The pinnacle of
perfection has been reached by him;
His grace dispelled darkness.
All his qualities and characteristics are exquisite;
Blessings on the Prophet and his family.
you to a
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO EVERYONE AND IS
FREE OF CHARGE.
A MESSENGER FOR ALL HUMANITY
Sunday May 21, 2006 from 4 to 6 p.m.
- poetry in praise of God
in praise of Prophet Mohammad
- sufi poetry with
upon the Prophet
lead by Shaykh Murat Coskun of the Rifai Sufi order
Ignatieff Theatre, (Larkin Building)
Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto
take the St. George subway and exit on the East side
Bedford road, cross the road to Devonshire Place.
Come to the Wellesley
subway station and take Bus # 94 westbound
and ask to be dropped at the door of GIT
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Sohail Raza 416-505-1613
INSTITUTE OF RELIGION
HIS THREE DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES
lively discussion on the problematic aspects
of the three monotheistic
(Judaism, Christianity & Islam)
and their future
& A period to follow)
David Galston, Dr. Asma Barlas & Dr. Phil Cohen
4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, June 4, 2006
Ignatieff Theatre, (Larkin Building)
College, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto
Take the St.
George subway and exit on the
at Bedford road, cross the road to Devonshire Place.
Go to the Wellesley subway station and take Bus # 94
westbound and ask to be
dropped at the door of GIT
See map for driving directions and parking locations
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$10 FOR STUDENTS
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Barlas is Professor of Politics and, from June 2006, Director of the Center
for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College, New
York. Her primary research focuses on Islam and in particular, on how
Muslims interpret and live it. In her past work, she has explored the
implications of liberatory Qur’anic hermeneutics for Muslim women’s
rights and in her future work, she hopes to engage theology and history
in studying Christian-Muslim encounters.
Dr. Barlas has authored
several articles and three books.www.asmabarlas.com
is the rabbi of Temple Anshe Sholom, Hamilton. He is an ordained Reform
rabbi and holds a Ph.D. in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. His
interests include theology, bioethics, contemporary Israeli politics,
and biblical exegesis. Dr. Cohen is the author of a weekly email
column read by nearly 300 people.
Galston is the Co-founder and President of the SnowStar Institute of Religion.
He is the author of the provocative "A New 95 Theses" and from
2002 to 2004, he was host of "Honestly the Bible," a radio
program in the Hamilton area. Dr. Galston is a Fellow of the Jesus
Seminar, a member of the American Academy of Religion, and a founder of
Basileia Books (a new press for progressive religion in Canada). He
is the minister of Eternal Spring United Church, a new Church
development project, where an alternative, liberal and non-doctrinal
form of Christianity is being developed.www.snowstarinstitute.org
A nine-minute short film by Asad Rahman. Shot in
less than 90 minutes due to restricted access to the location, MORNING
is about the discovery of Karachi’s Jewish cemetery by a 7-year-old
boy. Very little is known about Pakistan’s Jewish community that
existed for over 150 years, mainly in Karachi. Though most emigrated
after the creation of Pakistan and Israel in 1947 and 1948,
respectively, some Jews still remained in Karachi and were buried in
their ancestral cemetery. Set to the music of Henryk Górecki’s
Symphony No. 3, MORNING
attempts to reveal a history of Karachi’s Jewish community through the
information on gravestones. (The director will be at this event to
A MUSLIM REFORM
v. Make (person, institution, procedure, conduct, oneself)
become better by removal or abandonment of imperfections, faults
(The Concise Oxford Dictionary)
As human society has evolved over the centuries with expansion of
knowledge and interactions between cultures, there is a need to
understand the teachings of Islam in terms that are relevant to
the contemporary world. Therefore use of the term ‘Movement’
implying fluidity and positive change forward.
Muslims to participate in a multi-religious and multicultural
world of the twenty-first century, it is essential that they
fully embrace Quranic teachings on pluralism. Restrictive
interpretations of the Quran that are based on the domination of
over non-Islam and promote the use of a rhetoric of hate and
violence to attain such goals, are outdated in a global
society in which relations between different peoples are best
fostered on the basis of equality and mutual respect -- a basic
principle underlying the Quranic worldview wherein the Quran
have created you into nations and tribes so that you may
We believe in the Quranic ideal,
‘humanity is one community’
and that unity of people does not mean their ‘uniformity’.
We recognize in the modern era of universal culture of
education, science and technology, an unprecedented opportunity
to advance towards the Islamic ideals of justice, peace,
progress and prosperity for all.
We are loyal citizens of
Canada and believe that the Canadian Charter of Rights is in
sync with our Islamic beliefs of human rights, justice and
equality. We seek to actively contribute to the progress and
enrichment of the society around us, by cooperating with all
people in the spirit of mutual respect, tolerance and
understanding. We believe that Islam is a progressive,
democratic and pluralistic faith that promotes harmony amongst
people of all faiths.
use the following tools for reforming Muslim life, presenting
them not as a fixed system of beliefs but as a guide for all
elements of Muslim society.
Our doors are open to everyone.
