَ بِٱلْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ ٱلْمُنكَرِ
The believers, both men and women, are guardians of one another. They encourage good and forbid evil

We take the example of the Prophet (SAW) and how he was always engaged in the matters pertaining to his people and the betterment of society as a whole. How can we follow his footsteps and lead our community in critical times? This session will dig deaper into the role do Muslim Canadians and how they can contribute, through advocacy, to influence public policy that impact the Muslim community and the wider Canadian society.

Stream: Civic Engagement

Omar Raza & Asma Bala

History of Islam & Muslims in Canada

هُوَ أَنشَأَكُم مِّنَ ٱلْأَرْضِ وَٱسْتَعْمَرَكُمْ فِيهَا فَٱسْتَغْفِرُوهُ ثُمَّ تُوبُوٓا۟ إِلَيْهِ ۚ إِنَّ رَبِّى قَرِيبٌۭ مُّجِيبٌۭ
He ˹is the One Who˺ produced you from the earth and settled you on it. So seek His forgiveness and turn to Him in repentance. Surely my Lord is Ever Near, All-Responsive ˹to prayers˺.”

Contrary to popular belief, Islam and Muslims have deep roots in Canada, with Islamic presence emerging 150 years ago. Stories of immigration onto the Northern land began way back, and are a testament to what Canada represents. Who were the early Muslims, what role did they play, and how did their understanding of Islam shape the presence of Muslim organisations and Islam in this country today?

Stream: Dawah

Dr. Jamal Badawi, Sh. Ismael Mukhtar & Dr. Anver Emon

أهمية الحفاظ على اللغة العربية Importance of Preserving the Arabic Language (Ar + Translation)

{نَزَلَ بِهِ الرُّوحُ الأمِينُ ۝
عَلَى قَلْبِكَ لِتَكُونَ مِنَ الْمُنْذِرِينَ ۝
بِلِسَانٍ عَرَبِيٍّ مُبِينٍ}
اللّغة العربيَّة من أقدم اللغات، وهي لغة القرآن والسنة النبويَّة.
قال عمر -رضي الله عنه-: “تفقهوا في السنة، وتفقهوا في اللغة العربية، وأعربوا القرآن فإنه عربي”.

وقال “تعلموا العربية فإنها تزيد في المروءة”،
قال شيخ الإسلام: “وهذا الذي أمر به عمر -رضي الله عنه- من فقه العربية وفقه الشريعة يجمع ما يحتاج إليه؛ لأن الدّين فيه أقوال وأعمال، ففقه العربية هو الطريق إلى فقه أقواله، والسنة هو الطريق إلى فقه أعماله”
كيف تحيا الأمَّة بإحياء لغتها والحفاظ على العربية؟؟
كيف نتغلب على صعوبات تعلم اللغة العربية في البلاد الغير عربية؟

Stream: Scholars Reflections

Dr. Nashaat Ahmed & Dr. Ali-Alhalawani

Unlearning, Critical Thinking & Ijtihad: Adopting an Islamic Approach to Thinking

بِٱلْبَيِّنَـٰتِ وَٱلزُّبُرِ ۗ وَأَنزَلْنَآ إِلَيْكَ ٱلذِّكْرَ لِتُبَيِّنَ لِلنَّاسِ مَا نُزِّلَ إِلَيْهِمْ وَلَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ
˹We sent them˺ with clear proofs and divine Books. And We have sent down to you ˹O Prophet˺ the Reminder, so that you may explain to people what has been revealed for them, and perhaps they will reflect. (16:44)

Islam has a very unique approach to critical thinking that stems from a God-centered worldview. How can Muslims view the world through through this critical lense, unlearn when needed, and deconstruct the continuously changing ideas around them? It is through the deep reflection and application of this unique understanding that we as a community will rise above the many challenges, distractions, and conflicting narratives that surround us, and emerge on the path of clarity, truth, steadfastness, excellence, and success.

From Sole to Soul-Mate – Preparing for Marriage

هُوَ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَٰحِدَةٍ وَجَعَلَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا لِيَسْكُنَ إِلَيْهَا ۖ
“It is He who created you from one soul and created from it its mate that he might dwell in security with her… ” (7:189)

Within the Islamic framework, the family is the primary social and foundational unit of society, and this begins with a healthy marriage. Thriving in the path of Allah(swt) requires us to build marriages, homes and families that are strong, steadfast, and thrive through the chaos of the life of this world based on the pure and true foundation and connection to Allah(swt).

Developing Strong Youth Leadership

وَقُلِ ٱعْمَلُوا۟ فَسَيَرَى ٱللَّهُ عَمَلَكُمْ وَرَسُولُهُۥ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ ۖ وَسَتُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ عَـٰلِمِ ٱلْغَيْبِ وَٱلشَّهَـٰدَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
And say, “Work, for Allah will see your work, as will His Messenger and the believers, and then you will be returned to the Knower of the hidden realm and the manifest, and He will inform you of what you used to do.”(9:105)

You’ve made it on the MSA exec roster! Congratulations. Well, that was the easy part. Do you have a vision of how the MSA can make change on your campus? Do you think that with your leadership, the MSA can actually be more than a once-a-year iftar dinner, but more of a journey of faith building and enrichment for students? This hands-on workshop will guide you to become that leader.

Creative Grassroots Advocacy – Start a Campaign Now

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُونُوا۟ قَوَّٰمِينَ لِلَّهِ شُهَدَآءَ بِٱلْقِسْطِ ۖ
O believers! Stand firm for Allah and bear true testimony (5: 8)

Allah SWT tells us that standing with justice and being just is closer to taqwa. Since the beginning of time, our Prophet has been an advocate for the social injustices that were prevalent in the days of Jahilliya. He stood up for the oppressed and the vulnerable, despite their status, colour, age or nationality. In the Quran, we are given a blueprint for what it means to be just. How does advocacy for social justice look like with respect to the Quran and the Sunnah?

Media and Muslims

مَنْ رَأَى مِنْكُمْ مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُغَيِّرْهُ بِيَدِهِ فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الْإِيمَانِ
“Whoever among you sees evil, let him change it with his hand. If he is unable to do so, then with his tongue. If he is unable to do so, then with his heart, and that is the weakest level of faith.”
~Sahih Muslim

Positive Media representation of Muslims has been subpar over the past few decades. Victimized and villianzed, Islam has always been targeted and critized for actions that are not defined by its teachings. However, with more Muslims in the media, there has been a shift, with us reclaiming and owning our own voices rather than lending it to the interpretation of others. Learn about the importance of Muslims in the Media, challenges, and where this can lead us next?

