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SPECIAL PUBLIC FORUM
‘A CONVERSATION’
 

A CONVERSATION: BALANCING LIBERTY

AND

SECURITY IN A CIVIL SOCIETY

 THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015,

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The issues of Liberty and Security stand on their own merits as central concepts in a liberal democracy and open society such as ours, and the tension between the two is the basis for our ‘conversation.’

 

PANELISTS INCLUDE:

 

Leo Adler: Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall

Law School of York U, International Criminal Law

 

Diane Bederman: Multi-faith chaplain, journalist

for Canada Free Press, Times of Israel, Convivium

 

Salim Mansur: Professor of Political Science at

Western University, author:  Delectable Lie: a

liberal repudiation of multiculturalism

 

Raheel Raza: President of Muslims Facing

Tomorrow, author: Their Jihad – Not My Jihad

 

John Thompson: Expert on domestic and

international political instability and

organized violence

 

Christine Williams: Author, international

award-winning journalist and TV producer.

MODERATOR:Miles Smit, Executive Vice

President, Speakers Action Group

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Hearing of the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security

Opening Statement By Dr. Salim Mansur March 23, 2015

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Mr. Chairman and Members of the Standing Committee:

I want to begin by thanking you for this invitation to provide you as an independent expert my views on Bill C-51. I will express these from the perspectives of political philosophy and history, and from that of a life-long devotion as a Muslim to the study of Islam, Muslim history and society, and comparative religion. I want to stress this point, since criticisms of Bill C-51 are unhelpful when abstract notions of freedom and their impairment are discussed narrowly, or exclusively, from a legalistic point of view with insufficient attention to the contemporary reality in our world.

The preamble of Bill C-51 states the purpose of this proposed anti-terrorism legislation. There is the need to equip Canada to deal adequately and effectively in terms of security threats from violent Islamist jihadists that loom larger and larger in our post-9/11 world, and that Canada is not insulated from this threat-filled reality.

The third paragraph of the preamble in Bill C-51 reads, “there is no more fundamental role for a government than protecting its country and its people.” This is a succinct statement of what has been amply discussed in classical liberal political theory from Hobbes and Locke to Raymond Aron and Hans Morgenthau. From the perspective of classical liberalism it is understood that the freedom we enjoy in a society such as ours is the fruit of security, or that there can be no freedom in the absence of or weakness in security. This relationship between security and freedom was expressed by the founding fathers of the United States in terms of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and the same was expressed by Canada’s founding fathers in terms of “peace, order, and good government.” And the central concern of liberal democratic order is in keeping the balance right between security and freedom.

The authors of Bill C-51 are cognizant of this naturally given tension between security and freedom. They acknowledge that measures, such as sharing of information within government of activities that undermine Canadian security are to be consistent with requirements of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in protecting privacy. Bill C-51, in my reading, is not designed to turn Canada into some version of Hobbes’s Leviathan or Orwell’s 1984, despite at times the fevered imagination of its critics.

Bill C-51 is directed against Islamist jihadists and to prevent or pre-empt them from their stated goal to carry out terrorist threats against the West, including Canada. The threats are real, not hypothetical, and they have multiplied ever since 9/11 brought Islamic terrorism to North America. The most recent Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community presented by James R. Clapper, Director of US National Intelligence, informs us of the growth of multiple threats to our security, and the most ominous is that of violence emanating out of the Middle East following the rise of ISIS in the midst of the Syrian conflict that erupted in 2011. This US intelligence report states, “Since the conflict began in 2011, more than 20,000 foreign fighters – at least 3,400 of whom are Westerners – have gone to Syria from more than 90 countries.” According to Canadian government sources in 2014 there were some “130 individuals with Canadian connections who were abroad and who were suspected of terrorism-related activities.” These numbers have likely increased during the past twelve months.

In terms of the debate on Bill C-51 some 130 individuals with Canadian connections involved in jihad-related terrorism might not seem much to justify the measures being proposed. In my view these numbers are going to grow as the situation in the Middle East and the surrounding region worsens, as the IS (Islamic State) expands its control of territories in the Levant and attracts more Muslims from the West to assist in building the newly declared Caliphate. As the number of jihadists increases so will the threats of violent terrorism, and the likelihood that despite the best efforts of our security-intelligence agencies the jihadists will succeed in striking us as in the case of the bombing of the Boston Marathon in April 2013 or the massacre at Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015.

