Understanding Islam & Contemporary Issues

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Both as a community and as individuals, we are travelers through this world, on a journey towards Allah (SWT), constantly striving to remain on the straight path (Tareeq Al-Istiqamah).

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˺.” (Qur’an 6:153)
— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Istiqamah literally means to go straight in the right direction, act righteously and stand firm and steadfast, with no deviation, to establish something. Understanding the essence of the path – through the Islamic worldview, 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.

This is the mainstream that will set the stage for the convention theme. It is where the concepts around the understanding of the path of Allah (SWT) and istiqamah, will be established and defined, across all spheres of our lives.

Indeed, it is the purpose of every Muslim to worship Allah (SWT), be ambassadors of truth, and be agents of change towards a better world, according to what pleases Allah (SWT). Thriving in the Path of Allah (SWT) includes being active agents of spreading the word of Truth.

This stream will focus on da’wah as an active agent of thriving in the path of Allah (SWT). Topics include Islam Awareness, the role of Muslims in mainstream society, and how to connect the current Canadian realities to our role as da’ees.


11 Lessons13h 9s

Unit 1: The Universal Message of Islam to Humanity – Imam Siraj Wahhaj & Dr. Jamal Badawi

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Unit 2: Iqamat Al-Deen: The Muslim’s Role & Purpose – Sh. Fadel Soliman

Unit 3: Reviving Forgotten Concepts: Hayaa, Izzah, Ummah – Dr. Altaf Husain & Sarah Attia

Unit 4: Challenges on the Path of Da’wah – Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda & Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool

Unit 5: Reflective Workshop: Why Isn’t the Qur’an Changing Us? – Sh. Fadel Soliman

Unit 6: History of Islam & Muslims in Canada – Dr. Jamal Badawi, Sh. Ismael Mukhtar & Dr. Anver Emon

Unit 7: Addressing Islamophobia: A Deep-dive into Effective Islam Awareness Strategies – Zahra Billoo & Tina Aseffa

Unit 8: Flipping the Conversation on Atheism: A Preventative Approach – Sh. Fadel Soliman & Dr. Jamal Badawi

Unit 9: Da’wah Through Creative Expressions: Muslims in Artistic Spaces – Dr. Monia Mazigh & Asmaa Hussein

Unit 10: Islamic Philosophy vs. Western Philosophy: A Critical Comparison – Dr. Muhammad Al-Shinqiti & Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid

Unit 11: Islamic Position on Homosexuality and Gender Fluidity – Dr. Altaf Husain & Khaled Al-Qazzaz

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