Musleh Khan, one of North America’s youngest imams, serves at the Sakinah Community Center in Toronto. Educated at the University of Medina, the city where he was born to Indo-Caribbean parents, Khan has been recognized for his ability to make some of Islam’s most complicated concepts easier to understand.
Muslim Link caught up with Khan at the Jami Omar fundraising dinner. In this exclusive interview, Khan shares his thoughts on how to prevent youth radicalization and gang involvement, as well as how to effectively engage youth and increase ethno-cultural diversity in mosques.
At the Jami Omar fundraising dinner on January 24th, Muslim leaders focused on the need for youth to have opportunities to get involved at local mosques. About five hundred guests filled the Jami Omar gymnasium at the fundraiser and Anver Malam, imam at the Jami Omar mosque, said the event would not have been possible without the help of youth volunteers.
From January 12th to January 16th, the student groups used a giveaway and information station at the University of Ottawa's central campus to spread knowledge about the prophet. Student volunteers distributed free hot chocolate and held a bake sale to support "Charity: Water," a non-profit organization. Students also distributed information pamphlets about the Prophet and offered passers-by quotes by the Prophet attached to roses.
The Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) launched a publicly funded initiative in March 2014 that aims to “build resiliency” within communities.
Overseen by Ottawa-resident Stephane Pressault, Project Communitas will equip youth with “the introductory skills for community building and community activism” in order to develop “resilient communities with strong leaders.”
On June 7th, Lynda Lane Park was filled with the aroma of ethnic Pakistani food and the sounds of laughter and chatter during the Summer Bash cricket tournament;
Hosted by the Pakistani Students’ Associations (PSAs) at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, the event featured cricket matches throughout the day, as well as food and entertainment for cricket players and the audience.
The Centrepointe Studio Theatre boomed with laugher, applause, and appreciative snapping on the evening of November 9th, as Muslim performers, including poets, comedians, and singers, entertained an audience of over 200 people at “Hope Eternal,” the 6th annual show organized by Expressions of Muslim Women (EMW).