Thursday, 12 December 2013

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November activities

Ambition nov 2013

Faith in the Regent Park

Having the resources and energy to address the growing issues in the city was the conversation at the recently held Faith in Regent Park conference.
Many faith leaders, police, social workers and youth activists were present. The Muslims were represented by the Canadian Muslim Women organization and the masjid Omar Khattab as well as Anela Jadunandan and Habeeb Alli.
A play by Sahar illustrated the many layers of domestic violence. Where participants threw as many as ten shawls on a victim, each shawl representing the silence and ignorance of those who worsen the problem.
Dub poet Mustapha was in the house doing a poem on the youths need a voice.
The deliberations looked at employment, openness to the faith leaders and police, clearing of gangs, health care, etc.
The chief organizer was Kevin Moore from the Ryerson University who took this project as a spin off of the faith on the city symposium held earlier this year at city hall.

DAWN Foundation held second symposium on Muslims in Canada issues

A wonderful array of Muslim leaders from a wide background gathered at the Woodbine Banquet Hall early Sunday morning to deliberate on issues facing Canadian Muslims

Chief guest Haroon Siddiqi highlighted the many achievements as well as challenges Muslims face and placed this within the wider framework of immigrants facing discrimination even after the Charter has established.

Farid Amin did an amazing job presenting a year of study and analysis on the various issues after listening to the steering committee comprising of Islamic Foundation President Javaid Khan, Ahl Bayt Assembly of Canada leader Ghulam Abbas and Islamic Scholar Habeeb Alli among others.

Fatima Sajan, who recently received the outstanding women award, coordinated the meetings, conference and documentations to make a successful event where board members of DAWN came from as far as London, Hanny Hassan.
Many attendees gave their input through smaller working groups.

Brampton Halfway house held Eid dinner

Muslims enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Brampton Halfway house recently with many talking about their progress reintegrating into society after years of incarceration.
One inmate spoke of his working hard to find work and be there for his family after so many years away from them and society. It's not an easy journey and the importance of listening and supporting those who have made mistakes and have paid their time and now trying to reintegrate.
The festival of Abraham taught us that during the Hajj and during Qurbani we seek our own forgiveness so why cant we forgive others? Habeeb Alli is the Federal Chaplain in Ontario and serves sis institutions every week.

MSA of U of T Scarborough held fundraiser for  IDRF.
Where do you get a choice of donation to projects from a single charity in one night.
That was the idea behind the beautiful gala held by Muslim Students Association at University of Toronto. They wanted to make a difference given the splash of poverty every where and to give to a known charity registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency.
IDRF has been working in 30 countries for the past 30 years. The projects are many but the five chosen that wonderful evening were children, women, schools, water and Palestine. The water for Palestine project won with a green ribbon as each attendee wore a colour band of their project's choice. The amazing MC had them voted for. green won and that us Habeeb Alli IDRF Community Development Manager favourite.

Muslims Chaplain held first retreat at Emmanuel College.

Finding a space where Muslims who serve as chaplains could express themselves without reference to a third party is rare. Chaplains are spiritual caregivers and must draw from the Sunnah for inspiration said Dr Ingrid Mattison, special guest at the first held conference by Muslim chaplains in North AMerica.

Ibrahim Long organized this one day event and appropriately named it 'Inspired by the Beloved' where almost twenty five attendees from asa far as Hartford seminary, California, Ottawa and London came.

Habeeb Alli, the Muslim chaplain at Corrections Canada led the reflections from the Quran where chaplains shared in a circle their understandings like Scriptural Reasoning the meaning of chaplaincy and various portfolio of the Holy Prophet, on whom be peace.

MIchael Taylor, the former chaplain at CAMH shared a presentation on self care, an important aspect of working with others one must not run on empty.

Adeeb a chaplain in the UnIversity shared like many others their journey in establishing trust and relationship while observing Islamic values of compassion and forgiveness with the various clients that come into their sphere of need. A practical role playing workshop was done on this and the final was an amazing sharing of thoughts and ideas of best practises.
The local Toronto chaplaincy dinner will be held on January 2014 at the Islamic Foundation.