We are at war, a war dramatically and radically different from past wars, and this war was declared against the liberal democratic West by Islamists well before 9/11. The reason the United States was taken by surprise on 9/11, as were subsequently Spain and Britain and France, and as we Canadians were taken by surprise last October, is because we did not take this Islamist declaration of war against the West seriously.

From the perspective of the Islamists, both Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims, there are two fronts, the “near” and the “far”, and these are linked. Consequently, the conflicts of the Middle East, or of the Muslim world, are global and, therefore, they reach us. Canada is not insulated from the madness or barbarism or savagery of a war that Canadians might not comprehend or deny having anything to do with them. But we, Canadians, are affected whether we like it or not because of the nature of our open society, of the flow of immigrants from the Middle East and the larger Muslim world, and the history of our relationship with that part of the world.

It would be naivety on our part not to take seriously the reality of jihadist sleeper cells and Islamist fifth columns in our midst. Long before 9/11 the Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood planned and put into place their operatives within the public institutions of western democracies, and documents detailing the modus operandi of Muslim Brotherhood operatives were found by intelligence agencies and submitted as evidence in some of the terrorist trials held in the US after 9/11.

I will end by pointing out that the bitter Sunni-Shi’a conflict in the Middle East, which is more than millennium old, will intensify and worsen. The theology and politics of the IS are exterminationist, and its Sunni driven Shi’a hatred will invariably elicit similar Shi’ite response with far reaching consequences. This conflict will reach the West, and will spark sectarian tensions within western democracies as has occurred as a result of the Arab-Israeli conflict. We only need to read Dabiq, the official magazine of the IS, to discover how blood-curdling is the theo-politics of this newest brand of Islamists as they revive nostalgia among a segment of Muslims with appeal of the Caliphate and, thereby, deepen the nature of the declared war between the IS version of the House of Islam and the Rest. They are driven by visions of the end time, of apocalypse, and their fanaticism will crash over their heads eventually. In the meantime we need to take them seriously, for we know from history that politics driven by eschatological visions end dreadfully. In this context the measures proposed in Bill C-51 to deal with the nature of threats Canada faces are quite rightly and urgently needed to protect and keep secure the freedom of her citizens.

Thank you.

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Video: MFT Rally in Support of Minorities

Sept 21, 2014

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REPORT ON A RALLY HELD BY MFT AT QUEEN’S PARK

On Sunday September 21, 2014, UN International Day of Peace, The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow in collaboration with its partners, hosted a rally at Queen’s Park to speak out against extremism and to show support for the beleaguered minority communities, Christian and non-Christian, across the Middle East and the Muslim world facing extermination.

As we all know, ISIS began to over-run parts of Syria and Iraq to establish for itself the Islamic State and declared a Caliphate in June of this year. The minority communities of Christians and non-Christians in the region have been brutally attacked, killed or forcefully converted under pain of death.

At MFT we are terribly distressed that in the name of Islam barbarism has taken roots in the Middle East, and set out to convert, evict, or destroy Christian and non-Christian communities that pre-date Islam.

The rally was attended at its height by 125 people from all walks of life. However the response and feedback from the event makes it seem like thousands were there.

It was a true Canadian mosaic with Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Christians and Muslims attending. The Muslim numbers for various reasons were less than expected but at MFT we continue to strive to build partnerships and increase our numbers in time for the next event

Although we did not initially formally invite any political parties directly, the invitation went far and wide electronically and by word of mouth. So we were pleasantly surprised that the Conservative Government under the leadership of Honorable Stephen Harper, with his bold stance against extremism, took a keen interest in our cause. As a result five MP’s came and spoke along with The Honorable Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism and MFT was acknowledged.

This left us wondering what the stand of other political parties is?  As I quoted at the event from Martin Luther King. Jr. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”.

