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I.LEAD: A Sneak Peek at the Conference for All

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Written by Farah Amir   
Friday, 11 April 2014 11:00

Muslim Link’s Farah Amir had the opportunity speak with members of the I.LEAD Organizing Committee about the upcoming conference in May.

What is I.LEAD?

I.LEAD is an acronym for Islam. Learn. Engage. Achieve. Develop. It is an annual conference; running for the second year in a row and it is a platform formed for Muslim organizations in Ottawa to work together towards a common goal.


Reflecting on Jesus (pbuh): An Interfaith Conversation

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Written by Mohamed Suleman   
Friday, 11 April 2014 09:13

On Sunday, March 30th, the Thaqalayn Muslim Association (TMA) and the Ahlul Bayt Student Association (ABSA) hosted an interfaith event at the University of Ottawa.

Fostering dialogue between the Christian and Muslim communities, the event, titled Celebrating the life of Jesus, featured keynote addresses from local religion professor and Evangelist Reverend Bassma Dabbour Jaballah and Sheikh Hanif Mohamed of Atlanta, Georgia.

What made the two talks and the ensuing question and answer session even more interesting was the fact that each speaker was a convert from the other’s religion.


Celebrating Nowruz in Ottawa

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Written by Palvashah Durrani   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:49

Nowruz is a celebration thousands of years old, practiced by peoples strongly influenced by Persian culture including Iranians, Afghans, Tajiks, Uzbeks, Azeris, Kurds, Indians, and Pakistanis, including their diaspora communities in North America. There was even a time when some elements of Nowruz, such as bonfire jumping,were practiced as far away as Somalia - an ancient outpost of the Persian Empire (it is believed the name Mogadishu comes from the Persian words Maq’ad-i-Shah, seat of the king).


Embracing Identities: Working with the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations

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Written by Hoda Mroue   
Friday, 11 April 2014 09:03

Flashback 15 years earlier, I’d be in my karate outfit, talking to my family in English and broken Lebanese Arabic, and designing all of my school projects into acting scenes to prepare myself for my future acting career. I grew up with friends from all over the world, and we called ourselves “the real United Nations”. I didn’t know much about my culture or about my religion, but never missed an opportunity to brag about how Lebanese food was the best!

15 years later, I have grown to love my religion and Lebanese background. At the same time, and more than ever, I am so proud to be Canadian. Discovering my roots influenced my interests and career choices.

I pursued a degree in Political Science and International Relations at Carleton University. All of my essays focused on the Middle East and everything I learned fascinated me. But the educational component wasn’t enough. I wanted to engage with people who had similar interests. That’s where the National Council on Canada Arab Relations (NCCAR) entered the picture.


Rahla: The Qur’an Stand as Islamic Architecture

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Written by Chelby Marie Daigle   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:17

The Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam will be hosting a lecture by Professor H. Masud Taj on the Qur’an stand (rahla) (See Ad below). This may seem like a simple and even insignificant object in the daily lives of Muslims, however, as a professor of architecture who specializes in Islamic architecture, Professor Taj has learned that there is meaning behind even the simplest of objects .

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