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Medical Students Lend Hand and Hearts to Homeless

By Dr. Taufik Valiante On Friday February 20 at the University of Toronto Medical Science Building, a group of aspiring doctors being interviewed for a position in the medical class of 2013, were expounding on their commitment to help others. At the same time and not too far away, a group of medical students weremaking good on these very societal obligations as they prepared almost 200 lunches for distribution to homeless shelters throughout the downtown core. This project, created by the Muslim Medical Student Association (MMSA) at the University of Toronto and supported with funds from the U of T Medical Society, included students from all faiths, ethnic backgrounds and years of training. The purpose of the annual “Sandwich-Run” is to raise awareness of the growing problem of homelessness and hunger in Toronto and is one of anumber of community initiatives taken on by the MMSA. Some of the group’s other events include a Fast-A-Thon to raise money for Canadian Feed the Children (CFC), where people of all faiths fast for one day during Ramadan and donate their lunch money to the CFC; and supporting the Orphan Sponsorship Program of the U of T Muslim Students Association, which helps abandoned children in developing countries. According to MMSA president Tarek Abd El Halim, “…advocacy [is] one ofthe most important roles of being a competent physician … [it] goes hand in...

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The Good Samaritan redux

A little more than 10 ago, just after I’d been diagnosed with cancer, my wife and I moved to a new residence. As word of my disease spread, friends started calling less and less, or not at all. Some would ask if they could help, but never followed through. Others offered excuses, but still stayed away. It was tough but we understood: Cancer scares people. (READ...

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Weapons of Mass Distraction = Weapons of Mass Destruction

BY MUNEEB NASIR (Excerpt from Friday Khutba delivered at University of Toronto and Masjid Toronto in February 2009) Distractions are devastating for believers in God who are seeking spiritual growth. Distraction here being that inability to identify and attend to what is most valuable in one’s earthly life for success in the eternal realm. In God’s final revelation, the Qur’an, such distractions are identified as a cause for loss in a believer’s spiritual development. ‘Believers! Do not let your wealth and children distract you from remembering God. Those who do so will be the ones who lose’ (Qur’an, 63:9). Distraction can nurture procrastination which leads to that devastating condition – regret. “Give out of what We have provided for you, before death comes to one of you and he says, ‘My Lord, if You would only reprieve me for a little while, I would give in charity and become one of the righteous.’ God does not reprieve a soul when its turn comes: God is fully aware of what you do.”  (Qur’an, 63:10-11). Distraction gives way to procrastination in doing good deeds which leads to regret. One arena of distractions that has become ubiquitous in all of our lives is related to technology, most especially digital communications. I recently read a report that says the typical office worker is interrupted every three minutes by a phone call, e-mail, instant message...

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IN MEMORIUM: Imam W. D. Muhammad Has Passed Away

by Sheila Musaji We have little information so far except that Imam W.D. Muhammad has died.  God has honored him by calling his servant back in the blessed month of Ramadan.  Inna Lillah wa inna ilayhi raji’oun!  ( He was God’s and he has returned back to God ).  We offer our sincere condolences to Imam Muhammad’s family.  The death of Imam Muhammad comes only a week after the death of one of his brothers, Jabir Muhammad. …. READ...

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Weapon of choice is her voice

A spoken-word poet who refers to her voice as “my weapon” is to perform at this weekend’s MuslimFest for young people. Sofia Baig, a rising star among Canadian Muslim activists, takes the stage Sunday at a two-day gathering intended to celebrate Islamic cultural expression. “So pardon me while I rip the clip from my lips and throw – blow them away like ashes,” the 20-year-old Montreal poet recites in “My Weapon,” from her debut CD Daughter of the Sand to be launched at the festival. “My mouth won’t ever cease fire,” she raps. “So load the clip and watch as they shoot out of my lips, rain hell on all of them. I want these words to explode and hit.” (Read...

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