Canadian Convention Celebrates Islamic Civilization

Thousands of Muslims are expected to descend on Toronto from across Canada and the United States this weekend for the 4th annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention organized by youth leaders from the Canadian Muslim minority.

Canadian Convention Celebrates Islamic Civilization

"The convention is an attempt by the youth to help overcome new challenges of communication and integration," the organizers said on their Web site.

"It aims to promote stronger ties within the North American Society through reviving the Islamic tradition of education, tolerance and introspection, and across cultural lines through points of commonality and respect."

The event, to run from December 23 through December 25, will be held in the prestigious National Trade Centre, the largest tradeshow facility in Canada and the sixth largest in North America.

It will be the first Islamic convention hosted at the historic CNE grounds.

Efforts exerted by youth leaders in organizing the largest convention of Canadian Muslims over the past three years have won the praise and acclaim from Muslims across the continent.

Last year's convention drew a crowd of 10,000 participants and a larger gathering is expected this year as the event falls during Christmas holiday break in Canada.

Key Figures

A number of high-profile Muslim personalities from around the world will address the convention.

They include Dr. Jamal Badawi (Canada), Hamza Yusuf (USA), Ms. Atalla Shabazz (USA), Imam Zaid Shakir (USA), Dr. Tareq Suwaidan (Kuwait), Dr. Zakir Naik (India), Dr. Omar Abdel Kafi (Egypt), Riyadh Ul Haq (UK) and Sulaiman Mulla (South Africa).

The program includes lectures from a wide array of speakers who will engage in dialogue around the issues of Canadian Muslim identity and the meaning of active citizenship.

The organizers are also adding a four-day knowledge retreat which will follow the convention.

It will discuss an Islamic vision for Muslims living in the West.

Instructors include Shakir, Suwaidan, Abdallah Bin Bayyah (Bahrain) and Abdal Hakim Jackson.

Benefit Concert

Yusuf will be performing in the convention for the second time.

A benefit concert for victims of the South Asian earthquake will be held on Monday, December 26, featuring some of the Muslim world's most well-known singers.

British Muslim singer Sami Yusuf, whose album, Al-Muallim, took the Muslim world by storm, will be performing along with the Malaysian group, Raihan.

Also featured are the American group Native Deen, British singer Mesut Kurtis and Pakistani singer Najam Sheraz.

The 7.6 quake, which stuck on October 8, flattened swathes of northeast Pakistan, leaving some 2.5 million people homeless and destroying entire towns across an area of 20,000 square kilometers.

This year the convention will also showcase a Grand Souk (market) with vendors from all across North America showcasing their products and services.

Toronto, the capital of Ontario, the province that one in three Canadians call home, has the largest concentration of Muslims in Canada.

The number of Canadian Muslims has increased dramatically over the last decade, according to a national census.

Islam is Canada's fastest-growing religion with more than 600,000 adherents and making it the number one non-Christian faith in Canada.

Source: islamonline

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