Tackling Structural Islamophobia

وَلَا تَسْتَوِى ٱلْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا ٱلسَّيِّئَةُ ۚ ٱدْفَعْ بِٱلَّتِى هِىَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا ٱلَّذِى بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُۥ عَدَٰوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُۥ وَلِىٌّ حَمِيمٌ
Good and evil cannot be equal. Respond ˹to evil˺ with what is best, then the one you are in a feud with will be like a close friend.

We often think of Islamophobia in its manifestation of anti-Muslim hate such as hate incidents and crimes. But Islamophobia has existed for years in a more structural form in government agencies. Whether it is profiling of Muslim Canadians entering their own country, within law enforcement agencies and their view to Muslims through a national security lens, or the CRA’s attempts to police faith. What can be done to tackle structural Islamophobia ?

Addressing Islamophobia Head-on: A deep-dive into Effective Islam Awareness Strategies

ٱدْعُ إِلَىٰ سَبِيلِ رَبِّكَ بِٱلْحِكْمَةِ وَٱلْمَوْعِظَةِ ٱلْحَسَنَةِ ۖ وَجَـٰدِلْهُم بِٱلَّتِى هِىَ أَحْسَنُ ۚ
Invite ˹all˺ to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and kind advice, and only debate with them in the best manner.

Do billboard signs really work, or is a samosa along with a brochure more effective? What are some of the ways that we can bring awareness to Islam at our institutions or workplaces in a more creative way? What are some tips and tricks that have been tested with time, proven to move the needle and bring about some change?

Contemporary Fiqh Issues and Q&A (Eng)

فَاسْأَلُواْ أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِن كُنتُمْ لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ
then ask those who have knowledge ˹of the Scriptures˺. (29:7)

From the time of Prophet Muhammad SAW, fiqh has become a dynamic force for fulfilling the needs of the Muslim Ummah of various times and places. With time, changes and developments in human civilization make way for new issues that do not have resolutions in classical fiqh. What kind of approaches can we take and where does the framework for guidance in Usul-ul-fiqh place a hard stop? This session will look at contemporary fiqh issues and will provide oppurtunity for question and answer around important issues.

Session 1: Iqamat Al-Deen: The Muslim's Role & Purpose


وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلَـٰٓئِكَةِ إِنِّى جَاعِلٌۭ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةًۭ ۖ
˹Remember˺ when your Lord said to the angels, “I am going to place a successive ˹human˺ authority on earth.”

Allah SWT created the angels, whose sole purpose was to obey the command of Allah SWT. Then, Allah created humans- the Khulafa who possess free will, and have the creation of Allah at their disposal. What does this word encompass and how does it translate to our actions, our identity, and sense of purpose as Muslims on this earth?
This session will explote our individual and collective role to uphold the religion of Islam in all spaces (iqamat-aldin), by promoting justice, compassion, human dignity, and reform in the greater community.


Br. Fadel Soliman

Session 2: Positively Engaging in a Society of Multiple Worldviews

وَقُلِ ٱعْمَلُوا۟ فَسَيَرَى ٱللَّهُ عَمَلَكُمْ وَرَسُولُهُۥ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ ۖ وَسَتُرَدُّونَ إِلَىٰ عَـٰلِمِ ٱلْغَيْبِ وَٱلشَّهَـٰدَةِ فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ
And say, “Work, for Allah will see your work, as will His Messenger and the believers, and then you will be returned to the Knower of the hidden realm and the manifest, and He will inform you of what you used to do.”(9:105)

We live in a world of mutliple paradigms, perspectives and value systems. Critically recognizing and deconstructing alternate paradigms that contradict with the Islam is imperative to every Muslim. Although this clarity of purpose is important, a Muslim’s role is not to isolate, but rather to actively and positively engage in society.
This session focusses on building an understanding of how to contribute to a thriving Canada through various spheres of justice, civic engagement and social contributions, while uphoalding our Islamic values.

Dr. Dalia Fahmy

Session 3: Islam & Life Youth Edition

Hosts: Abdurrahman Muni and Rana ElFayez
Building Muslim Youth identity: Izza, Resilience & Wellbeing
Saad Tasleem, Dunia Shuaib & Nimao Ali

وَجَـٰهِدُوا۟ فِى ٱللَّهِ حَقَّ جِهَادِهِۦ ۚ هُوَ ٱجْتَبَىٰكُمْ وَمَا جَعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِى ٱلدِّينِ مِنْ حَرَجٍۢ ۚ مِّلَّةَ أَبِيكُمْ إِبْرَٰهِيمَ ۚ هُوَ سَمَّىٰكُمُ ٱلْمُسْلِمِينَ مِن قَبْلُ وَفِى هَـٰذَا لِيَكُونَ ٱلرَّسُولُ شَهِيدًا عَلَيْكُمْ وَتَكُونُوا۟ شُهَدَآءَ عَلَى ٱلنَّاسِ ۚ
Strive for ˹the cause of˺ Allah in the way He deserves, for ˹it is˺ He ˹Who˺ has chosen you, and laid upon you no hardship in the religion—the way of your forefather Abraham. ˹It is Allah˺ Who named you ‘Muslimeen’ ˹in the˺ earlier ˹Scriptures˺ and in this ˹Quran˺, so that the Messenger may be a witness over you, and that you may be witnesses over humanity. 22:78

With multiple intersectionalities from our various roles, identity building can become complicated and altogether messy. Add age to the mix, and it becomes a challenge like no other. For Muslims, our core identity, our primary sense of belonging, that of which is most intrinsic in my heart is: Abdullah – being in servitude to Allah SWT. How can our Islamic worldview and our understanding of our roles and responsibilities help build resilience and overall wellbeing – leading to strengthening and uplifting our Muslim identity? How do we project this identity outworldly with Izza (pride) through our actions, our behaviours, and our interactions with our surroundings? This session digs deeper into the concept of identity and how to strengthen our identity, refining it and aligning it with the love of Allah SWT.

