7:00 pm — 10:00 pm
4801 Steels Avenue West
4801 Steels Avenue West
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OIL Muharram Program: September 10 – 20, 2018


 ( Unity in diversity – with pluralism)


Islam is a religion of peace and is consistent with rationality, science, evolution and is capable of adapting to changing reality. The moral and ethical teachings are in harmony with universal principles and can enhance human potential. It can promote cooperation amongst humanity.


The series of ten lectures will explore ideas of how human beings of all faiths can celebrate our differences and still make this world a peaceful and a better place to live for all. There is salvation for all true adherents who  are God-centered



Shakykh Arif founded the Al-Mahdi Institute in 1993, and currently serves as its Director and as Senior Lecturer in uṣūl al-fiqh and Muslim Philosophy. Shaykh Arif has been at the forefront of developing and delivering Advanced Islamic studies, tailored toward training students capable of addressing the needs of contemporary societies, for over twenty years. During this time he has also never ceased in his commitment to sharing the Human face of Islam at all levels of society through a combination of his world renowned inspirational and thought provoking public lectures, a long-term commitment to intra and inter faith dialogue and a dedication to encouraging the development of indigenous expressions of Islam throughout the world that can contribute to the pursuit of human development in its fullest sense.


Shaykh Arif was educated at the Madrassah Syed Al- Khoei, London and graduated with Honours in 1988 where he also taught Grammar, Logic, Islamic Law and Usul al-Fiqh. He then travelled to Iran to further his studies and received his training at Hawza Ilmiyyah of Qum between 1989-93. He also attended private training and research studies with leading scholars of Qum between 1990 and 1994. Alongside these studies he was also teaching in Qum across a wide spectrum of the traditional Muslim scholarly disciplines. On his return to the U.K. after founding the Al-Mahdi Institute he continued his graduate (kharij) training in Usul al-fiqh and fiqh from 1994 and until 2008 under Ayatullah H. Amini.


CASA RICCA BANQUET HALL located at 4801 Steels Avenue West, Unit 34, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Tel 416 744 3339


September 10, 2018 to September 20, 2018 ( subject to Moon sighting)
Registration 7.15-7.45
Salaat 7.50-8.15
Recitations/Announcement 8.20-8.35
Lectures and Q&A 8.40-10.00
Refreshments/Social 10.00-10.30
(All timings are P.M.)

Please register here: Eventbrite



Ashura Day Program
Thursday September 20, 2018 at Casa Ricca Banquet Hall 
11:00 AM – Arrival
11:15 AM – Amaal
1:11 PM – Zohr Salat
1:30 PM – Qur’an, Marsia
2:00 PM – Majlis
3:00 PM – Matam and Ziyarat-e-Ashura
3:15 PM – Niyaz (Lunch)


Thursday September 20, 2018 at Casa Ricca Banquet Hall 
7:35PM – Maghrib Salat
8:00 PM – Qur’an, Marsia
8:10 PM – Majlis
8:30 PM – Matam and Ziyarat

Lectures available the next day following the event at: Muharram 1440 Program



September 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
September 20, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

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