Remembrance Day at the National War Memorial

So many have lost their lives in battle so that we may live in peace. Such was the
awe inspiring story the reverberated during the elaborate celebrations held in the Capital of Canada that Habeeb Alli stood among the winter clads thousands, was among the few Muslims visible, making a silent prayer of peace in the world as we continue to face challenges around the globe.
Canada has lost about 100000 soldiers over the last two centuries in various battles and while we cannot forget those that died for peace there are those who are the unnamed heroes of the world. Placing a poppy at the grave of the unknown soldier reminded us that sincerity sometimes leads one to to acts of self sacrifice that may be recognized by man but certainly is registered in the Divine column of God.

That is why I chose to wear a poppy not because it's about war but because we must forget the price of peace.

The Ulama of Canada have a beautiful tribute about the significance of Remembrance Day.

Way to Happiness presentation at a Church

How many people are dying to be happy, literally?
The way to happiness is not only a course new age gurus could offer but is as old as Adam.
He wanted to be happy and live in heaven forever in the company of his beloved so he ate the forbidden fruit as much as he was misguided by Satan.
A Sunday sermon in a church of scientology in Cambridge was converted into a presentation by an Imam based upon Quran and Sunnah what are some values that leads to happiness. Habeeb Alli was applauded on every point and many questions about Islam and the Quran were asked. Reverend Yvette Shanks graciously introduced this episode into her sermon in order go provide a better understanding of other faiths including Islam. A long time friend and human rights activist Gehan from Kitchener offered a thank you in her closing remarks for hearing such an enlightened view point about her own religion having grown up in Egypt.
This is from a dvd and booklet that talks in secular way the importance of honesty, trust, sharing, charity, avoiding drugs and alcohol, marriage, etc
Columbia had implemented the showing of this dvd and the crime rate then went down tremendously according to Reverend Earl Smith, President of the Church of Scientology.

National Restorative Justice conference held in Toronto

Is a crime only to be punished by imprisonment and hard labour?

Is there a way to restore a relationship after a crime?

What about protecting the victim when one wants to restore after the justice system has been implemented?

What does religion has to say about restorative justice?

The National Restorative Justice Conference was held at the Marriott Courtyard in Toronto that drew participants and speakers from across Canada and the US.

Mostly chaplains, conflict resolution practitioners and school principals attended.

Rev Harry Nigh from the Corrections Services and Habeeb Alli presented an interfaith paradigm on working go get inmates interested in undertaking Restorative Justice. The model used Bible and Quran narratives of healing and forgiveness as a basis to get inmates involved while allowing them the freedom to chose or not the program as its a voluntary program aside from one's correction plan.

This event was hosted by a youth initiative of Canada based in Alberta that helps young offenders safely reintegrate.

There are online courses on this at Simon Fraser University.

Islamic history month presentations held in prisons institutions

October is Islamic history month in Canada. Every year many universities and libraries organize events to mark the contributions Muslims have made to science and civilization.

This year among the many events was presentations made to inmates at Beavercreek and Grand Valley by Shaikh Habeeb Alli.

A power point presentation depicting the many scientific and religious advancement of the Muslims of Spain, India. West Africa and even modern Canada was presented with lots of questions from the audience.

There is an immense appetite for this.

Kashmir is the longest conflict in modern times

Longer than the Palestinian conflict, the unresolved conflict about the autonomy of Kashmir is still a basis of suffering in the Indian occupied part commented the speakers from stop the war coalition.
This was at a seminar held at the Stoufville Islamic centre where the Consul General of Pakistan among others attended.
Displays on the history, places, and suffering as well as pictures of the once 'heaven on earth' reminded the audience after dinner the critical nature of this conflict about which the UN had declared the settlement must be by the people of Kashmir and conceded by the Indian leaders such Pundit J Nehru.
Zafar Bangash, President and Imam, has been in the forefront on such issues over the years in Toronto.

Global financial held their fifteen anniversary

An amazing story of how one man with a briefcase became a successful salesman for financial instruments like RESP.
Sam Boujee celebrated bis company fifteen years of success with almost 2B serving over 300000 children education fund holders. He says waking up every morning knowing he will make a difference in a child's education who may discover the cure for cancer and its like is what drives him.
The Iman Fund is a part of Global family of companies and is among the few growing Islamic finance companies that is guided the Dow Jones Islamic Index and managed by the world renown UBS.