Session 4: Stepping Back into the Path: Repentance and Returning to Allah

۞ قُلْ يَـٰعِبَادِىَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا۟ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا۟ مِن رَّحْمَةِ ٱللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ ٱلذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ ٱلْغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ
Say, ˹O Prophet, that Allah says,˺ “O My servants who have exceeded the limits against their souls! Do not lose hope in Allah’s mercy, for Allah certainly forgives all sins. He is indeed the All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.(39:53)

When Allah SWT commanded the angels to bow down to Adam AS, all angels complied except Shaytan. When Adam AS was commanded not to eat from a particular tree, he erred and was stripped of the eternal abode and sent down to earth. One mistake, two paths. Allah SWT granted humans free will, a quality that no other living creature possesses. It comes with a responsibility that is entrusted to us, and that is to keep ourselves firm on His path. When turbulence hits and our hearts dip into the darkness, there is one way out. How can we always remind ourselves to seek repentance? This session will provide practical ways to open our hearts and return to Allah after falling off the path.

Dr. Rateb AlNabulsi (Ar + translation)

Saturday July 2

Distinguishing between Islam and Other Paradigms

ٱلْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِى وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ ٱلْإِسْلَـٰمَ دِينًۭا ۚ
Today I have perfected your faith for you, completed My favour upon you, and chosen Islam as your way.(5:3)

Humans adopt worldviews in order to further their quest of finding the truth and make sense of the world around them. The philosophies and worldviews that allow us to better understand our realities have influenced the intellectual mind but also are limited in their scope. How does the Islamic worldview compare to these other worldviews? As other fallacies are criticized for their shortcomings, where does Islam fill in the gaps? Islam provides a very unique framework that is comprehensive, balanced, and applicable to all spheres of life.

He Perfected Your Religion: Fulfilling Your Role as Muslim Women

مَنْ عَمِلَ صَـٰلِحًۭا مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌۭ فَلَنُحْيِيَنَّهُۥ حَيَوٰةًۭ طَيِّبَةًۭ ۖ وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْرَهُم بِأَحْسَنِ مَا كَانُوا۟ يَعْمَلُونَ
Whoever does good, whether male or female, and is a believer, We will surely bless them with a good life, and We will certainly reward them according to the best of their deeds. (16:97)

As times change, societal norms and ideologies change. With that, the never ending struggle to keep up with industries that objectify women for their gains never wanes. Islam and its timeless message abolishes the endless rat race and centers around striving to please the One, the only constant in our life. A Muslim’s women identity is not defined in comparison to men, rather it is defined by her relationship with Allah. What is life like for a woman whose heart and life is weaved together with the thread of Iman and Taqwa? How does this manifest inwardly and outwardly?

Agents of Change: The Role of Muslim Youth Today

اغْتَنِمْ خَمْسًا قَبْلَ خَمْسٍ شَبَابَكَ قَبْلَ هَرَمِكَ
“Take advantage of five before five: your youth before your old age

The role of youth in Islam was always centralized with a plethora of young men and women holding the reigns of the faith. Throughout the Seerah and Islamic history, adolescents lead expeditions, were key in the Hijrah and overall were crucial in the propagation of the Message. Likewise, the youth of today are the backbone of the society, and the future of positive change. What does the role of the Muslim youth look like today and how can their mission be embedded with the drive to please Allah SWT?

Ummah Issues: Muslims Living Under Colonization

يَقُولَ الرَّسُولُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ مَعَهُ مَتَى نَصْرُ اللّهِ أَلا إِنَّ نَصْرَ اللّهِ قَرِيبٌ
The Messenger and the believers with him cried out, “When will Allah’s help come?” Indeed, Allah’s help is ˹always˺ near. (2: 214)

Living under oppressive colonization, Muslims living in some parts of the world are constantly repressed and otherized. Decades of living under settler colonial regimes, Palestine and Kashmir have often gone under the Ummah radar. How can we as Muslims create change in these nations that have always been labeled as ‘complex’?

Situating Economic & Financial Approaches Within the Islamic Framework

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلرُّسُلُ كُلُوا۟ مِنَ ٱلطَّيِّبَـٰتِ وَٱعْمَلُوا۟ صَـٰلِحًا ۖ إِنِّى بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ عَلِيمٌ
O messengers! Eat from what is good and lawful, and act righteously. Indeed, I fully know what you do.(23:51)

The world of finances and investments is always evolving. With new ways to invest your money come new rulings and measures. How can we keep up with these methods and maintain a stronghold on the Islamic viewpoint? Are many of these Shariah-compliant methods just renamed versions of their counterparts?

A Call to Action: Responsibilities of the Muslim Community Towards Political Engagement

“مَنْ رَأَى مِنْكُمْ مُنْكَرًا فَلْيُغَيِّرْهُ بِيَدِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِلِسَانِهِ، فَإِنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَبِقَلْبِهِ، وَذَلِكَ أَضْعَفُ الْإِيمَانِ”
“Whosoever of you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart—and that is the weakest of faith.”
~Sahih Muslim

Government policies impact the lives of Canadians in so many ways. Policy making is heavily influenced by interest groups, political agendas, and the voices of those who are heard. . To make change, our voices not only need to be heard externally, but need to be present within the rooms where policies are architected. To witness change, Muslims need to be on the forefront and uphold this responsibility of political engagement. How can we do so without compromising our Islamic worldview in a world muted by ‘political correctness’?

The Universal Message of Islam to Humanity

قُلْ يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلنَّاسُ إِنِّى رَسُولُ ٱللَّهِ إِلَيْكُمْ جَمِيعًا ٱلَّذِى لَهُۥ مُلْكُ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ ۖ لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ يُحْىِۦ وَيُمِيتُ ۖ فَـَٔامِنُوا۟ بِٱللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ ٱلنَّبِىِّ ٱلْأُمِّىِّ ٱلَّذِى يُؤْمِنُ بِٱللَّهِ وَكَلِمَـٰتِهِۦ وَٱتَّبِعُوهُ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “O humanity! I am Allah’s Messenger to you all. To Him ˹alone˺ belongs the kingdom of the heavens and the earth. (7:158)

Islam came as a message for every time and every place. It is a timeless message with solutions to problems for every individual and societies as a whole. Islam provides a very unique framework that is universal, comprehensive, balanced, and applicable to all times and all places. Indeed it is the purpose of every Muslim to worship Allah SWT, be ambassadors of truth, and spread the message of Islam to all humanity, according to what pleases Allah SWT.