Feedback: “although I only heard about the rally from friends, I attended and was gratified in hearing such excellent supporters speak. It was well organized in that there were short speeches, all on the same page. Let us hope that sanity will prevail, and your work will be embraced, and result in positive outcome.” an attendee

 “Today, I was proud to speak at a rally at Queens Park hosted by Muslims Facing Tomorrow – a progressive group that speaks out against terrorism, violent Jihad and anti-semitism. It was wonderful to see a variety of Canadians come together from various faith and cultural groups. We stood together in solidarity and in defiance on this day – marking International Day for Peace.” Avi Benlolo, FSWC

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MFT QUEENS PARK RALLY FOR TO SUPPORT CHRISTIAN MINORITIES

In Support for minority Christian and other minority religious communities in the Middle East and the Muslim world

Muslims Facing Tomorrow calls for Public Rally on the UN International Day for Peace on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Queen’s Park, Toronto, from 2 – 4 pm

~ Please join us ~

Muslims Facings Tomorrow (MFT) and its friends across the GTA will be coming together on the steps of Ontario’s Legislature at Queen’s Park to show support for the beleaguered minority communities, Christian and non-Christian, across the Middle East and the Muslim world facing extermination. Since the jihadi warriors of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began to over-run parts of Syria and Iraq to establish for itself the Islamic State and declared a Caliphate in June of this year, the minority communities of Christians and non-Christians in the region have been brutally attacked, killed or forcefully converted into Islam under pain of death. Increasing numbers of these minorities have been forcefully driven from lands where they had made home for millennia and turned into refugees. Christians and other minorities (Hindus, Buddhists, Bahai’s, minority Muslim sects such as the Ahmediyya, Sikhs, Parsis, etc.) across the Muslim world are similarly in peril.

The response from the international community against such barbarity has been appallingly negligible. We, in MFT and our friends, recall how eventually vigorous was the response of the UN and Nato members to ethnic-cleansing in the Balkans during the 1990s, and the mass killings of minority Muslim population of southern Europe was halted. The destruction of minority Christian and non-Christian communities of the Middle East is no less a crime against humanity as was the threatened extermination of Muslims in the Balkans, and similar response as in the Balkans is needed.

As Muslims we are terribly distressed that in the name of Islam barbarism has taken roots in the Middle East, and set out to convert, evict, or destroy Christian and non-Christian communities that pre-date Islam. Such violence is an abomination in the name of any religion; it is a stain on our collective conscience, a terrible rebuke to our sense of civility, and a demand on us as a people and a civilization to respond with urgency putting an end to such savagery.

Please join us on September 21 at Queen’s Park, Toronto, and let our elected representatives in Ottawa hear from us.

Please contact: Raheel or Sohail Raza, 416-505-1613 or email razzaz55@hotmail.com

PARTNERS AND SUPPORT BY:
Canadian Thinkers’ Forum
Forum for Learning
Muslim Committee Against Anti-Semitism
Progressive Muslims Institute Canada
Western Canadian Muslims for democracy
Quest for Learning Centre
International Christian Voice
Speakers Action Group

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Honoring Ramadan’s message

A group of Muslims from Canada invited people from all faiths to come together and celebrate Ramadan, reports AJIT JAIN

By Ajit Jain
TheIndianDiaspora.com
Jul 14, 2014
People praying before breaking their Ramadan fast
People praying before breaking their Ramadan fast


Toronto
: At this time in the world when there is so much strife, a group of Muslim brothers and sisters took the initiative of inviting people from all faiths and backgrounds to come together and break the bread.

The event was the initiative of a group of Muslim organizations – Muslims Facing Tomorrow, Forum of Learning, Muslims Against Anti Semitism and Coalition of Progressive Canadian Muslim Organizations – held on July 10 at Eat More Restaurant in Toronto.

Mississauga City Councillor Bonnie Crombie
Mississauga City Councillor Bonnie Crombie

“It’s so important that we (irrespective of our faiths) gather together to break the bread,” said the event’s lead organizer Raheel Raza, who is amongst highly applauded multi-faith activist in Canada.

“There are very few places left in the world where Christians, Jews, Muslims (of all sects), Sikhs and the Hindus can sit together to break bread and pray for peace. This can only happen in Canada.”

Ramadan is a holy month when Prophet Muhammad received the first of the revelations from the Angel Gabriel that make up the Quran, explained keynote speaker, Dr Salim Mansur, professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario), who hails from Kolkata.

So, to him, “it is appalling that this period (of Ramadan) traditionally set aside for prayer and reflection, has been turned on its head by Muslim extremists in Iraq, Nigeria, Gaza and beyond as they wage violence and destruction in the name of Islam.”

Instead of “turning inward” and through fasting make it “an act of remembrance with gratitude for what God has provided… the world of Islam has become a strange and fearful place,” said Mansur. “Muslim extremists,” sadly for him and other guests “avow their faith even as they violate the sacredness of Ramadan, perverting this month … with warfare and wanton killing.”

