Islamic Institute of Toronto

Islamic History Month 2014

A special message from Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick:

October is Islamic History Month in Canada - a celebration of the rich history of a civilization that now accounts one fifth of the world's population. At the Islamic Institute of Toronto, we will be showcasing this history - through documentaries, exhibitions and lectures.

Islamic History Month Canada (IHMC) was launched on October 25, 2007, with a motion in Canada's Parliament by the Honourable Mauril Belanger. October was then proclaimed as "Islamic History Month in Canada". IHMC was initiated and sustained by the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) from 2007 to 2012 but since then has been adopted by Muslim communities throughout the country as an opportunity to share the rich heritage of the Muslim world, the contributions made by Muslim scholars and inventors and the valuable stories of Muslim people who now make up over 25% of the earth's population.

IHMC is a golden opportunity to open the doors of Islamic centers and Masjids throughout the country and reconnect with the general populace. It is also a chance for Muslim leaders and scholars to provide clear answers to the many questions that service providers, law enforcement and government officials have concerning the true meaning of Islam and the role that Muslims can play in society. We encourage all schools, religious institutions, and government agencies to take this opportunity to reach out to their Muslim neighbors and colleagues and help foster understanding and cooperation in our country.

I invite you to join me and our special guests, Dr. Kathy Bullock and Dr. Zijad Delic, as we provide you with a glimpse into the rich history and the contemporary reality of Islam in Canada, and the world.

Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick's introduction to Islamic History Month


Oct. 17-19: Poster display (lobby and library/reading room upstairs): Discover Islam, 1001 Inventions, "My Mushaf" exhibition
Oct. 17: Khutbah on Islamic history with Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick
Oct. 17: Documentary & Discussion - Mosque One with Dr. Kathy Bullock at 6:30 pm
Oct. 18: Documentary & Discussion - Koran by Heart - with Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick after youth halaqa - 7:00 pm
Oct. 19: Documentary & Discussion - Enemy of the Reich: The Story of Noor Inayat Khan - 5:30 pm
Oct. 24: Documentary & Discussion - Prince Among Slaves with Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick - 7:30 pm
Oct. 25: Sri Lankan community dinner for IHMC - Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick - external program
Oct. 31: Khutbah by Dr. Zijad Delic; school program & evening lecture

Islamic History Month Final Event

IIT is pleased to have Imam Dr. Zijad Delic as a visiting scholar on Friday, October 31 as our final Islamic History Month event.

Dr. Delic will be leading the Friday prayers and will have a special discussion session with teachers from 3:30 - 4:30 pm on Friday at the IIT (Room 232).

The session will focus on how teachers can integrate critical concepts about citizenship in various strands of the curriculum based on the work he has done defining a constructive integration of Muslims in Canadian society. The discussion is relevant to the contemporary reality of Muslims in Canada, especially in light of the recent killing of a reservist at the Canadian War Memorial and current debates about radicalization, terrorism, civil rights and social justice. We encourage schools to send teacher representatives.

Imam Zijad will also have a session with MSA executives at UTSC, followed by a special meeting with Board and Committee Members of IIT.

Toronto celebrates Islamic History Month

October is Islamic History Month in Canada (IHMC) and community groups across Toronto are showcasing Muslim contributions to the world.

"Bridge-building with understanding is one of the goals of IHMC," states the IHMC website. "More importantly, at a time when Muslim are being perceived as the 'other', it's a time dedicated to showcasing Muslims' contributions to humanity many may not be aware of. Continued...

Sri Lankan community dinner for Islamic History Month

Sat. Oct. 25: SAILAN Muslim Foundation's event at Islamic Institute of Toronto was impressive with Muslim scholars sharing the podium with members of parliament. A message of unity in diversity, respect, peace and love for everyone.


Islamic History Month documentaries & discussion

Wonderful event on Fri. Oct. 17 at IIT with Dr. Abdullah Hakim Quick and Dr. Kathy Bullock on the First Mosque in Toronto. On Sat. Oct. 18 we continued with the documentary Koran By Heart - right after the Youth Halaqa at 7:00 pm.

Join us at 5:30 pm on Sun. Oct. 19 for a screening of Enemy of the Reich: The Story of Noor Inayat Khan. Come early and take a look at our poster display and collection of books on Islamic history and culture and some rare translations of the Quran. Our Islamic History Month documentary series concludes with Prince Among Slaves at 7:30 pm on Fri. Oct. 24 - the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South.

My Mushaf

A timeless collection of memories and thoughts about the copy of the Qur'an that has had an impact on your life.

Do you have a Mushaf that has a place in your heart or your memory? Perhaps it was handed down from your grandparents, or survived a war or conflict? Perhaps it was your first copy even before you became Muslim? Whatever it is, we want you to share the story of your Mushaf as part of Islamic History Month! Please send it it by e-mail to before Wednesday, October 15. Simply write a brief (500 words) blurb about what makes it interesting. We will publish it on our website and on social media and display some of the more interesting stories as part of our exhibition for IHMC. As Alex Kronemer, one of the founders of Unity Productions Foundation recently said " Muslims we need to tell our own narratives".

Imam Abu Hanifa: the Quintessence of Islamic Law

An interesting article for Islamic History Month: "This intolerant sectarianism rent asunder the fabric of Muslim society, deforming all its features—religion, morals, government, culture, civilization. In the midst of this all-pervading destruction there was only one constructive voice, that of Abu Hanifa, declaring aloud: “Of the people of the Qiblah there is none whom we consider an infidel." Continued...

The European Jerusalem: Sarajevo

Great article and images on Muslim heritage in Central Europe.