بيان الطريق الى الله Finding the Path of Allah (Ar + Translation)

﴿قُلَ اَغَيْرَ اللَّهِ أَبْغِي رَبًّا وَهُوَ رَبُّ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ﴾
الطَّريق إلى الله هي غاية ما ننشده في هذه الحياة، والطَّريق إلى الله سبيلُ النَّجاة.
قال ابن القيم : الرب تعالى يدعو عباده في القرآن إلى معرفته عن طريقين: أحدهما: النظر في مفعولاته، والثاني: التفكر في آياته وتدبرها، فتلك آياته المشهودة، وهذه آياته المسموعة المعقولة.
وفي الفتاوى الحديثية لابن حجر الهيتمي : الطريق في معرفة الله تعالى النظر في مخلوقاته، إذ لو أمكن تحصيلها بطريق آخر أسهل من ذلك لسلكه إبراهيم عليه السلام.
معرفة الله فرض ، فرض لسعادة الإنسان ، كيف نعرفه ؟ الله سبحانه وتعالى لا تدركه الأبصار ، كيف السبيل إلى معرفته ؟
ما هي الأسس التي ينبغي أن يُقيم عليها العبد سيرهُ إلى الله تعالى، وبها يكون الثبــات والاستقامة؟


The 21st Century Civilizational Project of Islam

أُنزِلَ فِيهِ ٱلْقُرْءَانُ هُدًۭى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَـٰتٍۢ مِّنَ ٱلْهُدَىٰ وَٱلْفُرْقَانِ ۚ
the Quran was revealed as a guide for humanity with clear proofs of guidance and the standard ˹to distinguish between right and wrong˺.(2:185)

Islam came as a cure for every time and every place. It is a timeless message with solutions to problems for every individual and societies as a whole. Where does Islam fit in today’s world and how can we turn to the words of Allah SWT for guidan on the problem that society faces today? Understanding the essence of the Islam, how to remain steadfast on this path, and how to align all facets of our lives with this path will lead to god-centeredness, strength, resilience, firmness in truth, and ultimately success as individuals, community and the Muslim Ummah

Family as Society’s Foundational Institution – An Islamic Worldview

وَهُوَ ٱلَّذِى خَلَقَ مِنَ ٱلْمَآءِ بَشَرًا فَجَعَلَهُۥ نَسَبًا وَصِهْرًا ۗ وَكَانَ رَبُّكَ قَدِيرًا
And He is the One Who creates human beings from a ˹humble˺ liquid,1 then establishes for them bonds of kinship and marriage. For your Lord is Most Capable.

The family unit is the backbone to prosperous communities and preservation of the Ummah. We must focus on understanding and supporting every segment of the family to be strong, steadfast, and thrive through the chaos of the life of this world and build stable system of life based on the pure and true foundation and connection to Allah(swt).
How does the Islamic worldview of family shape our future and how do our communities benefit from the stability of healthy homes?

Me, Myself and Allah: From Self-Centred to Allah-Centred

قُلْ إِنَّ صَلَاتِى وَنُسُكِى وَمَحْيَاىَ وَمَمَاتِى لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ
Say, “Surely my prayer, my worship, my life, and my death are all for Allah—Lord of all worlds.(6:162)

In a world where “you do you” has become the official car bumper sticker, self-centeredness has occupied our hearts and minds. As we belong to various spheres, how can we balance the interests of our communities and societies while meeting our own needs as well. How can we shift our focus and become people of rabbaniyah (God-centeredness)?

Ummah Issue – Muslims Under Extreme Conditions

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱصْبِرُوا۟ وَصَابِرُوا۟ وَرَابِطُوا۟ وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
O believers! Patiently endure, persevere, stand on guard,and be mindful of Allah, so you may be successful. (3:200)

The number of refugees and displaced people worldwide is nearing the 100 million mark. Millions of people left and continue to leave their homes, and all they have known, for safety and a better future. What can Muslims do collectively to alleviate our brothers and sister’s pains from the uncertainty of beginning a new life and how can we be a source of relief for them?

Career Growth without Compromise: Grounding Goals, Aspirations, & Priorities as a Muslim

فَإِذَا قُضِيَتِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةُ فَٱنتَشِرُوا۟ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ وَٱبْتَغُوا۟ مِن فَضْلِ ٱللَّهِ وَٱذْكُرُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ كَثِيرًا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ
Once the prayer is over, disperse throughout the land and seek the bounty of Allah. And remember Allah often so you may be successful. (62:10)

Do you dream of becoming a partner of your firm? Or an intern-turned-CEO? Whether it’s climbing the corporate ladder, or growing your career, sometimes it comes with a hefty price. How can you be on the path of growth without compromising your Muslim identity? What are some ways to stay grounded in your faith while also attaining high ranks?

Countering Racial Profiling and Systemic Discrimination

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ أَلَا إِنَّ رَبَّكُمْ وَاحِدٌ وَإِنَّ أَبَاكُمْ وَاحِدٌ أَلَا لَا فَضْلَ لِعَرَبِيٍّ عَلَى أَعْجَمِيٍّ وَلَا لِعَجَمِيٍّ عَلَى عَرَبِيٍّ وَلَا لِأَحْمَرَ عَلَى أَسْوَدَ وَلَا أَسْوَدَ عَلَى أَحْمَرَ إِلَّا بِالتَّقْوَى أَبَلَّغْتُ
“O people, your Lord is one and your father Adam is one. There is no favor of an Arab over a foreigner, nor a foreigner over an Arab, and neither white skin over black skin, nor black skin over white skin, except by righteousness. Have I not delivered the message?
(Musnad Ahmad)

Discrimination and racial profiling has long been a societal ill. What remedies are offered to us from the Seerah and how does our alignment with our faith challenge and tackle discrimination? How can our communities counter racial profiling?

