Updated on 23/12/2013
This year, over two million people around the world will InshAllah flock to Iraq to commemorate Arbaeen. We share below reflections from one of the zawaars who will be going to Iraq this year and inshAllah undertake the walk from the Holy City of Najaf to the land of Karbala:
“In a day’s time, I’ll be leaving with a group of my family and friends, leaving behind everything familiar, to make this amazing trip to the land of my Imams (AS).
I cast my mind back remembering another time, another family who left their hometown, and everything they loved, to venture out into an unknown future. Except their fate was different. For Husayn and his family (AS), only the women and children were to return back. And this drives me on..
Updated on 12 March 2018
The Curriculum Development (CD) team of the Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE), in conjunction with the Centre of Islamic Learning (CIL), NASIMCO, held a consultation workshop on the Draft Curriculum Framework for Madrasah in Toronto on Saturday 21 st June 2014. This was the last regional workshop that MCE was conducting on the curriculum framework.
40 participants from Madaris in Toronto, Buffalo, Los Angeles, Miami, Kitchener, Vancouver, Orlando, Minnesota, Boston, New Jersey and New York attended the full-day programme. The CIL team was represented by Al Haj Gulam Najafi, Al Haj Hasnain Walji, Siddika bai Jessa, brother Aqil Najafi and brother Arif Teja.
The programme included the following topics:
Introduction and update from MCE
Journey so far in Curriculum Development
- Discussion on Guiding Principles
An overview of the integrated approach
The Qur’anic Worldview for the curriculum
Main themes of the Curriculum Framework
Presentation of demo lessons
Planning the transition and implementation of the MCE curriculum
Next steps and piloting
Questions & Answers
At the end of the workshop, the participants were asked three questions:
Do you agree with the integrated approach?
Should MCE proceed with developing lessons?
Would your madrasah be willing to participate in piloting the MCE curriculum?
In line with responses from other regions, over 95% of the participants answered in the affirmative to each question.
Members of the CD team were Maulana Syed Muhammad Rizvi, Shaykh Safder Jaffer, Dr Bashir Datoo, brother Aly Nasser and Al-Haj Naushad Mehrali. For further details about the curriculum framework, please email email@example.com
The CD team members were delighted to have had the opportunity to attend the Recognition Day ceremonies at each of the three Madaris in Toronto (Al-Qaaim, Al-Haadi and Al-Muntadhir) on the day after the workshop.
Updated on 23/12/2013
For a girl who lives in a Sunni-majority country, having an opportunity to embark on this type of journey and Ziyarah was a once in a lifetime experience.
A summary of Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s advice to the youth.