– FORUM FOR LEARNING
Islam’s message is
eternal, aiming at the unification and perfection of mankind. In
order to bring the power of Islamic teachings to succeeding
generations we recognize the principles of knowledge and
progressive development in spiritual as well as cultural and
social life. We welcome all truth, whether revealed, or
discovered by scientific principles. Human beings are endowed
with moral freedom and are charged with the responsibility of
developing their faculties and contributing to uplifting the
Conscious practice of the
five pillars of Islam forms the basis of our lives. Faith,
prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage are the cornerstones on
which Muslim lives are built. The human spirit can be raised by
these means to unlimited heights of personal fulfillment and
actualization. We recognize that the effectiveness of prayer is
determined by its purpose and depth and not by outward form.
Worship and prayer can be expressed through an unlimited range
of forms including art, music and poetry.
Women and men have the same rights in all social, civil and religious
aspects of life, and human progress requires that they should
have the same opportunities in developing their individual
– FORUM FOR INTER- FAITH THOUGHT
We look upon religious and cultural pluralism as a divinely ordained
principle of coexistence among human societies. God did
not create diversity for it to become a source of tensions,
divisions and polarization in society. Indeed, whether humans
recognize it or not, human diversity is a sign of divine genius.
The Quran maintains that revelation is a continuous process, not
confined to particular persons or ages. It emphasizes the
essential unity of all monotheistic religions. Many of the
historical anecdotes in the Quran are related to accounts in the
Jewish and Christian scriptures. We seek wisdom and
insight wherever it is found, through the Quran, other
scriptures and in the teachings of the sages of all eras.
Love of God is
meaningless without love of His creatures. We emphasize the
kinship of human race, the worth of each human life and the
right of every individual to freedom in the pursuit of
fulfillment and happiness. The diversity of race, culture and
inclination among people is a divine gift that enriches our
lives, and we seek unity while celebrating our diversity.
following people constitute our Advisory Council:
MUSLIMS AND THE FUTURE OF ISLA
by Professor Amir Hussain
of Religious Studies, California State University
March 14, 2004
Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Avenue West
Jane and Keele)
Hussain is with the Department
of Religious Studies at California
State University, Northridge (CSUN). His area of research is
on the study of Islam, specifically contemporary Muslim
societies in North America. His PhD dissertation was on Muslim
communities in Toronto. More recently, Professor Hussain is
author of a brilliant essay titled: Muslims, Pluralism and
Interfaith Dialogue in the book Progressive
Muslims edited by Omid Safi.
Professor Amir Hussain’s
website is: www.csun.edu/~ah34999
For Learning is also pleased to introduce THE IRON CRESCENT: the
first Muslim hip-hop group to present political rap with a
twist. See their website and Toronto Star story at: http://www.ironcrescent.com
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chapter of The Canadian Council for Muslim Women
The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism
Abdl Aziz Sachedina
in God's Name,
Islamic Law, Authority and Women
Abou El Fadl
of the Books
The Search for Beauty in Islam
Abou El Fadl
Sufi Path of Love
Life of Muhammad
Vision of Islam
Murata and William
Liberation and Plularism
Dimensions of Islam
of Islamic Spirituality
Being a Muslim
the Sociology of Islam
the Sociology of Islam
of the Prophet
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Feedback from November 16 the event
Saturday 16 November we initiated a Forum For Learning for
Muslim youth as a special event in Ramadhan. About 100 people
attended the discussion followed by iftar, networking and
socializing. The main speakers were Dr. Liakatali Takim,
Professor of Religious Studies at University of Denver and Nader
Hashemi, a Ph.D. student at University of Toronto.
Following is the
introduction to the forum which we hope will attract other
the first of many such forums which have been initiated to bring
together the synergy of our youth, who are a positive force
leading us to the future of Islam in Canada. There are enough
masjids and organizations already, which sometimes tend to
divide rather than unite so we are definitely not looking to
start yet another organization. What we need is to do is
work at a higher level of unity, thought and action –
irrespective of sect, where one chooses to worship
– or whether one is a traditionalist, literalist, reformist,
rationalist or mystic - because that
is only for Allah to judge.
in order to continue these forums regularly and successfully, we
will need sponsors,volunteers and speakers.
not asking for a survey because the UN recently conducted a
survey, which was a huge failure. The only question asked
was “Would you please give your honest opinion about a
solution to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"
In Africa they did not know what "FOOD" meant!!
Western Europe they did not know what "SHORTAGE"
Eastern Europe they did not know what "OPINION"
Middle East they did not know what 'SOLUTION" meant!!
America they did not know what "PLEASE" meant!!
they did not know what "HONEST meant"!!
n the USA
they did not know what "REST OF THE WORLD" meant!!
begin by telling you a tale about an American youth – a young
man who set out in search of “pure” Islam with good
intentions and sincere objectives. His search took him
from America to Yemen to Pakistan and finally landed him in the
lap of the Taliban in Afghanistan where he had to exchange his
convictions for guns. This young man’s name was John Walker
Lindh and if you read his life story, you will see that although
he had accepted Islam at the age of 16, he was directed on a
path where he had to search for purification – thus
being sent on a wild goose chase towards something intangible,
when all he had to do was look into his own heart, wherever he
was, to find pure Islam.
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