The event held at the Supreme Banquet Hall in Vaughan was attended by the Mayor Dave Burrows who spoke highly of the company' s contribution to the well being of Richmond Hill

Humber Hospital fundraising gala

The first fully digital hospital in North America is being established just here in Keele and 401 Toronto and Muslims have signed on to be part if this extraordinary history.
Having built masjids and schools in Toronto, immigrants are now beginning to make bolder contributions to civil society.
Ten masjids have rallied together to donate 250,000 towards the hospital fund in the next five years. The government builds the hospital but does not fund equipment. 52000 will be needed for this smart-bed, fully technological hospital.
Fatima Sajan had organised these masjids last year to donate and this year Haroon Salamat chaired the fundraiser where Shaikh Ala Syed did an amazing job in raising 70 000 within minutes.
Chief MC Ally Hassan, known comedian, kept the audience of about 500 well entertained along with Mississauga born Azfar Ali.
In attendance were several political leaders including MPP Bas Balkissoon.
Members of several mosques and organizations were in attendance including IMO, IDRF, Imdadul, Khalid bin Walid, Ahl Bayt Assembly of Canada, Umma Nabawiah, G A Paper, TARIC, etc

Documentary on Domestic Violence launched

After three years and much hard work, members of the Interfaith communities, police and artist were invited to preview the premiere show of Brenda Webb star production- Against Domestic Violence at the York Police premises.
Among those interviewed about domestic violence on Rogers TV Mosaic show organised by the 35 years old Horizon Interfaith group were Rev Earl Smith from the Church if Scientology, Habeeb Alli from the Canadian Council of Imams, Dr Naila Butt from Social Services Network and Fatima Omar from Spiritualbizmoms.
The short film will be available for public use and discourse soon on the Muslims for White Ribbon campaign website. November is the month where khutba blitz happens against domestic violence where more Imams are adding their voice against this crime against God.

Hossein Day observed at Jaffari Masjid Richmond Hill

Every year members of the Interfaith community join with the Shia Muslims to commemorate the martyrdom if Imam Hossein.

The tragic lost of the Prophet's grandson in the course of stopping the tyranny of Yazeed, who wanted to rule the Muslim world with injustice and bloodshed.
Pundit Eshwar Doobay gave a stirring speech about the values of Hussain. A Sikh and a Zoroastrian spoke laudably about Hussein bravery. The students of Assadik School did an amazing play to reenact Kerbala.
Habeeb Alli called the audience action by reminding all that water was crucial for Imam Hussain and his blessed family and today's Karbala is the 4500 children who die every day from the lack of drinking water thanks to our indifference as Canadians. IDRF water4life project tries to address this.
The event was hosted by the Islamic Shia Assembly of Canada and held at the Jaffari Village elegant banquet hall in Richmond Hill.

Christmas gift -How I miss the First Christmas gift!

Drifting snow
On the road of forlornness
Every experience
A flashback

What a heart
No matter the trauma
The night instills love
On the thoughts of yesterday

Yet anger seeps
Of heartbreak
Why it had to be so
Unrequited love, misunderstanding dangerously sit on my highway

Despite my adventures
My thrilling distractions
You're still my actress
On every music, every screen, every poem written

Like the deaf who cannot hear
The blind that don't see
The wicked who doesn't repent
You made stubbornness the excuse of hurting me so

Forgiveness washes on my windshield
Your menacing laughter
On my complaints so cynical
Such is life of fools
To love and not be rewarded no matter the price untold

People comes into your life
There must be a purpose
Pain strikes
Like winter you can't escape it

But God is always there
Maybe He is saving me from a discreet devil
The subtleties of love
Or too impatient to learn the ways of the impetuous lover .

Dec 12 2013
Coffee Culture Toronto

Tribute to Nelson Mandela poem by Habeeb

Nelson Mandela

Uniting us at death
Living the dream of freedom
Many times behind bars sacrificing his for ours
So South Africans et al may be freed from every apartheid

Growing up on this icon like Marley and Che
How can we not love Madibha?
He stood up to the Pharoahs of Soweto 
Living in isolation on Robben Island with no inmates' privileges 
One hour visit per year by Winnie, his protege in struggle
Twenty seven edited letters in twenty seven years
Not a chaplain nor escorted visitations
He laughed boldly at his enemies
Reconciling from 'by any means possible' to negotiating peace

The perpetrators apologizing to the victims
Forgiveness and not forgetting like Jesus did
At death world leaders and spiritual heads
Freedom fighters and underdogs, wow!

