Exchange Program 2011
Student Exchange Program - IIT (Canada) and French Islamic Institute of Islamic Sciences (France)
The Islamic Institute of Toronto is excited to announce an adult exchange program between IIT and the French Islamic Institute of Islamic Sciences in Paris (IFESI - institut francais des etudes et sciences islamiques).
The purpose of the exchange is to instil the concept of seeking knowledge everywhere a person may be, strengthen relationships between Muslims in different countries, understand cultures and provide an opportunity for Islamic education and travel.
The IIT will host ten adult students from the French Islamic Institute of Islamic Sciences in Paris (IFESI) between April 6 and 19. They will be involved in some education sessions, and will visit some of Canada's landmarks, including a trip to Ottawa and Montreal. Local students and members of the community may participate in the program, provided they register and pay any applicable fees.
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The IIT was honoured to host ten adult students from the French Islamic Institute of Islamic Sciences in Paris (IFESI) (from April 6 - 19.)
During their stay here, they studied hadith methodology with Sh. Abdool, Fiqh of priorities with Sh. Ahmad, and attended lectures by Dr. Hamid Slimi, Shaikh Abdalla Idris Ali, Shaikh Yusuf Badat, Imam Zijad Delic, and Dr. Abdullah Hakim-quick. They also attended sessions conducted by brother Jawad Jaffry, brother Muneeb Nasir, and brother Dawood Zwink.
The students were taken around to locales both near and far, such as the CN tower, the ROM, the Science Centre, the zoo, Casa Loma, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, and Montreal.
The purpose of the exchange was to instil the concept of seeking knowledge everywhere a person may be, strengthen relationships between Muslims in different countries, understand cultures and provide an opportunity for Islamic education and travel.
We pray the students benefited from their time here, and enjoyed their visit, and extend our sincere thanks to all the host families who made everything possible.
Visit iqra.ca for brother Muneeb Nasir's wrapup of the program
4pm - 6pm lecture: Islamic Law and Minorities - Imam Hamid Slimi
After an intensive session on the study of Fiqh of Priorities with Shaikh Ahmad Kutty, students visited the Ontario Science Centre where they explored the Weston Family Innovation Centre and had a thrill with the IMAX experience Tornado Alley, which documents two unprecedented missions seeking to encounter one of Earth's most awe-inspiring events, the birth of a tornado.
Students returned to the IIT in the evening for a lively discussion facilitated by Br. Muneeb Nasir, on the Uprising in the Arab World.
A full day of work, study, discussions and presentations! Students will be engaged in sessions on Hadith Methodology, Fiqh of Priorities as well as two important public sessions on Community engagement and Media in Canada.
Shaikh Yusuf Badat of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto provided an excellent introduction to Islamic Art. Students were treated with a hands-on calligraphy exercise and were able to take home a piece of artwork. The Islamic Foundation of Toronto itself is an example of fine Islamic architecture, and a tour of the facilities provided the students with the wide spectrum of services that the Mosque provides.
Our students took the full day today to visit Niagara Falls and be inspired by one of the most powerful vistas in the world. They were truly impressed with the beauty and power of the Falls, but even more impressed as the days go by with the sense of freedom and dignity that Canada offers.
Visit Masjid Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum and University of Toronto
After a visit to the CN Tower and a walk downtown, our students returned to the IIT for the formal opening session of the Exchange Program. Attendees were provided with a brief background of the program objectives and schedule. Shaikh Ahmad Kutty delivered a motivating piece on the importance of travel for seeking knowledge, and established that it has been a tradition amongst the Companions and later generation of scholars. Imam Hamid Slimi provided an excellent backgrounder on Islam and Muslims and Canada, and contrasted the Muslim presence in Canada and France. Adburrahmane Hedjouje, the co-ordinator of the Program provided an interesting profile of Islam and Muslims in France, and highlighted the challenges and opportunities of living as a religious minority in a country that does not officially recognize religion as an important element of public life. Bas Balkissoon, MPP for Scarborough Rouge River welcomed the participants on behalf of the Government of Ontario, and reflected on the vision of Pierre Elliott Trudeau in creating an environment in Canada that recognizes diversity as one of the strengths of the Canadian landscape, and introduced policy that would ensure respect for the traditions of people who have immigrated to Canada from all over the world.
IIT welcomed nine students from the French Islamic Institute of Islamic Sciences. They will be spending two weeks on an educational and cultural exchange, examining how Muslims live as a minority in Canada and exploring Canada's beautiful landmarks.
Please download the schedule for details
EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS - $5 per session
Fiqh of Priorities with Shaikh Ahmad Kutty
• 3 sessions
• Mon. April 11, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
• Tues. April 12, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
• Wed. April 13, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Hadith Methodology with Shaikh Abdool Hamid
• 4 sessions
• Fri. April 8, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
• Mon. April 11, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
• Thurs. April 14, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
• Fri. April 15, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
PUBLIC SESSIONS - free
Community Engagement: the experience with Muslim Scouts - Brother Dawood Zwink
• Mon. April 11, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Media in Canada - Brother Jawad Jaffry
• Mon. April 11, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Crisis in the Middle East - Br. Muneeb Nasir
• Tues. April 12, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Islamic Law and Muslim Minorities - Imam Hamid Slimi
• Thurs. April 14, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dr. Abdullah Hakim-Quick - Lessons in Leadership
• Fri. April 15, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
To participate in any of the above programs, please register (or e-mail us) between April 6 and 19.