TORONTO RIS IV – 2005
Original address: http://www.muslimlink.ca/downloads/06jan.pdf
Source: Muslim Link, January 2006, p. 5
Author: Bedrria Charanek
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Original title: TORONTO RIS IV – 2005
Successful civilizations are constructed together by individuals working mutually with the intent to reach progress in social order. The forth annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention has made Islamic Civilization its focus theme topic in an effort to revive the Islamic spirit of guests from all across North America this year. An estimated ten thousand people attended the successful three-day conference starting December 23rd at the National Trade Center of Toronto.
Honored and welcomed were distinguished scholars who showcased Islamic leadership from all across the globe. There advice on how to better the characteristics of the people as Muslims was both an internal and external formula on how to attain the ideal “model” behavior.
Renowned scholars, professors and speakers such as Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Dr. Zakir Naik, Dr. Tareq Suwaidan, Dr. Omar Abdel Kafi, Ms. Shabazz, Imam Zaid Shakir and many more collectively spoke on the impact Islamic civilization has on the Muslim world today. Islamic civilization in the past and in the present is noticeable by the achievements of men and women who contributed in medicine, science and art. They also explained how the very foundation of the lives of Muslims is based on morals and ethics. In addition, the many verses mentioned in
the Qur’an describing how Muslims must be a community built on ethics were heavily addressed evenly throughout all lectures.
To expect good of the people when a person has forgotten to better one’s own character, “Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an ‘Why do you (humans) say that which you do not (yourselves) do? In regards to morals and ethics,’” said Imam Zaid Shakir in his lecture titled Reviving the Islamic Civilizational Model. “We have to look deep into our hearts if we want to contribute to the Islamic civilization.” Imam Zaid Shakir is one of the most respected and influential Muslim scholars in the West. He accepted Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force.
Ms. Shabazz, a producer, writer and lecturer, and one of the most sought after and captivating speakers in the United States, Europe, Africa and Central America, enlightened the mass audience with her topic on Marking the Past, Building the Future. She spoke on the detailed contributions of one of the most profound leading Muslim intellectuals of our times, her father and role model, Malcom X – Al Haj Malik Shabazz.
This detailed conference, which consisted of the revival of a diverse people and a contribution to humanity, also gave the opportunity of cultural awareness in the assembly of a “Grand Souk” marketplace. This brought together people of all ethnicities together in cultural merriment, followed by a delightful halal menu consisting of traditional meals conveniently available throughout the weekend. This unique youth effort once again has been written in history and has managed to leave its attendees satisfied and in awe with there successful and well organized hard work.