Bowed in prayers together
That a century of beautiful heroism
Is laid like the monuments of King, Mahatma and Al Hajj Malcolm X
Resting in the lofty meadow of peacefulness

As in the words of Prophet Muhammad bidding farewell
You are tired and have tired so many
Realizing your goal in the fight of injustice and poverty
No one deserves to be less than human- brown, black or white!

And now we know that there is life after prison
A great life, like Joseph and Moses
Go into the winds softly Madiba
May your meadow be green
And the snowflakes of laughter overshadow you still!

Friday, 25 October 2013

christmas weekend




Inset are volunteers at the Lunch held at Malton Islamic Centre to promote Islamic tourism in Barbados. Imam Ahmed from Barbados is on the right the founder of Masjid Quba in Barbados.

interfaith marriage

Breaking fast with inmates

Breaking fast with inmates
Ramadan Mubarak!
That may be a cliche for many but those incarcerated behind bars knows the value of Ramadan more than ever.
They relish to fast and break their fasts with families and friends. Muslims in prison wish they could listen to the Quran during Taraweeh or get new clothes for Eid.
Today I organised an iftar dinner with such men. Around the table were folks of varied backgrounds. One man said he fasted for two weeks and then weakened out. He is sorry and wanted to know how he can make it up. I said Allah forgives all sins and after Ramadan you could fasts the missed ones. Another brother said he was working in laborious construction and could not fast. He wanted to give away his hard earned dollars in charity instead. I said that is the spirit behind zakat in Ramadan- to empathize when you give charity with the needy but Islam doesn't want you to give away all your wealth, only 2.5 % after savings. Yet another wanted to know why Muslims fasts without drinking water. As their Imam, I mentioned that the thirst of summer is sometimes harder than the hunger of the long hours. All in the metamorphosis of the soul, as one takes 30 days usually to develop a habit, so too we character build kindness through our disciplined fast of one month.
The best though was the brother who had spent his last days behind curfews and conditions so he may be successful when he leaves for home. Today he returned to participate in the iftar dinner, serving us with his own hands gladly. He said that he had prayed for this day when that he could return the favors to this Christian run organisation, that had provided halal meals to him daily. As a Muslim he is so grateful that even if he has a single grain of rice he must not eat all of it. He wants the men to see that they too can do it! He used take the bus three hours to work and one hour to mosque so he could make his return to civil society meaningful, the way the new moon of Eid makes us all joyous and gives meaning to our entire Ramadan- time of recompense. Today I can say my journey with men and women behind bars was like the New Moon of Eid!
Never judge the date without a bite!

Eid Saeed and Kulli aam wa antum bikhair!
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Sunday, 20 October 2013

GTA faith alliance

Oct 25.
500 advance ave Richmond hill

Ignite the change

Poem read on Pakaraima writers dinner oct 5 2013

Love for nothing

You frolic them like alien crops
Flowing like Kaieteur
These salty drops
At these authentic emotions you laugh with pleasure

You say real men don't exist
They don't cry, nor show it
Why not so, for real men feel you
Not who believe in black and blue

Why not go for those whose heart are like cane not sugar
Hardened by years of rum and sunshine
Real men are brave enough to care
Real mean cushion their feelings but can you read the sign?
Or else the raw emotions of love cannot be held
Not in random texts nor screened smile
Instead tears says it for such is the heart withheld
Do you rather the snake's poison or the oyster's pearl? 

You don't feel it, mean it 
You don't care for a gift?
Well you don't need it, want it
Isn't the ones who need it, and feel it deserve a gift?

Real men love
They love without condition
They love for the sake of God like an innocent dove!
But hurt people hurt people and that's no assumption

Unrequited love hurts, this is not a mere sentiment
The cycle of hurt never pretends
The laughter of hypocrites will face Judgment
Judgement never misses,  it gets you to the ends

Real men stop hurt
Real men let go and forgive
Don't keep scores and forever blurt
Who does that? Love is peaceful, graceful as a lady's drive!

For love never hates,  is never jealous and do cries
Men who are real are friends forever 
For they  cry from their hearts,  not from their eyes.
Just love. For love begets love! Never say never!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Windsor Wonderous people

Looking to make ice storm picture perfect sceneries!

