Of the acts of worship that Muslims have to perform on a daily basis, salah is the most essential of them all. This prophetic ritual that we perform is a conversation between ourselves and Allah(swt) filled with beautiful statements of remembrance and wisdom five times a day. It is very common for us to miss out on the opportunity to fully grasp the benefit of prayer. In this journey of truly attaining this benefit while performing prayer with an attentive and tranquil heart, it means that we have to do our best to understand not just the literal meaning, but also the deeper spiritual benefit of why we utter specific words and phrases in our salah.
Turn your salah into an experience! Take this journey and change the way you communicate with Allah. Join us for the powerful class on how we can improve our prayer with Shaykh Aarij Anwer
Imam Aarij Anwer was born in Karachi, Pakistan and moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 13. He grew up like any other immigrant kid: aspiring to get into the best university and to have a good career. He enrolled in the University of Waterloo’s Computer Science program, where he met people who changed his life. These folks introduced him to an academic study of Islam and the Qur’an unlike he’d ever experienced growing up. Naturally gravitating towards it, this began the journey of seeking religious knowledge: attending lectures, learning how to read the Qur’an properly, memorizing the meanings and the words of the ayaat became the focus of life.
Upon graduation and a brief stint in tech, he decided to quit the industry and begin formal religious training. He travelled to Alexandria, Egypt to study Arabic in 2009 and memorized the Qur’an. Even though he was in Egypt for 6 months, he managed to secure the most vital part of a student’s journey: finding the right teacher and mentor to guide your studies. He began studying under Sh Muhammad Helmi – starting with the basics all the way to advanced topics – and has not ceased doing so till today.
Under Sh Muhammad Helmi’s guidance, he enrolled in and completed BA in Fiqh and Usool from Al-Madinah International University. Currently, he studies advanced Arabic and fiqh with Sh Muhammad. He also reads hadith to Sh Hamed Ahmed from Al-Azhar.
Imam Aarij currently serves the Rexdale community of Toronto by teaching, lecturing and counselling at two mosques in the area: Masjid Khalid Bin Walid and Masjid IMO. One of the most notable programs that he’s conducted in the community is called “Ramadan With Qur’an”, which is a cover to cover translation of the Qur’an daily in Ramadan.
He is married with three daughters. In his free time, he loves to read about, watch and play basketball (despite having multiple knees and ankle injuries!).
On Wednesday Feb 15, the emergency hearing for Abdoul Abdi, a 24 year old Somali man who arrived in Canada as a child refugee, took place. This occurred after Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale failed to pause a hearing challenging Abdoul Abdi’s planned deportation. The federal government planned the deportation, stating his criminal history and the fact that he is not a Canadian citizen. However, Abdi has already served his sentence, has been deemed fit for rehab, and in fact has gained employment working with youth in care in Toronto.
This upsetting situation demonstrates how the Canadian state continues to use its policies and borders to indicate whose lives are deemed of value. We have seen that those most vulnerable for deportation are disproportionately racialized (particularly Black), Muslim, LGBTQ and/or women. Particularly, the deportation of Abdoul Abdi exemplifies the deep anti-black racism, as well as the Islamophobia, that is entrenched within our society. In a country that was built by the labour of Black bodies, and in a country that funds war crimes in majority Muslim countries, the actions of the Canadian state are highly hypocritical.
We stand in solidarity with Abdoul Abdi’s family, friends, and community in Halifax, N.S., during this difficult time. We stand in solidarity with numerous activists and organizations who have been speaking up against the government’s actions. As an organization where black Muslims are highly underrepresented, we recognize the work that non-Black Muslims in our organization have to do to educate our family and friends and take action to speak up against this injustice.
What can you do? The judge reserved a decision on the hearing until March 7, so there is still a need to continue elevating our voices and taking action.
We ask the Muslim community to Email, Tweet or Call Minister Ralph Goodale, Minister Ahmed Hussen and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau through the platforms below. We have also attached a sample letter, developed by El Jones and Hillary Lindsay for your usage.
Dear Minister Goodale,
I stand in solidarity with Abdoul Abdi and ask that you immediately STOP his deportation.
I ask that the practice of ordering deportations of people who have experienced criminalization after coming to Canada as children be ended, forever, for all. This practice is inhumane. As described by Abdi’s lawyer Benjamin Perryman, these children were “denied the right to even have rights.”
Children in care in Canada right now, who are eligible for citizenship, must be granted citizenship immediately. Adults who should have been granted citizenship as children in care must be granted citizenship immediately.
Abdoul has secured a job and is trying to rebuild his life after having served his prison sentence. Instead, he’s fighting a deportation to a country he has no family in and no way to survive.
Stop this deportation. Give children in care citizenship. Let Abdoul’s Canadian daughter have her father in her life.
We extend our warmest invitations to you for the most anticipated MSA event of the year, Under the Moonlight Formal 2017. Join us on November 3rd for a night of creating new friendships, connecting with old ones, sharing laughter, making memories and eating great food. We will be celebrating the launch of The Muslim Voice Magazine alongside amazing guest speakers at the gorgeous Old Mills Toronto! This event has a limited number of tickets remaining, so be quick if you want a ticket! We hope that you are able to join us to build a beautiful community on campus. Everyone’s Welcome!
We present to you the Annual Charity Gala Dinner! We have a wonderful program planned for you, including a Spoken Word performance by Nasim Asgari, a Standup Comedy performance by Salma Hindy, Nasheed performances by Qari, and the duo; Manar and Mozynah, and finally we will have a “So you think you’re Funny?” Competition! To top it all off, we will have a delicious dinner served, and lots of time to mix and mingle with other attendees!
Tickets at 13$! All proceeds go to Charity!
Come out for TACOS!!!! Do it yourself tacos for an amazing price!
$5 for TWO TACOS! $3 for ONE TACO! ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY!
Morning lovelies! This event is for the Allah (SWT)-lovers! Fit in some remembrance in the company of good people! We will be providing breakfast!
Entry $2. All proceeds go to Charity! Invite Friends! Everyone is welcome!
Ladies!!!! This is your night!!! We have organized several stations all for you! Some of the things we will throughout the night include a Yoga session, a Paint Session, Flower Crown making (because low key we are all QUEENS), and Henna!!! We will be providing refreshments all throughout the night! Also, this will be an open mic night, for a period!
Tickets at 5$ only (for all of THAT! ^)
Come out and invite friends and family! You don’t need to be a U of T student to attend!
Come out to the SID SMITH PATIO to play some games and win some chocolates all while contributing to charity! There will be several games to choose from!
We will be selling Kirspy Kreme Doughnuts!
This is in collaboration with the Brothers Directorship.
Come out this Tuesday evening to mix and mingle! Whether you are an Alumni looking to meet other Alumni or an Undergrad looking for advice on what to do next, this is your chance to come and talk to others with experience about your next steps!
Tickets are at 5$, and we will be providing some delicious finger food and coffee/tea.