Challenges on the Path of Da’wah

فَإِنْ حَآجُّوكَ فَقُلْ أَسْلَمْتُ وَجْهِىَ لِلَّهِ وَمَنِ ٱتَّبَعَنِ ۗ
So if they argue with you ˹O Prophet˺, say, “I have submitted myself to Allah, and so have my followers.”(3:20)

The path of dawah is strewn with challenges and obstacles, whether external or from within. The Prophet Muhammad SAW faced words and slurs, physical and emotional abuse, because of this message. The path of dawah today comes with its own set of obstacles. How can we learn to understand the challenges and overcome them in a way that won’t minimize our objectives and values? What are some tools we can equip ourselves with to be better prepared?

الاستقامة على الطريق Staying on the Path

{إِنَّ الَّذِينَ قَالُوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ اسْتَقَامُوا تَتَنَزَّلُ عَلَيْهِمُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ أَلَّا تَخَافُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَبْشِرُوا بِالْجَنَّةِ الَّتِي كُنتُمْ تُوعَدُونَ}

الاستقامة سلوك الصراط المستقيم ، وهو الدّين القيم.
المؤمن مطالب بالاستقامة الدائمة ، ولذلك يسألها ربه في كل ركعة من صلاته : { أهدنا الصراط المستقيم }، ولما كان من طبيعة الإنسان أنه قد يقصر في فعل المأمور ، أو اجتناب المحظور ، وهذا خروج عن الاستقامة ، أرشده الشرع إلى ما يعيده لطريق الاستقامة ، فقال تعالى مشيراً إلى ذلك : { فاستقيموا إليه واستغفروه }.
كيف أستقيم ؟ وما السبيل لذلك ؟ وما هي الوسائل المعينة للثبات على هذا الدين حتى الممات ؟

Understanding the Sunnah & Living the Seerah

لَّقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِى رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌۭ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَٱلْيَوْمَ ٱلْـَٔاخِرَ وَذَكَرَ
Indeed, in the Messenger of Allah you have an excellent example for whoever has hope in Allah and the Last Day (33:21)

How well versed are you in the Seerah? If someone threw a few names and events at you, would you be able to discuss their significance and what role they played in the life of the Prophet and the message? What kind of approach do we need to take when we learn about the Seerah and the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (saw)? And more importantly, how do we effectively apply this learning to our daily lives?

Faith-Mental health Connection: Muslim Women Holistic Wellbeing

إنَّ لنَفْسِكَ عليكَ حقًّا،
“Your body (yourself) has a right over you”
~Sahih Tirmidhi

The self-care industry has ballooned over the past few years and is now worth an estimated $450 billion. As a Muslim woman, self care has deaper more holistic meaning. What role does faith play in a Muslim women’s overall wellbeing? What does wellbeing even mean? Does improving our connection with Allah allow everything else to align? Should you first care for your physical and mental wellbeing before matters of the heart, or do they go hand in hand? How can my faith and relationship with Allah SWT allow me to value myself and boost my overall prosperity? This session will discuss these questions and the realities around them.

Building a Generation of Resilient & Strong Muslim Youth

رَبِّ ٱجْعَلْنِى مُقِيمَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِى ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَآءِ
My Lord! Make me and those ˹believers˺ of my descendants keep up prayer. Our Lord! Accept my prayers (14:40)

Islamophobia, social media, identity issues, and community contributions are all realities that Muslim youth in Canada are facing. Balancing all these realities, and learning to see and make sense of the world through an Islamic worldview to build a strong identity and thrive in the Path of Allah(swt) are key. What are some practical means of living Islam across every facet of our lives, rather than codeswitching and adopting multiple identities is sometimes a difficult thing to achieve. This session will address how to mitigate the gaps so youth can thrive and grow with resilient hearts, unshackled minds, and with an empowered drive by their faith.

Ummah Issues – Muslims Under Authoritarian Regimes

يُرِيدُونَ أَن يُطْفِـُٔوا۟ نُورَ ٱللَّهِ بِأَفْوَٰهِهِمْ وَيَأْبَى ٱللَّهُ إِلَّآ أَن يُتِمَّ نُورَهُۥ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ ٱلْكَـٰفِرُونَ
They wish to extinguish Allah’s light with their mouths, but Allah will only allow His light to be perfected, even to the dismay of the disbelievers. (9:32)


Next Generation of Islamic Schools: A Tarbiyah-driven Quality Management Approach

كَمَآ أَرْسَلْنَا فِيكُمْ رَسُولًۭا مِّنكُمْ يَتْلُوا۟ عَلَيْكُمْ ءَايَـٰتِنَا وَيُزَكِّيكُمْ وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ وَٱلْحِكْمَةَ وَيُعَلِّمُكُم مَّا لَمْ تَكُونُوا۟ تَعْلَمُونَ
Since We have sent you a messenger from among yourselves—reciting to you Our revelations, purifying you, teaching you the Book and wisdom, and teaching you what you never knew— (2:151)

How do Islamic Schools measure up on the scale of education and more importantly, akhlaq and Islamic values? How can our Islamic Schools have a vision of education whereby tarbiyah is woven into all aspects of the school? In what areas are we excelling in this field and where do improvements need to be made? How can Islamic Schools be synonymous with quality education and foundational in Identity and character building?

Islamic Perspectives on: Justice, Equity and Diversity

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا
O humanity! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you may ˹get to˺ know one another. (49:13)

A civil battle could have broken out, had our Prophet SAW been absent. Through wisdom, he guided the leaders of Quraysh to each carry one corner of the cloth with the black stone, and placed it himself on the Kaaba. Our Prophet radiated justice and equity. What is Islamic worldview on diversity and how can we implement this understanding in our own lives and in our societies?

Reflective Workshop: Why Isn’t the Quran Changing Us?

أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ ٱلْقُرْءَانَ أَمْ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبٍ أَقْفَالُهَآ
Do they not then reflect on the Quran? Or are there locks upon their hearts?(47:24)

The Quran came to change the hardest hearts. It was sent to a time where the society was engaged in abhorrent actions and harboured enslaved minds. Have the words of Allah SWT made their mark on our journeys and our decisions? If not, where is the disconnect?

لا اله الا الله منهج حياة No God but Allah – A Way of Life (Ar. + Translation)

﴿إِنِ الحُكْمُ إِلا لِلهِ أَمَرَ أَلا تَعْبُدُوا إِلا إِيَّاهُ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ القَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لا يَعْلَمُونَ﴾
لا إله إلا الله منهج عمل وخطة حياة، العبودية لله وحده هي شطر الركن الأول في العقيدة الإسلامية المتمثل في شهادة ألا إله إلا الله، والتلقي عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم في كيفية هذه العبودية هو شطرها الثاني، المتمثل في شهادة أن محمداً رسول الله.

