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The pinnacle of perfection has been reached by him; 
His grace dispelled darkness. All his qualities and characteristics are exquisite; 
send Blessings on the Prophet and his family.  

FORUM FOR LEARNING

Invites you to a  

MILAD-UN-NABI  

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO EVERYONE AND IS FREE OF CHARGE.  


MOHAMMAD – 
A MESSENGER FOR ALL HUMANITY

 On Sunday May 21, 2006 from 4 to 6 p.m.  

 

PROGRAM

Hamd - poetry in praise of God

Naat poetry in praise of Prophet Mohammad

Qawwali - sufi poetry with music

Durood & salaam – Blessings upon the Prophet

Zikr lead by Shaykh Murat Coskun of the Rifai Sufi order  

LOCATION    George Ignatieff Theatre, (Larkin Building)  
Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto   

TTC:    take the St. George subway and exit on the East side  
at Bedford road, cross the road to Devonshire Place.

or

Come to the Wellesley subway station and take Bus # 94 westbound 
and ask to be dropped at the door of GIT

MAP:   See map for driving directions and parking locations at: 

 

  http://www.trinity.utoronto.ca/About/location 

 

RSVP:   Raheel Raza 416-505-6052 
            
Raheel@raheelraza.com               

          Sohail Raza 416-505-1613
         
Forumforlearning@yahoo.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SNOWSTAR INSTITUTE OF RELIGION

&

FORUM FOR LEARNING

Present

FATHER ABRAHAM

& HIS THREE DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES

A lively discussion on the problematic aspects 
of the three monotheistic faiths 
(Judaism, Christianity & Islam) 
and their future promise. 

(Q & A period to follow)

SPEAKERS: Dr. David Galston, Dr. Asma Barlas & Dr. Phil Cohen
WHEN:   4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, June 4, 2006    
WHERE:
  George Ignatieff Theatre, (Larkin Building)
Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto 
TTC: Take the St. George subway and exit on the 
at  Bedford road, cross the road to Devonshire Place.

or

Go to the Wellesley subway station and take Bus # 94 
westbound and ask to be 
dropped at the door of GIT

MAP:    See map for driving directions and parking locations at:  http://www.trinity.utoronto.ca/About/location.htm 

TICKETS: 

$20  FOR ADULTS
$10  FOR STUDENTS  

LIMITED SEATING SO BOOK ASAP - 
CALL OR EMAIL TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT 

TICKETS CAN BE PICKED UP AT THE DOOR

Raheel Raza 416- 505-6052 
raheel@raheelraza.com or
Karen Paton-Evans 519-425-4546
kpatonevans@rogers.com

 

PANELISTS’ BIOS:

Asma 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  


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Rabbi Philip Cohen 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.  


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David 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  


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SPECIAL ATTRACTION:

MORNING - 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 answer questions).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A MUSLIM REFORM MOVEMENT

Reform: v. Make (person, institution, procedure, conduct, oneself) become better by removal or abandonment of imperfections, faults or errors 
(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.

For 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 Islam 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 says: 
“we have created you into nations and tribes so that you may 
know one another”.

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.

We 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.

FFL – 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 world.

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 potentials. 

FIT – 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.  

he following people constitute our Advisory Council:  

 

Dr. Liakatali Takim  Religion and Spirituality  
Salima Bhimani Outreach  
Faizal Kayum    Public Relations
Raheel Raza    Media Relations
Adnan Bashir Community Relations  
Professor Reem Meshal Gender issues  
Asad Rahman   Youth Coordinator  
Dr. Karen Hamilton  Interfaith Relations (Christian)  
Dr. Karen Mock Interfaith Relations (Jewish)  
Barbara Siddiqui  Interfaith Relations (Muslim)
 

 

 

 

2004 LECTURE SERIES

 PROGRESSIVE MUSLIMS AND THE FUTURE OF ISLA M IN CAN ADA

Presented by Professor Amir Hussain

Department of Religious Studies, California State University

on

Sunday March 14, 2004

4 p.m. sharp

at

Yorkwoods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Avenue West

(between Jane and Keele)  

 

Professor 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

Forum 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

Forum For Learning is a not-for-profit organization committed to knowledge, interaction and interfaith discussion. For further information please call 416-505-6052 or email: forumforlearning@yahoo.ca

 

DONATION: $5/ P.P. AND A TWOONIE FOR STUDENTS.

PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.        
COME ON TIME AND BRING QUESTIONS

Event supported by:

Snowstar Institute of Religion

Toronto chapter of The Canadian Council for Muslim Women  

Creative Cultural Communications  

 

Book

Author

Available


The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism

Abdl Aziz Sachedina

Online
Speaking in God's Name,
Islamic Law, Authority and Women
Khaled Abou El Fadl www.scholarofthehouse.com

 

Conference of the Books
The Search for Beauty in Islam
Khaled Abou El Fadl www.scholarofthehouse.com
Struggling to Surrender
Jeffrey Lang Online
Struggling to Surrender
Jeffrey Lang Online
Even Angels Ask
Jeffrey Lang
The Sufi Path of Love
William Chittick Online
Muhammad
Martin Lings
The Life of Muhammad
H. Haykal
Understanding the Qur'an
Abdel Haleem
Islam and Gender
Ziba Mir Hosseini
The Islamic Threat
John Esposito
Qur'an and Woman
Amina Wadud Oxford University Press
The Vision of Islam Sachiko Murata and William
Chittick
Qur'an, Liberation and Plularism
Farid Esack Oneworld
Mystical Dimensions of Islam
AnneMarie Schimmel
Encyclopedia of Islamic Spirituality
Seyyid Hussain Nasr
On Being a Muslim
Farid Esack Oneworld
On the Sociology of Islam
Ali Shariati
On the Sociology of Islam
Ali Shariati
Martydom
Ali Shariati www.shariati.com
Orientalism
Edward Said
Confronting Empire
Eqbal Ahmed
Taliban
Ahmed Rashid
Mantle of the Prophet
Roy Motahdeh


   

 

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    Feedback from November 16 the event


On 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 members. This is 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. 

However, in order to continue these forums regularly and successfully, we will need sponsors,volunteers and speakers.  We’re 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?"  However - In Africa they did not know what "FOOD" meant!!

In Western Europe they did not know what "SHORTAGE" meant!!
In Eastern Europe they did not know what "OPINION" meant!!
In the Middle East they did not know what 'SOLUTION" meant!!
In South America they did not know what "PLEASE" meant!!
In Asia they did not know what "HONEST meant"!!
n the USA they did not know what "REST OF THE WORLD" meant!!
Let me 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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