Islamic scholars to attend Journey of Faith conference in Toronto
Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 | 6:57 PM ET
Canadian Press: THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO - Nine international speakers will take part in a conference this month in Toronto that's expected to attract more than 5,000 Muslims from across Canada and around the world.
The Journey of Faith Conference is a collaborative effort of several Toronto Muslim communities and their young people, and will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre July 12-13, said a statement from organizers.
Speakers include Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, a Jamaican Canadian Islamic scholar based in Qatar, and Yahya Ibrahim, an Egyptian Canadian Islamic scholar from Australia.
There will be interactive workshops for kids, panel discussions and a book signing.
"In this tumultuous time politically, emotionally and spiritually for Muslims both in Canada and around the world, it is important that we hold onto the examples of our beloved Prophet (peace be upon him)," said Said Rageah, the Imam of Abu Hurairah Centre and the chairman of the conference.
"The challenges that we face in our day to day lives can be contextualized by focusing on the Prophet (peace be upon him) as a catalyst that will help in exemplifying how we live and practise Islam from its basics."
The goal is to understand Islam through the prophetic traditions of love, hope and tolerance, the statement said.