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August 1st, 2013 
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LDP Vancouver Report
CSAA Scholarship Awards
Election Results - London, ON
The Hidden Treasure
Imamia Medics International Conference

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Al-Kindi: 'philosopher of the Arabs'


Practically unknown in the Western world, al-Kindi has an honoured place in the Islamic world as the 'philosopher of the Arabs'. Today he might be viewed as a bridge between Greek philosophers and Islamic philosophy. Part of the brilliant ninth-century 'Abbasid court at Baghdad, composed of literati of all types, he served as tutor for the caliph's son. He gained insights into the thought of Greek philosophers, especially Aristotle, through the translation movement; although he did not make translations himself, he corrected them and used them advantageously in his own thought.

Al-Kindi is notable for his work on philosophical terminology and for developing a vocabulary for philosophical thought in Arabic, although his ideas were superseded by Ibn Sina in the eleventh century. The debate about the allowability of philosophy in terms of orthodox Islam also began with al-Kindi, a battle that is usually considered to have been won for religion by al-Ghazali. Like other innovators, his ideas may no longer appear revolutionary, but in his own day, to push for the supremacy of reason and for the importance of a 'foreign science' - philosophy - as opposed to an 'Arab science' - grammar, Qur'anic studies - was quite astonishing. When the Khalif al-Mutawwakil came to power and sought to restore traditionalism, al-Kindi suffered a reversal of fortunes.


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Leadership Development Program - Vancouver
LDP Vancouver
"Excellent Course, it felt like someone highlighted your inner thoughts"

A record 40 participants attended the Foundational Leadership Development Program that was held in Vancouver on July 5th - July 7th, 2013. 

On the first day, facilitators set the scene by introducing key themes such as capability vs capacity, the power of the self, authenticity, respect vs tolerance, and leadership. These themes were then developed over three days using various exercises and concepts such as Emotional Intelligence to enhance learning.

Finally, an outdoor role play exercise was facilitated whereby participants could put their learning into action and practice the various skills they had learned.

The feedback from the course was positive with one participant commenting: "Before taking the course I thought I had all the answers, now I understand that was my personality not allowing me to see outside the box".

Read the full report here. If you would like to hold an LDP in your Jamaat, email:

CSAA Scholarship Awards
CSAA Poster Have you applied yet? 
The deadline for the CSAA Scholarship awards is approaching fast!

If you are a dedicated volunteer looking for some extra money to help with your post-secondary studies, then consider applying for the NASIMCO Community Service and Academic Achievement Scholarship Awards. The awards range from $1,000 to $3,000 and are 
specifically targeted towards students who are actively involved in community work while also excelling in their academic studies. 
Apply by August 10th, 2013 to be considered.

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Election Results - Al Mahdi Al Muntadhar Union

The Al Mahdi Al Muntadhar Union in London, ON recently held elections for their Executive Committee. The elected positions for the term 2013-2015 are as below:   


President: Br. Mahmoud Haidar (Abu Bilal)

Vice-President: Br. Mohamed Hammoud

Secretary: Br. Anwar Hussain Naqvi

Treasurer: Br. Arif Datoo

Director: Br. Ahmad Samhat

Director: Sr. Masooma Khawaja

Director: Br. Ridha Al Rohani


The Hidden Treasure
The Hidden Treasure
The Hidden Treasure is the first ever biography of Lady Umm Kulthum (s) in any language. It includes her sermons and sayings with the original Arabic text, the story of the events of Karbala, Kufa and Damascus from her perspective, and the views of scholars about her birth, existence and marriage. 

"Profound investigation and convincing arguments"

Sheikh Mohammed Saeed Bahmanpour


"Meticulously researched.. long awaited answer to prayers"

Sheikh Abbas Jaffer

"An Impressive job..."

Sayyid Hadi al- Qazwini


"Outstanding research"

Brother Yahya Semour


Click here to order your copy today.


Imamia Medics International Annual Conference
The Imamia Medics International (IMI)'s 6th International Conference will be held in Toronto, Canada from August 30 to September 2, 2013. This year's conference theme is 'Advances in Healthcare'.    

The conference
 will offer seminars, panel discussions, workshops, and professional development activities from current research and programs in a variety of fields related to health promotion and disease prevention--keeping in mind this theme. Topics include "Medical Bioethics and Islamic Jurisprudence", "The Future of Brain-machine Interfacing Technologies and Neurodegenerative Diseases" and "Self-Enhancing Procedures to Help Look More Youthful".
For more information or to register, click here.