Category Archives: Muslim Youth
By Shehnaz Toorawa
As the new school year begins, more than 80,000 children in Canada will not enter a school building3. What motivates these parents who remove their children from the long-standing, and sometimes free, school system and educate their children themselves? Consider the ten reasons that follow.
Many families choose to homeschool their children because they want to: Continue reading
As MuslimFest, Canada’s largest Muslim summer festival, gets ready to kick off on July 31st at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, the Muslim Link sat down with Taha Ghayyur, one of the founders and organizers of the two-day art and cultural festival, to get his thoughts on the need for such event and his hopes for the future of Muslim artistes in North America.
What prompted the creation of MuslimFest?
It was in the summer of 2003 that a group of concerned people, including Muslim artists like Dawud Wharnsby Ali, community leaders like Abdul Malik Mujahid the President of Sound Vision, teachers, and other creative individuals from DawaNet gathered to discuss the most effective ways of connecting with our neighbours, communicating the message of Islam in creative fashion, and engaging Muslim youth.
Moreover, a strong need was felt to offer an alternative to the mainstream entertainment industry so Muslim youth and families could enjoy artistic performances and shows that are safe and grounded in Islamic ethics. Continue reading
By Taha Ghayyur
Whether you are a young Muslim, a new Muslim, or a student of Islam, these tips will help you enhance your Islamic learning and understanding in a wholesome and balanced way.
It will not only help you learn beneficial and practical knowledge, but will also develop a caring and contributing citizen of this world.
What are the priorities of the Muslim community today? What is required of me? Is it essential for me to spend 4 years isolated in a desert or some foreign country to study Islam or is it more beneficial for me to use my skills to benefit the community, while learning Islam in Canada? Continue reading
By Taha Ghayyur
“I want to be a scholar when I grow up! I will go to Syria to study Islam for five years.”
“You can’t learn Islam from books! You have to learn under a traditional Shaykh.”
“You should be careful about who you learn your Deen (religion) from! Don’t listen to this deviant scholar.”
“Make sure you never study the Quran on your own.”
“Just stick to Quran and Hadith and that’s enough! Scholars just pollute Islam with their personal interpretations.”
“You can’t learn or teach Islam without mastering Arabic first!”
“I don’t trust the Sunnah (Prophetic traditions). We should follow the Quran only.” Continue reading