والقلب المؤمن المسلم هو الذي تتمثل فيه هذه العبودية بشطريها، لأن كل ما بعدها من مقومات الإيمان وأركان الإسلام، إنما هو مقتضى لها.

كيف يعني لك قوله تعالى: {فَاعْلَمْ أَنَّهُ لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ} في الإلتزام بمنهج الله تعالى، ودور ذلك في إنشاء الأمة، وعودتها، وممارسة وجودها ووظيفتها؟

Session 1: Preparing the Muslim Mind for the Future

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَلْتَنظُرْ نَفْسٌۭ مَّا قَدَّمَتْ لِغَدٍۢ ۖ وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ خَبِيرٌۢ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ
O believers! Be mindful of Allah and let every soul look to what ˹deeds˺ it has sent forth for tomorrow. And fear Allah, ˹for˺ certainly Allah is All-Aware of what you do. (59:18)

Every time comes with its own challenges and complexities. The Quran presents a plethora of examples of stories of the past, prophets and laymen, individuals and nations. Our prophet warned us of what is to come, through trials of the deen and trials of the dunia. As we move forth in life, how can we equip ourselves with the appropriate tools to ensure our hearts and minds do not succumb to the illnesses around us? What can we do today that will help us become more steadfast and firm on our path now and in our path ahead?

Dr. Jasser Auda

Session 2: Islam & Life

Hosts: Memona Hussain & Khaled Alqazzaz
Holistic Wellbeing: An Islamic Perspective
Haleh Banani, Altaf Hussain & Mohammad Faris*

إِنَّ هَـٰذَا ٱلْقُرْءَانَ يَهْدِى لِلَّتِى هِىَ أَقْوَمُ وَيُبَشِّرُ ٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ ٱلَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًۭا كَبِيرًۭا =
Surely this Quran guides to what is most upright, and gives good news to the believers—who do good—that they will have a mighty reward.(17:9)

The global self-care industry is now worth an estimated $450 billion annually. As we face day-to-day personal challenges in our lives, there is a collective societal search for pathways to wellbeing. How does the Islamic framework which is grounded in the concept of tawḥīd, enable us to approach a means towards holistic wellbeing? As the Islamic scholar Syed Qutb had said, a connective experience through which the Qur’an invigorates understanding of realities around us is what “…equip[s] the soul with emotions, perceptions, and experiences similar to those that accompanied the revelation of the Qur’an…” This session will explore how we can live a balanced life that inculcates hope; resilience; and action to move towards individual and collective wellbeing.

Session 3: Prophetic transformation - from the darkness of jahiliyah to the light of Islam


يَهْدِى بِهِ ٱللَّهُ مَنِ ٱتَّبَعَ رِضْوَٰنَهُۥ سُبُلَ ٱلسَّلَـٰمِ وَيُخْرِجُهُم مِّنَ ٱلظُّلُمَـٰتِ إِلَى ٱلنُّورِ بِإِذْنِهِۦ وَيَهْدِيهِمْ إِلَىٰ صِرَٰطٍۢ مُّسْتَقِيمٍۢ
through which Allah guides those who seek His pleasure to the ways of peace, brings them out of darkness and into light by His Will, and guides them to the Straight Path.(5:16)

The Prophet Muhammad SAW suffered an immense amount of physical and emotional abuse. This was all because of the banner he carried. This banner of ‘la ilaha ila Allah’ freed enslaved minds, from worshipping ancestors, their senseless traditions and idols, to worshipping the One true Creator. It enlightened the way previously riddled with the darkness of ignorance, slavery and injustice with knowledge, freedom and equality. What are some lessons we can learn from this great transformation?


Abdulnasir Jangda

A Night of Quran & Celebration

Come celebrate the night with us beginning with the words of Allah SWT through recitation by community and renowned Huffath.

Sunday July 3

Islamic Philosophy vs. Western Philosophy – A Critical Comparison

الْكَلِمَةُ الْحِكْمَةُ ضَالَّةُ الْمُؤْمِنِ فَحَيْثُ وَجَدَهَا فَهُوَ أَحَقُّ بِهَا
The word of wisdom is the lost property of the believer. Wherever he finds it, he is most deserving of it.
~Sunan Tirmidhi

During the Golden Age of Islam, Muslim scholars converged Philosophy with Islamic thought, furthering the way in emphasizing theoretical work. Where have the ideas of western philosophies made an imprint on Islamic thought and where do we need to draw the line? How do these philosophies compare?

Understanding Community Care – ‘It takes a village”

إِنَّ الْمُؤْمِنَ لِلْمُؤْمِنِ كَالْبُنْيَانِ يَشُدُّ بَعْضُهُ بَعْضًا
Verily, the believers are like bricks of a building, each part strengthening the other
~Sahih Muslim

The preservation of community is crucial in Islam, as it forms the crux of our relationships and our identity. We pray together, learn together, and break fast together. As a Muslim in the West, our citizenship in our communities is imperative to the propagation of our beliefs and the beliefs of our children. It is beneficial that we take active roles in our community to support and protect one another through the challenges that we face individually and collectively.

Reviving Forgotten Concepts – Hayaa – Izzah – Ummah

مَن كَانَ يُرِيدُ ٱلْعِزَّةَ فَلِلَّهِ ٱلْعِزَّةُ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِلَيْهِ يَصْعَدُ ٱلْكَلِمُ ٱلطَّيِّبُ وَٱلْعَمَلُ ٱلصَّـٰلِحُ يَرْفَعُهُۥ ۚ
Whoever seeks honour and power, then ˹let them know that˺ all honour and power belongs to Allah. To Him ˹alone˺ good words ascend, and righteous deeds are raised up by Him. (17:10)

What did it mean that the Prophet was a man of hayaa’? How did the Companions have ‘Izza? How did the pious predecessors inculcate awareness of the ummah? Do these words have any place in our day and age? What do they truly mean and how can we revive these concepts, using the examples of our beloved teacher and his companions?