Forum on Caribbean Muslims

Listen to Barbadian Author Sabir Nakhuda and Caribbean Historian Dr Hakim. quick
On history of Muslims in the Caribean. Habeeb Alli and Dr Abdulhai Patel
Oct 11 fri hall nugget ave

Sunday, 25 August 2013



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Labor Day Breakfast

Labor Day Breakfast 

Assalam Alaikum

Re: Invitation to Labor Day Breakfast 10 AM-Noon, Monday, September 2, 2013

You are cordially invited to a special Labour Day Breakfast at Malton Islamic Centre which is bringing the leaders from all across the GTA area.

Because of your critical work in the Muslim community and active participation in the Interfaith movement I'm inviting you to meet our Chief Guest Imam Malik Mujahid, Chair of Parliament of World Religions, visiting from Chicago. The Parliament is the largest interfaith body in the world. He would like to hear from your interfaith experience. Imam Mujahid will also make a presentation about
 the Muslim community and the challenges of participation in the interfaith movement.

You are most welcome to bring your respected spouse at this specially hosted breakfast by friends of Interfaith in the Muslim community of Toronto.

 Breakfast Presentation: Working Together for a Better World When: 10 AM-Noon, Monday, September 2, 2013 Where: Malton Islamic Centre, 6836 Professional Court Mississauga ON.


Please invite someone you may think is appropriate for this event.

Habeeb Alli

Please see a bio for Imam Mujahid below:

Imam Mujahid was selected as one the 500 most influential Muslims in the world in 2011 & 2012. He is an Imam at the Down Town Islamic Center of Chicago and President of Sound Vision Foundation.

Imam Mujahid serves as Chairman of the Parliament of the World's Religions. He was elected three times to this position. Previously he served as vice chair twice. Previously he served on the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago which is composed of chief leaders of the Greater Chicago faith communities.

He is active with think tanks in the US. He served as a member of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations’ Task Force on The Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans, in 2007. He also has served on the Independent Task Force on Civil Liberties and National Security by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York from 2006-2009.

Imam has played a leading role in bringing Universal health coverage for children under 18 in the state of Illinois.

As the national coordinator of the Bosnia Task Force, USA, in the ’90s, he successfully led efforts in collaboration with the National Organization of Women (NOW) to declare rape as a war crime.

Imam Mujahid has authored more than 400 articles on Islamic living and public policy. He is a blogger at HuffingtonPost. His book on political sociology was the winner of an Outstanding Academic Book of the Year Award by American Library Association in 1990.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

My book launch in Guyana,

Guyanese Author launches ‘Whispers of Kaieteur’


Canadian-based Guyanese, Habeeb Alli’s 15th publication was launched on Thursday evening last in the Conference Room of the National Library located on Church Street in Georgetown.
Author, Habeeb Alli hands over a copy of his book to a student of the ISA Islamic School
Titled the ‘Whispers of Kaieteur’, and inspired by the magnificent Kaieteur Falls, the book chronicles news, letters, poems, and a number of personal activities of its author, with deep reflection of his home, Guyana.
There is also a piece reflecting on his time living in Mahaica Creek.
The book basically focuses on the strengthening of society and its people in various settings so that peace could prevail, and persons can enjoy harmonious relationships.
Ironically, Alli was a Queen’s College student pursuing the Sciences. And as he puts it, the Sciences have inspired him to experiment with his more creative side.
Meanwhile, a book review done by PhD candidate in Theology at Emmanuel College, Susan Harrison, described Alli’s publication as a piece having the capacity to network and build bridges of understanding within and beyond the Canadian Muslim community.
Harrison also pointed out Alli’s “compassion for humanity and tireless efforts, rooted in his devotion to Allah, hallmarks that are evident in his writings”.
She went on to establish that “Alli’s book makes evident his capacity to His Guyanese background; gives him an edge at noticing where communities are ready to transcend racism and other barriers on the path of faith. Indeed, it has given him the ability to ‘navigate between cultures, traditions, and religious personalities’ and we, his readers, benefit from his dexterity.”
She also highlighted Alli’s ‘people-oriented’ nature, stating that “his compassion for humanity and tireless efforts, rooted in his devotion to Allah, overflows in these poems, articles, letters, and accounts of the myriad of activities he has both catalyzed and given testimony to on these pages.”
As far as the news component of the book goes, Harrison asserted that the news reports show a vibrant, living, faith-based community that is active in caring for one another and their neighbours in Canadian society, and further abroad.
At the launching ceremony on Thursday last, a presentation of copies of the book ‘Whispers of Kaieteur’ was made to the National Library and the ISA Islamic School.