Imam Dr. Hamid Slimi on the recent events in Canada:
“People are becoming aware and trying to make a difference, but it is our responsibility to show them the difference. Islam tells us that you can’t be a good Muslim unless you are a good human being. And, Islam tells us to stand for what it right and never join those who are wrong… Youth may think to go overseas and fight, [but fight] for what? The fight today is a fight in ignorance. The important fight we have today is to fight bigotry, to fight injustice, and [thanks be to God], Canada is a good ground to promote the values that all human beings share.”
Dr. Hamid Slimi is the Imam, Resident Scholar and Founder of Sayeda Khadija Centre (Mississauga, Ontario). He has been serving as an Imam, Chaplain, Educator and Consultant in Canada for over 17 years in different religious and educational institutions.
See how other Canadian Muslims are responding to the recent events in Ottawa:
Muslim youth are confused about how to understand a new group claiming the title of “Caliph” in Iraq. In this khutba (Friday sermon), Shaykh Hamza Yusuf provides guided insights into the reality of our tradition, the mercy of the Prophetic way, and the stark contrast to this that ISIS presents to the world.
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Interested in learning more about how Muslim scholars are responding to the crisis of ISIS?
Read about an open letter composed by leading Muslim scholars criticizing ISIS and the self-proclaimed caliph, al-Baghdadi.
The above lecture is from “A Prophetic Model for Islamic Chaplaincy,” an event hosted by the Muslim Chaplaincy of the University of Toronto on January 1, 2014. Dr. Mattson’s lecture provides an insightful look at how Muslims have historically addressed the needs of the community as they have arisen. She is introduced by the University of Toronto’s Muslim Chaplain, Amjad Tarsin.
Some beneficial points derived from the lecture:
“The real genius of Islamic civilization has been the ability of Muslims to make a realistic assessment of their surroundings and then develop programs and structures and institutions that can meet the need of those surroundings.” For example, the minaret, the dome, and the ijāza were all responses to needs assessed within the community.
“One of the challenges of our time is to have a realistic assessment of the situation in which we live… [which] is rapidly changing.” “[And, if ] there is one aspect of society today, of the world today, it’s that we live in a time of great dislocation. People are constantly being dislocated either by economic necessity, for family reasons, or being forced because of war or because of not having enough of the basics.”
Think, as well, of college students traveling away from their family, of patients in a hospital, those in prison, jail, or in the military…
Chaplains care for individuals who have been displaced, who or are in transition; for whatever reason that may be. Chaplains help to nurture a sense of community and belonging amidst transition and dislocation.
For more about Ingrid Mattson, PhD, visit her website.