Prof Salim Mansur (left) and chief organizer of the event Raheel Raza
Prof Salim Mansur (left) and chief organizer of the event Raheel Raza

“(We) who do not speak out against this unholy violation are also turning away from God’s gift. (And the sad part is) many Muslims have given it a new meaning by making their violence inseparable from their belief.”

So, the cure for this malady lies within Islam, “malady that grips those Muslims and their leaders, who think that through violent jihad, they will reconstruct their imagined glorious past,” he emphasized.

“Ramadan is the month of blessings for Muslims, should they seek to earn God’s mercy,” the academic suggested. “The path of bigotry and violence in the name of Islam that many have taken is unmistakably that of Satan dressed in religious garb.”

“Last night was a delightful… People from all faiths, from various walks of life came together … (and) what brought them together is their mutual dedication and feeling of responsibility toward fellow human beings who are not as fortunate as such and are trying to survive in turmoil and war zone,” said Aruna Papp, an activist and author of two books, who was amongst the invited guests. “It was an event which allowed me to meet other people who share the same passion as I do, to eliminate violence and work together to bring about peace where ever we can.”

“A beautiful and memorable evening hosted by Raheel Raza in the honor of Honor Diaries – bringing people of all sects and religions on one table in the Holy month of Ramzan – teaching and enlightening everyone the lesson of love, peace, harmony and tolerance,” well known author Samreen Ahsan said in an interview.

City of Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion was to come for the event but conflicting engagements prevented her from coming. She was represented by City Councillor Bonnie Crombie who greeted the guests on behalf of the Mayor. She also laid emphasis on the significance of bringing people of different faith groups on one table to share the meal, that significance being harmony amongst all fellow beings.

“Peace in the world is almost impossible without full participation of women,” chief event organizer Raza suggested in her concluding remarks. “Unfortunately in some parts of the world today, women are not even recognized as equal human beings. So tonight is also an opportunity to hold in our hearts and prayers, those women who are daily suffering abuse and violence globally.”

Invitees included Vahan Kololian, Chairman of the Mosaic Institute; Samir Dossal, President of Canada-Pakistan Business Council; Tahir Gora, Founder of Canadian Thinkers Forum; Miles Sohome, Speakers Action Bureau; Badar Shamim of the Rotary Club and Abdulaziz Dewjee, Organization of Islamic Learning who led the Ramadan prayer with guests, irrespective of their faiths, joining him and others.

(The author can be contacted at – ajit.jain0410@gmail.com)


Panelists decry Muslim anti-semitism

Jodie Shupac, Staff Reporter, Monday, June 9, 2014
Tags: Canada

Raheel Raza

TORONTO — “The only way to kill an idea is to expose it,” Raheel Raza, Muslim Canadian journalist, media consultant, anti-racism activist and author of Their Jihad… Not my Jihad! declared starkly to an audience of about 120 at the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies’ (FSWC) inaugural Leadership Policy Conference on Anti-Semitism.

Held on Sunday, June 8, at the University of Toronto’s Hart House, the conference featured five panel discussions, each examining a different element of contemporary anti-Semitism.

Raheel spoke on the third panel, “Muslims against Anti-Semitism,” alongside Tahir Gora, Pakistani writer, activist and founder of Canadian Thinkers’ Forum, a think-tank specializing in Islamic radicalization and anti-Semitic incidents in the Muslim diaspora, and Tarek Fatah, author of The Jew is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths of Muslim Anti-Semitism, Toronto Sun columnist and founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, a think-tank that gives a voice to Muslims not affiliated with existing organizations.

The panel was moderated by Evan Green, incoming chair of the Lawyers 4Wiesenthal, a group of attorneys dedicated to promoting the FSWC’s agenda.

The three Muslim panelists spoke out vehemently against what they characterized as a pervasive anti-Semitism found in Canada and across the Muslim world and which, stoked by Islamic extremism, often forms the underpinning of anti-Israel rhetoric, Israeli Apartheid Week and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

Raza, who is also president of the Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow, a group working to “reclaim Islam” and oppose extremism and violence in the name of religion, said it’s important for the Jewish community to ask itself, “Who are our real friends?”

She warned against “seemingly innocuous” displays of anti-Semitism, such as those that she said sometimes emerge under the pretext of interfaith dialogue.

“Some aspects of anti-Semitism you see flat out, like Israeli Apartheid Week. But then there are those subtle forms that come under the umbrella of interfaith dialogue – the whole term interfaith dialogue has been hijacked by [extremist] Islamists.”

