INITIATIVEs

CANADA ZAKAT

Canada Zakat is a vehicle for local Zakat collection and distribution that is transparent, effective and compliant with the Islamic teachings of Zakat. The Canada Zakat team works together to make our Zakat work for our community, our neighbourhoods, and our country. Our Zakat Distribution Committee rigorously examines the Zakat applications using criteria and procedures reviewed and approved by Islamic scholars. In 2016, Canada Zakat team also launched Halal Serve, a food bank and delivery service to address the culturally compatible nutritional requirements of low- income newcomers in the Mississauga area. It offers free food delivery to clients with limited mobility. The food deliveries are done on a bi-weekly basis and are available to all members of the local community, irrespective of their religious and cultural background.

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM ACADEMY

Founded in 2002, Understanding Islam Academy is an endeavour of DawaNet to facilitate the understanding (Fiqh) and education of sacred Islamic traditions and sources in the contemporary North American context. The ideal model of Islamic education set by the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, involves the understanding of both the text and context, our sources and society. Every vibrant, productive, and conscious Muslim community has Islamic institutions of education where the teachers and scholars create an environment of interactive learning and productive discourse. UIA is among the pioneers in offering weekend seminars and intensive week-long programs in the Greater Toronto Area with scholars and instructors from diverse academic disciplines around the world. Far from theoretical discourses on ‘good to know’ subjects, UIA’s deliberately designed sessions offer stuff you ‘need to know’ as a Canadian Muslim who loves Allah and His creation.

MUSLIM FEST

MuslimFest is an award-winning festival that celebrates the best in Muslim arts, culture, and entertainment. Launched in 2004, MuslimFest is an initiative of DawaNet and brings together a pool of talented professionals, entrepreneurs, leaders, activists, and volunteers to craft a festival that is the first of its kind in North American history. In a post 9/11 world that is often filled with violent images and anti-Muslim hysteria, MuslimFest organizers believe it is imperative to hold bridge-building events that positively engage young Canadians and dispel negative stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. MuslimFest provides Muslim youth with opportunities to share their culture with the broader community. It offers education through the language of art, humour, and meaningful entertainment, to help break barriers between Muslims and their neighbors. The festival features over 50 local and international artists who showcase their talent in various genres. From concerts featuring popular Muslim artists, to comedy shows, a multicultural bazaar, to a kids carnival; these are some of the many fun things one can expect at MuslimFest. Over 65,000 visitors attended this annual celebration in 2018.

MY VOICE

MY Voice is a Muslim Youth magazine written and published exclusively by students across Canada. It’s an initiative solely started to give our younger members of the community a chance to stand up and shine! MY Voice offers a platform to Muslim Youth to express their feelings, their likes and dislikes, a place to ask questions and get answers and a social sense of belonging where they can be Canadians and Muslims at the same time. The magazine is all about bringing Muslim youth together, building bonds, and raising a new generation of Canadian Muslims who

TorontoMuslims.com

About TorontoMuslims.com Since its inception in 2001, TorontoMuslims.com envisioned the idea of utilizing the web and email to build bridges between the various Muslim organizations, centres, mosques, leaders, volunteers and the community at large. TorontoMuslims.com is the only website in Ontario that lists the current Muslim community events, free of charge to everyone. It also publishes a highly anticipated e-newsletter, the only of its kind, that reaches out to several thousand individuals, families, and institutions across Canada twice a week. It’s the place that Toronto’s Muslims Go First!

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