12:00PM - 1:30PMFriday Sermon: Divine Light For Living RightFriday Sermon by Imam Zaid Shakir on "Divine Light For Living Right" and prayers led by Sheikh Mohamed Jebril2:00PM - 3:15PMAre You Doing it for Allah?Sincerity is the foundation of our relationship with Allah. Hence, it is a characteristic greatly stressed by the Prophet, peace be upon him. This session will examine various aspects of sincerity, hoping to assist the believers in orienting their lives, with due sincerity, towards Allah. This session will examine the place of our intentions in determining the soundness of our actions. Our speakers will also examine the relationship between our intentions and our struggle to live a righteous life. Furthermore, In an era of increasing religious fundamentalism and literalism, how do we focus on our internal actions and states, and how do we strike a healthy balance between our internal and external actions.3:15PM - 3:45PMAsr Prayer3:45PM - 4:45PMWe’re All in This TogetherMany Western intellectuals believed that the twentieth century would finally rid us of the problems of faith through secularism. The twentieth century, arguably our most secular, also happened to be our bloodiest. While that is partly due to advancements in technology and our ability to kill each other more effectively, the absence of faith in policies and politics is also a possibility. The late twentieth century showed a resurgence in religious fervor that surprised many academics and intellectuals. Given the seemingly intractable aspect of faith and its impact on society, not to mention the many different faiths, it would seem prudent to use faith as a source of solutions to our problems as opposed to an obstacle in solving them. Our distinguished panel will share experiences and describe their efforts in bringing together different religions and their leaders from around the world to help engender cooperation and concern about the local and global problems that face all of us, irrespective of our faith or lack thereof.4:45PM - 6:15PMMaghreb Prayer and DinnerAn Evening of Gratitude - Appreciation Dinner at Fairmont Royal York Hotel6:15PM - 7:00PMArab Spring and the Revolution WithinThe Middle East is currently in great turmoil. Still, much hope and new aspirations are harbored in the breasts of many Arabs and Muslims. Moez Masoud was an eyewitness to much of what happened in Egypt and a participant as a major media personality. The emerging new phenomenon, according to him, is not just a reaction to puritanical and/or political Islam. Popular culture and works of western writers that have reached youth globally feeds into the romance of rebellion, where there is an impulse to do away with all that is perceived to be outdated and useless. In this talk, he will specifically address the youth audience, many of who are shaped by a strong secular global youth culture, and yet remain believers and have called out for help.7:00PM - 7:30PMBeyond the Golden RuleThe Believers in Medina, who came to be known as the Ansar, are described in the Qur'an as giving preference in worldly provisions to their brothers and sisters who were forced to migrate from Mecca, even though they themselves had pressing needs. Their chivalrous example was not an anomaly. It was an illustration of one of the most important of all prophetic character traits. This session will examine aspects of this trait.7:30PM - 7:45PMPolitical Outreach7:45PM - 8:30PMWhat the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet LoveThe Prophet, peace be upon him, informed us that while other prophets had beautiful epithets, such as, the friend of God, the interlocutor of God, and the spirit of God, he was uniquely Habib Allah – the one who loved and is loved by God. Despite the claims of Islam’s enemies, love is at the center of our faith. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “None of you truly believes until he loves for his fellow man what he loves for himself.” This lecture will look at the meaning of that saying and how we can better perfect our faith by practicing love.8:30PM - 9:00PMArabish and the Threat to Quranic GloryEnglish is becoming the dominant language of Muslims all over the world, even in Arab countries. Many educated Arabs now speak English in their conferences, interviews, and even at home with their children. Any Arabic news channel will have daily interviews sprinkled with English terms as the new dialect of Arabish emerges. The Isfahanis of Persia were once called the Quraysh of Iran due to their love and commitment to literary Arabic. Wherever Islam spread, Arabic followed. Berbers in North Africa are bilingual, and the scholars of Turkey, India, Pakistan, Central Asia, and Africa still speak in Arabic when they meet. How can we restore the primacy of Arabic in our communities as our sacred language, a trust from God to be preserved and honored? “We have revealed this in a clear Arabic that you might use your intellects” (Qur’an, 12:2). Nouman Ali Khan, an innovative reviver of Arabic, will discuss his own journey from English to Arabish to Arabic.9:00PM - 9:45PMOne Heart at a Time: Prophetic Examples of Patience in Spreading Teachings of Truth in EnvironmentsWhile mass conversions to prophetic truth have sometimes occurred, the reality is that Islam was adopted one heart at a time. The patience that the Prophet, peace be upon him, showed in spreading his message is at the essence of why the message spread. Muslims often forget that it took almost twenty years for Abu Sufyan to finally be convinced that the Prophet, peace be upon him, was true. Muslim Spain never reached a population of 50% Muslim. Egypt took 300 years and Syria took 500 years to reach 50%. Both countries still have large numbers of Christians whose faith was protected by Islam. In the West, people are free to choose their faith, and our religion should at least be presented in a way that makes it appealing to embrace or respect. Not everyone will convert, as in Egypt and Syria, but many will over time, and those who don’t still deserve to be respected. This lecture will look at da’wah as an invitation that is only real if it’s open to rejection and is only prophetic if it’s always open.9:45PM - 11:00PMIn the Absence of the Caliph: Muslims in Pluralistic SocietiesMuslims have always lived as minorities in predominantly non-Muslim lands. And, in the best of times, they have lived well and peacefully with peoples of other faiths. This lecture will examine the European experience of Muslims after the collapse of the Ottoman sovereignty, how they fared, why they failed when they did, and the lessons they can teach us in our current situation.