She said hatred of Jews is often embedded in early Islamic education, and that Jews cannot afford to “stand by silently anymore” regarding things like anti-Israel activities on university campuses.

“If anti-Jewish sentiment is taught early in mosques, then is there any wonder you have Israeli Apartheid Week and BDS campaigns in places of education?”

Jewish university students should be provided with tools to push back against these campaigns, she said.

Gora spoke about the challenge that progressive, anti-extremist Muslims such as he and his fellow panelists face in fighting anti-Semitism and how it’s important to come back with “actions and solutions, not just words.”

He said the majority of Muslims fall into “grey zones” regarding their opinions about Jews and Israel, and that, in the absence of progressive Islamist centres in the Toronto area, “they tend to only hear the Islamist organizations in Toronto, which are against Jews and the state of Israel.”

He added: “We must reach out to these Muslims regarding the legitimacy of the Israeli state and the image of the Jewish community… to create awareness, seminars and good literature.”

An audience member asked the speakers whether anti-Semitism is not only fostered by state-sponsored Islamofascism, but ingrained in the Islamic religion.

Gora said religious scripture must, in some cases, be separated from real life, while Raza, who describes herself as an observant Muslim, said passages in the Qur’an condoning actions now considered violations of human rights should be abandoned.

“Other religions have left some parts of scripture behind, and I believe that we must leave some parts of Qur’an scripture behind, such as the parts calling for armed Jihad or hatred of Jews.”

She said she sees no conflict between her faith and her support for Israel.

“My understanding of my faith is very Jewish-friendly. When I read the Qur’an, I understand that Israel was the land for the Jewish People.”

Fatah spoke about the need for honesty among Muslims, “especially among those who call themselves moderate.”

He stressed that Israeli Apartheid Week and the BDS movement are necessarily anti-Semitic.

“What else is it? There’s no BDS against Saudi Arabia. I’ve never heard of anyone having a BDS movement against China manufacturing goods out of slave camps… If you can’t boycott Saudi Arabia, you can’t boycott Israel.”

Fatah also asserted that without a two-state solution and the creation of a Palestinian state, Israel’s and the Jewish Diaspora’s problems won’t cease.

“Palestine has to be a state and Israel has to get out of the West Bank… there is no choice. And this is the Israeli consensus. It’s only in North America where Jewish organizations question the two-state solution… A lot of time in the Jewish Diaspora is being wasted on unnecessary arguments that have no outcomes.

– See more at: http://cjnews.com/privacy-policy?q=node/125729


The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow
in collaboration with Speakers Action Group
and Act! For Canada
announce the Toronto launch and screening of the award-winning documentary
HONOR DIARIES
www.honordiaries.com

Sunday 30th March 2014 – 10:00 am
@
Colossus Woodbridge, Famous Players Cineplex
3555 Highway 7 West at Hwy 400, Vaughan, ON L4L 6B1
Cost of admission: $ 10.00 per person*

Presented by : Raheel Raza, President Muslims Facing Tomorrow

“The stories in ‘Honor Diaries’  … will succeed in raising awareness of atrocities happening around the world”  LA TIMES.COM/RED EYE REVIEW
“When women suffer in silence, they suffer alone, and their suffering grows. Only when women come together and break the silence can this suffering end.  Comment after the screening at the CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL

Supported by: Coalition of Progressive Canadian Muslim Organizations
(CPCMO)

Please reserve your seats by contacting 416-505-1613 or razzaz55@yahoo.com

and choose one of the following payment options:

1.    Pay at the door – cash only

2.    Send cheque made out to Muslims Facing Tomorrow to the following address:

P.O. Box 41, 4000 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6S 2T7
Canada

3.     If paying by credit card, make a direct payment through paypal @
http://muslimsfacingtomorrow.com/how-to-help


 

MFT SPEAKER SERIES

Paul Marshall, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom will speak about his latest book Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide.

Paul Marshall is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and the author and editor of more than twenty books on religion and politics, especially religious freedom. He is the author of several hundred articles, and his writings have been translated into Russian, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Danish, Albanian, Japanese, Malay, Korean, Arabic, Farsi, and Chinese. He is in frequent demand for lectures and media appearances, including interviews on ABC Evening News; CNN; PBS; Fox; the British, Australian, Canadian, South African, and Japanese Broadcasting Corporations; and Al Jazeera. His work has been published in, or is the subject of, articles in the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Christian Science Monitor, First Things, New Republic, Weekly Standard, Reader’s Digest,and many other newspapers and magazines.

