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10,000 Muslims Laugh at a Rabbi

(July 22, 2009) – Stand-up comic Rabbi Bob Alper will headline at Ontario’s award-winning festival, MuslimFest, in Mississauga, ON, August 1st-2nd. Alper, who performs internationally with Muslim comedians has been doing stand-up for 23 years. “I was thrilled to receive the invitation to appear at MuslimFest,” says Alper “During the past seven years I’ve seen repeatedly how shared laughter diffuses suspicion and builds bridges between formerly unconnected communities.” “We try to work with Canada’s rich diversity to foster an understanding of each other’s culture and identity; having Rabbi Bob Alper perform will further develop this,” says Amer Meknas, director of MuslimFest. The festival aims to highlight Muslim arts and culture, celebrate diversity, and build lasting relationships with other groups – and has won multiple awards for its effective pioneer efforts. MuslimFest will take place at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, during the Civic Holiday Weekend, August 1st and 2nd, 2009. For further information on the festival...

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Fiqh Council of North America announces Ramadan

(July 21, 2009) – The Fiqh Council of North America has announced that the first day of Ramadan will be Saturday, August 22, 2009. The Council recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’ia method for determining the beginning of lunar months including the months of Ramadan and Shawwal. “On the basis of this method, the dates of Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr for the year 1430 AH are established as follows:1st of Ramadan will be on Saturday, August 22, 2009 and the 1st of Shawwal will be on Sunday, September 20, 2009,” said Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America in its press release. For more detailed information on the Council’s ruling, please visit: or...

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My Ideal Canadian Mosque

By Afaun Mandol (July 19, 2009) – My ideal Canadian Mosque would be a center of learning and interaction for the community. Back in the time of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him, people used to come to learn from and about Islam in his mosque, take advice on personal matters, and to meet others of the same faith and thinking. Today it seems that the majority of people only go to the mosque to pray. Contemporary society is different from the olden days and I think the role of the mosque needs to reflect the higher objective of a learning center. But, we need to be innovative at looking how to accomplish such a learning centre in today’s society. I think we should view the mosque from a services perspective. It would be a true community centre with the prayer hall as the focus, but it would also house professionals dedicated to various services that reflect the needs and concerns of Muslims and non-Muslims in the community – social services, libraries (with more than just Islamic books), book/media stores, lawyers’ offices, tutors, monthly workshops (real world and faith based), full service restaurants, internet cafes (where various groups can hold meetings), ATM’s, etc. The income from these services and businesses would also help with the upkeep of the mosque instead of just depending on donations. Professionalism in all...

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Scouting and the Muslim Community

By Muneeb Nasir (July 18, 2009) – The Scouting Movement has been successful over the last century because of its brilliant Principles, Mission and Practices which have allowed it to appeal to a wide cross-section of people. How is Scouting compatible with the Muslim community? From a religious perspective, a successful life is one in which we develop, maintain and nurture meaningful relationships to God, to our fellow humans and other creations, and to ourselves. The message of Islam calls humanity to have faith in, and a relationship with, the one transcendent God. Our relationship to God is in the meaning of the word Islam itself. Islam can be defined as the continuous effort to submit and surrender to God and thereby achieve peace. When we read the Qur’an it speaks of these relationships and duties – to God, fellow humans, nature and ourselves. As such, the three broad Principles which represent Scouting’s fundamental beliefs – Duty to God, Duty to Others, and Duty to Self – resonate with Muslims, making the Scouting Movement attractive over the last century in the Muslim world. Indeed, throughout the world, Muslim communities have enthusiastically embraced the Scouting Movement. The Mission of Scouting emphasizes the development of the potential of young people to help build a better world and play a constructive role in society. This concept of development of potential is how...

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Muslim History Project to be Unveiled at Olive Tree Foundation’s Event

(July 16, 2009) – The Olive Tree Foundation has announced that Dr. Katherine Bullock will deliver the keynote address at its Annual Appreciation Brunch on Sunday, July 26. The event will be held at the Delta Markham Hotel, 50 East Valhalla Drive, Markham, Ontario, starting at 11 am. Dr. Bullock is the Director of the recently formed policy institute and think tank, the Tessellate Institute, and she will deliver the keynote address on the Institute’s inaugural project, ‘Mosque One: Oral Histories of Toronto’s First Mosque’. ”This project will foster better understanding, relations and even integration between Canadian Muslims and other communities,” said Dr. Katherine Bullock. “There is a need to anchor and document the civic history of Muslims in the Canadian mosaic.” The project is the first in a proposed series that will document Muslims’ narratives as part of the Canadian social fabric. The information will be promoted and made available through a multimedia website that will provide open access to this research. The Olive Tree Foundation, earlier this year, provided a grant to the Tessellate Institute to fund the project. “The Olive Tree Foundation is very pleased to be able fund this inaugural project of the Tessellate Institute,” said Muneeb Nasir, President of the Foundation, in announcing the grant. “Muslims are often depicted in mainstream Canadian media as outsiders and this project will show the early contributions of...

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