Muslims Living in Islamophobic States

أَحَسِبَ ٱلنَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوٓا۟ أَن يَقُولُوٓا۟ ءَامَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ
Do people think once they say, “We believe,” that they will be left without being put to the test?(29:2)

Persecution because of believing in Allah and abiding by His commands has been a tactic used by Islamophobes to deter people away from the faith for centuries. Until this present day, governments and bodies are using this same tactic with eyes on Islam. Whether it’s the ban of religious symbols in France, ‘reeducation camps’ in China, or the closure of Islamic schools and institutions in India, Muslims have been subject to some of the most heinous and discriminatory crimes. What is our role as an Ummah and what are the actions we can take against these Islamophobic regimes?

Shifting from Donor-Focused to Community- Centred Philanthropy

لَّيْسَ الْبِرَّ أَن تُوَلُّوا وُجُوهَكُمْ قِبَلَ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ وَلَـٰكِنَّ الْبِرَّ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّـهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةِ وَالْكِتَابِ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ وَآتَى الْمَالَ عَلَىٰ حُبِّهِ
Righteousness is not in turning your faces towards the east or the west. Rather, the righteous are those who believe in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Books, and the prophets; who give charity out of their cherished wealth (2: 177)

This session brings sector leaders from various spaces into a conversation on how we can shift to a grassroots, community-centered approach of philanthropy where donors are recognized as participants within an ecosystem that collectively builds thriving communities. Where funding is seen as a mechanism towards achieving outcomes, but shifting from a ‘money talks’ top down power dynamic to one that places the voices and authentic voices of communities at the forefront of philanthropic practises. Through a panel of Canada’s top sector leaders, this discussion will bring expert perspectives and practical tools that philanthropic leaders can take back and consider within their own practises and community-based work.

Perspectives on the Indigineous Worldview

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُونُوا۟ قَوَّٰمِينَ لِلَّهِ شُهَدَآءَ بِٱلْقِسْطِ ۖ
O believers! Stand firm for Allah and bear true testimony.(5: 8)

Allah SWT tells us that standing with justice and being just is closer to taqwa. Since the beginning of time, our Prophet (saw) has been an advocate for the social injustices that were prevalent in the days of Jahilliyah. He stood up for the oppressed and the vulnerable, despite their status, colour, age or nationality. In the Quran, we are given a blueprint for what it means to be just. This session will allow for a deep discussion around understanding both the Indigineous worlview and that of Islam and how to engage in reconciliation and support the call to justice.

Da’wah Through Creative Expressions: Muslims in Artistic Spaces

وَلْتَكُن مِّنكُمْ أُمَّةٌۭ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى ٱلْخَيْرِ وَيَأْمُرُونَ بِٱلْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ ٱلْمُنكَرِ ۚ وَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ هُمُ ٱلْمُفْلِحُونَ ١٠٤
Let there be a group among you who call ˹others˺ to goodness, encourage what is good, and forbid what is evil—it is they who will be successful. (3:104)

“Iqra” was revealed at a time when people’s minds were shackled with the worldviews and traditions of their ancestor traditions. As the Quran was revealed, the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad SAW was to give dawah in ways befitting the audience. How can we overcome the traditional methods of dawah, and instead, propagate the message creatively through different mediums?

زاد على الطريقٌ Nourishment Along the Path (Ar + Translation)

{ أَوَمَن كَانَ مَيْتًا فَأَحْيَيْنَٰهُ وَجَعَلْنَا لَهُۥ نُورًا يَمْشِى بِهِۦ فِى ٱلنَّاسِ كَمَن مَّثَلُهُۥ فِى ٱلظُّلُمَٰتِ لَيْسَ بِخَارِجٍۢ مِّنْهَا ۚ }

كل مسافر فى طريق ما لابد له من التزود بكل ما يحتاجه، بما يهيىء له أسباب مواصلة السير وتحقيق الغاية التى يهدف إليها من سفره ، آخذا فى اعتباره ما سيتعرض له فى طريقه من أمور ربما تتسبب فى انقطاع الطريق به وعدم مواصلة السير ، أو قد تباعد بينه وبين غايته أو على الأقل قد تعوق مسيرته .

هذا الزاد يتمثل أول ما يتمثل فى الإيمان القوي وتقوى الله وهى خير زاد ثم معينات أخرى ، كالصحبة الصالحة ، والأدلاَّء الذين يرشدون ويقدمون الخبرة و التجربة وغير ذلك مما يجدّد الطَّاقة و العزيمة وتجنب الانحراف و الخطأ.

كيف يساعد زاد المسلم على الثَّبات ومواجهة الفتن؟

Islamic Position on Homosexuality and Gender Fluidity

فَٱسْتَقِمْ كَمَآ أُمِرْتَ وَمَن تَابَ مَعَكَ وَلَا تَطْغَوْا۟ ۚ إِنَّهُۥ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌۭ
So be steadfast as you are commanded ˹O Prophet˺, along with those who turn ˹in submission to Allah˺ with you. And do not transgress. Surely He is All-Seeing of what you ˹believers˺ do (11:112)


Good Seeds, Good Harvest: The Role of the Father & Mother in Building Character at Home

كُلُّكُمْ رَاعٍ وَكُلُّكُمْ مَسْئُولٌ عَنْ رَعِيَّتِهِ
“Indeed each of you is a shepherd and each of you will be questioned regarding his flock
~Sahih Muslim

A seed is nourished underneath fertile ground, sustained through water and given life with rays of the sun. Through special care and fostering of the optimal conditions we can harvest a healthy seedling, our children, into adulthood. The home is where life begins. As fathers and mothers use their unique roles to impart and build character grounded in the pleasure of Allah SWT, our children will learn to weather the storm when they interact with society

Youth as Constructive Leaders in Society

وَجَعَلْنَـٰهُمْ أَئِمَّةًۭ يَهْدُونَ بِأَمْرِنَا وَأَوْحَيْنَآ إِلَيْهِمْ فِعْلَ ٱلْخَيْرَٰتِ وَإِقَامَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَإِيتَآءَ ٱلزَّكَوٰةِ ۖ وَكَانُوا۟ لَنَا عَـٰبِدِي
We ˹also˺ made them leaders, guiding by Our command, and inspired them to do good deeds, establish prayer, and pay alms-tax. And they were devoted to Our worship.

