Ramadhan 19 (June 3)
Dua 7:30 – 8:00 PM
Lecture and Q&A 8:00 – 9:00 PM
Salat and Iftar 9:10 PM
Talk by Dr. Liyakat Takim
Limites space available
19th Night Topic: Twin Concepts of Ijtihad and Taqlid
Shi‘i reliance on and utilization of ijtihad was challenged in the seventeenth century by the resurgence of the Akhbari movement. The chief proponent of Akhbari ideas, Muhammad Amin al-Astarabadi (d. 1626), attacked the twin principles of ijtihad and taqlid and the application of reason in Shi‘i jurisprudence. This lecture will go on to evaluate the twin concepts of ijtihad and taqlid and what they mean to us in the Canadian diaspora. These concepts were challenged by the Akhbari movement in the seventeenth century including the application of reason in Shi’s jurisprudence. The Akhbaris argued that in fulfilling our religious obligations we should be following the Imams rather than Mujtahidsher than Mujtahids.
21st Night Topic: Spirituality through Qur’anic Verses
The Qur’an is a book of deep spiritual guidance. The talk will examine some of the key verses and devotional exercises to enhance your personal spiritual journey. In addition it will enunciate a path to become morally conscientious human beings.
23rd Night Topic: Wholistic approach to the chapters (29, 30, and 44) of the Qur’an
This is the night when the Qur’an was revealed. The lecture will focus on the three chapters we normally recite on this night. The talk will examine the major themes using a “wholistic” rather than “atomistic” approach to emphasize the ethical and moral tenor of the Qur’an.