What is Community: A Message from Faith Leaders in #Edmonton

A Multi-faith Message on Community in a Time of Pandemic Including: Ustadh Ibrahim Long - Islamic Family and Social Services Association (IFSSA) Pastor Ingrid Cramer-Doerschel - Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Rabbi Steve Schwarzman - Beth Shalom Synagogue Sheikh Dr. Usama Al-Atar - Al-Baqir Academy Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman - Anglican Diocese of Edmonton Rabbi … Continue reading What is Community: A Message from Faith Leaders in #Edmonton

Invitation to Christian-Muslim Dialogue

I am so happy to announce that a new website with resources for Christian-Muslim dialogue has just been launched! It is called ACommonWord.ca It provides an array of videos, articles, reading suggestions, and a resource kit for those looking to better understand Christian-Muslim dialogue and want ideas for how to host a dialogue in their … Continue reading Invitation to Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Chapter Published in New Book

New Book Release by the Canadian Multifaith Federation.  Multifaith Perspectives in Spiritual & Religious Care: Change, Challenge and Transformation The book presents a comprehensive range of original chapters written by scholars and practitioners on the topics of spiritual and religious care, chaplaincy, and integrating  related theories and practices in various sectors. This single volume has five extensive … Continue reading Chapter Published in New Book

Caring for Ahmad and Other Muslim Youth

To continue the conversation about youth at risk, and how imams and Muslim chaplains can respond, I asked my dear friend Sh. Jamaal Diwan to offer a reflection on the points raised in my article "What Happened to Ahmad: Responding to Muslim Youth at Risk." The following is his insightful response: Since I was asked … Continue reading Caring for Ahmad and Other Muslim Youth

“What happened to Ahmad?”: Responding to Muslim Youth at Risk

“Ibrahim,” he asked, “can you speak with me?”  Ahmad*, 19, was a young Muslim man struggling with peer pressure at his community college to drink and engage in sexual activity. I was not the imam, nor was I a chaplain at this time, but I could see in his eyes that he was desperately seeking … Continue reading “What happened to Ahmad?”: Responding to Muslim Youth at Risk

Mind: The Interpreter

Imam al-Ghazali once said, ‎ "The tongue is the counselor, the mind the interpreter and the heart is what is affected." Ghazali's words present a succinct way of conceptualizing our relationship with the world around us. We are surrounded by various stimuli (including events, people, statements... etc) that, due to our interpretation of them, causes … Continue reading Mind: The Interpreter