Date: Saturday April 13, 2013

Time:  6pm  to 7pm

Location: Room 1, North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 5N9

This is a free event. We encourage membership with MFT at the yearly rate of $25.00 per person. You may send a cheque made out to Muslims Facing Tomorrow and mailed to P.O. Box 41, 4000 Dundas Street W., Toronto, ON M6S 2T7 or use paypal on the website www.muslimsfacingtomorrow.com.

Generous contributions are encouraged so we may meet our mandate of community programming. We encourage you to visit our website regularly for current and future program details.

For details and information please contact:

info@muslimsfacingtomorrow.com      416-505-1613


Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow is pleased to announce programming for the first half of 2013. These programs are open to all and we are happy to partner with organizations in sync with our mandate. For partnerships please contact info@muslimsfacingtomorrow.com
We encourage membership with MFT at the yearly rate of $25.00 per person. You may send a cheque made out to Muslims Facing Tomorrow and mailed to to P.O. Box 41, 4000 Dundas Street W., Toronto, ON M6S 2T7 or use paypal on the website www.muslimsfacingtomorrow.com.
Generous donations are encouraged so we may meet our mandate of community programming. We encourage you to visit our website regularly for current and future program details.
PROGRAMS FOR FIRST HALF OF 2013
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2013 Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
MILAAD UN NABI – A celebration of Prophet Mohammad through stories, songs and sufi chants. Venue tbc
SATURDAY MARCH 30, 2013 Time: 2:30 to 4:30 pm
SHARIA COLLOQUIUM SERIES – (First)  with Hasan Mahmud who is a sharia expert and board member of The Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow.  Main auditorium, North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 5N9
SATURDAY APRIL 13, 2013 5:30 PM
SPEAKER SERIES: (First) Paul Marshall, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom will speak about his latest book Silenced How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide. Room 1, North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 5N9
SATURDAY MAY 04, 2013 12 NOON
Multi-faith PEACE CONCERT  at Toronto City Hall. Details to follow.


Silence is the mother of truth.
~Benjamin Disraeli

Between the ugly, thunderous & violent roar of the radical extremists and the wishy washy whimper of the majority, lies THE SILENT VOICE.

Come and hear this voice at the launch of The Council For Muslims Facing Tomorrow  www.muslimsfacingtomorrow.com

Our Mission: Whereas in the contemporary world the values of individual freedom, human rights and gender equality, science and democracy are cherished universal ideals, yet Muslims and non-Muslim minorities espousing these ideals in countries that are member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation face abuse, persecution, and violence;  and whereas Muslims and people of all other faith traditions need to come together in opposing bigotry in the name of religion; therefore our Mission is to nurture harmonious coexistence among people of all faith traditions, to supporting open and free intellectual discourse about our history beset with problems that need to be publicly discussed, to celebrating as Canadians our cultural diversity in all of its aspects and keeping Canada safe.

When:
Sunday September 30, 2012

Time:
5 to 8 pm

Venue:
Auditorium of North York Central Library (2nd floor across from Library)
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto , ON M2N 5N9 (Yonge & Sheppard Avenue)

(Located on west side of Yonge Street on the north side of Mel  Lastman Square beside the  North York Civic Centre. TTC subway station North York Centre. Walk to library located in  the mall. Parking lot on Beecroft Road, meter parking on side streets, and underground).

Keynote Speaker:

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. is the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D. is the Founder and President of theAmerican Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD).  A devout Muslim, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States as an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the founding principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, through the separation of mosque and state.  Dr. Jasser is a first generation American Muslim whose parents fled the oppressive Baath regime of Syria in the mid-1960’s for American freedom.  Today, he is leading the fight for moderate Muslims who love their faith while embracing American principles and rejecting the hold that Islamist organizations have over American Muslims. Dr. Jasser is the author of The Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith(Simon & Schuster, June 2012). He is featured in four documentaries America at Risk,Islam v Islamists, A Question of Honor and The Third Jihad.

 www.aifdemocracy.org

 

Due to limited space, RSVP is urgently required. Please send number of guests  along with their names asap to:

info@muslimsfacingtomorrow.com or call : 416-505-1613                                     

PLEASE NOTE SEATING WILL BE ON A FIRST COME BASIS