December 26, 2013


The Canadian city of Toronto is due to host one of the largest conventions of Muslim speakers on Friday, thinkers and theologians in the world.

The Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) convention is expected to attract around 20,000 Muslims from North America and around the world, where lectures will be delivered in English.

As well as Muslim speakers giving lectures on spirituality, the event has in the past featured non-Muslim guest speakers who touch on subjects such as political and civil engagement.

This year the line-up includes well-known western Muslim speakers Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Habib Ali Al-Jifri, Ambassador Shabazz, Professor Tariq Ramadan, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Sr. Dalia Mogahed, Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Suhaib Webb, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan and Dr. Yasmin Mogahed.

Additionally, Malaysian group Raihan are due to perform Islamic songs, called nasheeds, as well as entertainment from Muslim comedian Maz Jobrani.

Canada’s 1 million strong Muslim community makes up about 3.2% of the overall population and is the fastest growing religion in Canada, having doubled its number of adherents between 2001 and 2011.


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