Islamophobia, campus da’wah, identity issues, and community contributions are all realities that Muslim youth in Canada are facing. Balancing all these realities, and learning to see and make sense of the world through an Islamic worldview, to build a strong identity, emerge as leaders, fulfill their role in society, and thrive in the Path of Allah(swt) are the key aspects that this session will touch on.

The Muslim Ummah – Transcending Modern Limits

مَثَلُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فِي تَوَادِّهِمْ وَتَرَاحُمِهِمْ وَتَعَاطُفِهِمْ مَثَلُ الْجَسَدِ إِذَا اشْتَكَى مِنْهُ عُضْوٌ تَدَاعَى لَهُ سَائِرُ الْجَسَدِ بِالسَّهَرِ وَالْحُمَّى
“The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.”
~Sahih Bukhari

Our concept of Ummah is a universal one that extends from our family, community, and country, to the entire Muslim Ummah. The Prophet Muhammad SAW described the Ummah as one body; when one part of it is ill, the rest of the body reacts. In the modern age, what does this mean to us? How can we fulfill our roles and responsibilities towards our brothers and sisters across the globe?

Envisioning a Non-Profit Sector in a post- Covid19 World

While the world suffered the alarming impacts of a global pandemic, Covid19 has also pushed us to reconsider and re-envision what a post-Covid19 world can look like. As the Charitable and non-Profit sectors focus on staying relevant on how to best serve individuals, families, and communities, now is the time to recalibrate and re-envision where the next phase of meaningful engagement and service will take Canadians. This session will take a deeper look and try to unpack some of the larger issues; gaps; trends; and focal points for the Charitable and non-Profit sector. Panellists within this session will bring perspectives from academic; financial; social; and strategic lenses.

Unraveling The Global Islamophobia Network

لَتُبْلَوُنَّ فِىٓ أَمْوَٰلِكُمْ وَأَنفُسِكُمْ وَلَتَسْمَعُنَّ مِنَ ٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُوا۟ ٱلْكِتَـٰبَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَمِنَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوٓا۟ أَذًى كَثِيرًا ۚ وَإِن تَصْبِرُوا۟ وَتَتَّقُوا۟ فَإِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ ٱلْأُمُورِ
You ˹believers˺ will surely be tested in your wealth and yourselves,and you will certainly hear many hurtful words from those who were given the Scripture before you and ˹from˺ the polytheists. But if you are patient and mindful ˹of Allah˺—surely this is a resolve to aspire to. (3:186)

Sometimes we learn that things don’t always seem to be what they are. When we read headline after headline, policy after policy targeting Muslims, what is beyond this all? In this segment, learn the depths and breadth of the Islamophobia network. Unravel this global phenomenon where organizations, misinformation experts, validators, grassroot movements and political players all have a stake in misrepresenting Islam.

Flipping the Conversation on Atheism – A Preventative Approach

ۚ ٱلْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِى وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ ٱلْإِسْلَـٰمَ
Today I have perfected your faith for you, completed My favour upon you, and chosen Islam as your way.

As the narrative around secularism grows, the number of atheists and agnostics also sees a rise. The world sees a slow decline in religion while atheism rising faster than anticipated. In what ways can we prepare ourselves for what is yet to come? How can we equip our hearts, mind and soul with the appropriate tools that will successfully allow us to sail through these tribulating times, grounding us in our faith?

Fiqh of Minorities and Q&A (Fr / Ar)

فَاسْأَلُواْ أَهْلَ الذِّكْرِ إِن كُنتُمْ لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ
then ask those who have knowledge ˹of the Scriptures˺. (29:7)

From the time of Prophet Muhammad SAW, fiqh has become a dynamic force for fulfilling the needs of the Muslim Ummah of various times and places. With time, changes and developments in human civilization make way for new issues that do not have resolutions in classical fiqh. What kind of approaches can we take and how do we use the framework for guidance in Usul-ul-fiqh especially in issues of minorities? This session will look at contemporary fiqh issues for Muslim minority communities and will provide opportunity for question and answer around important issues. (French with English translation)

Session 1: Stepping into The Path of Allah

وَأَنَّ هَـٰذَا صِرَٰطِى مُسْتَقِيمًۭا فَٱتَّبِعُوهُ ۖ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا۟ ٱلسُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمْ عَن سَبِيلِهِۦ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمْ وَصَّىٰكُم بِهِۦ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
Indeed, that is My Path—perfectly straight. So follow it and do not follow other ways, for they will lead you away from His Way. This is what He has commanded you, so perhaps you will be conscious ˹of Allah˺.” (6:153)

Seventeen times a day, we ask Allah SWT to guide us on the straight path and be amongst those whom He has blessed. Everyday, our actions and interactions, our thoughts and our words and our very being is testament to the direction of our footsteps, towards His pleasure or away from it. How can we action this duaa in Surat Al Fatiha, and allow us to consciously take strides towards Allah SWT? What does it mean to submit wholeheartedly to Allah SWT and to the religion of Islam?

Siraj Wahaj

Session 2: The Muslim Ummah - Collective Worldview, Purpose and Identity

Interviewer; Jamal ElShayyal,

Ebrahim Rasool, Zahra Billo & Ehab Bader

وَإِنَّ هَـٰذِهِۦٓ أُمَّتُكُمْ أُمَّةًۭ وَٰحِدَةًۭ وَأَنَا۠ رَبُّكُمْ فَٱتَّقُونِ
For indeed, this community (ummah) of yours is one community (ummah) and I am your Lord, so be mindful of Me.” (23:52)

The concept of Ummah in the Quran is unique. What unites Muslims as an Ummah, all on one path, is their belief in one God and the Prophet Muḥammad saw) as the final messenger. Allah SWT gives ownership of the Ummah to the believers, to carry the responsibility of the message of Islam and to care for and support one another.
Prophet Muhammed (saw) further grounded this fact in a narrative that is simple, effective, and powerful. As brothers/sisters of one Ummah, our hearts are connected by our common belief and purpose.
Thriving in the Path of Allah(swt) requires us to thrive not only as individuals, but as a collective ummah.

Awards Presentation & Closing Remarks ( MAC Chairman )

(MAC Chairman)

Join us for a night of recognition! We will be holding a special awards presentation for those who competed in our various competitions, whether it was MAC DEN, Thrive-arts competition, the lightning talk, poetry slam or the Hijab anthology.
The Convention will come to an end with our closing remarks by the Chairman of MAC!