“Much like a garden with diverse and unique flowers growing together, uniting to form a beautiful space, communities thrive when diversity is celebrated.” – isnacanadaconvention.ca
What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘community?’ Do you think about shared networks who support us when we are down or maybe large groups working towards a common goal? We all say the same word, but we may not mean the same thing. That’s why ISNA Canada is hosting its 43rd Annual Convention with the theme Unity in Diversity: Towards Inclusive Communities on October 20-22, 2017. It’s a golden opportunity to explore these concepts and work towards actionable steps for a brighter future.
This year, we’re bringing scholars from the UK and all over the US. For the first time, we are hosting Hamza Tzortzis and Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy as keynote speakers. Hamza Tzortzis, a British Muslim of Greek heritage, is best known for his thoughtful and articulate debates with prominent academics on Islam and atheism. Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy, Assistant Director at Qalam Institute, is passionate about reaching out to youth – his daily #instagramadan videos this past Ramadan were viewed by thousands!
What else can you expect at the convention? The weekend begins Friday night with two unique programs: one for adults and one for youths.
- Adults will enjoy an exquisite fundraising Gala at Lakeshore Convention Centre, which will be a Tribute to Community Service celebrating community leadership and excellence. We are excited to host Hamza Tzortzis and Azhar Azeez as key speakers, in addition to many other scholars in attendance. The event will also feature entertaining performances and exceptional food.
- MYNA (Muslim Youth of North America) and MIST (Muslim Inter-Scholastic Tournament) will host engaging and motivating programs including a Talent Show located at the main Hall of ISNA Canada.
The convention continues on Saturday and Sunday at the Islamic Centre of Canada as we host world-renowned speakers to deliver enriching talks including Hamza Tzortzis, Ustadh AbdelRahman Murphy, Azhar Azeez, Imam Mohammed Magid, Dr. Jamal Badawi, Safaa Zarzour, Imam Yasin Dwyer, Chief Stacey Laforme, Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick, and more!
The convention will also showcase a free, open to the public bazaar on all three days. Local businesses and services showcase and sell their best products such as informative books, stylish clothing, fun toys and more! It’s an opportunity for local businesses to expand and offer their services to the Muslim community in the GTA.
“We organize this annual convention to bring people together. We want everyone to feel welcome when they walk through the doors.” -Sr. Omaya Rakieh (Convention Committee Lead).
Don’t miss out on the most anticipated event this October. The annual convention is your opportunity to learn, connect and grow within the community. Check out all the speakers, and get your tickets at isnacanadaconvention.ca.