Reviving the Islamic Spirit

December 26, 2008 09:01 ET

Reminder: A Muslim Christmas

Canada's largest Muslim conference begins on boxing day

Attention: City Editor, News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Dec. 26, 2008) - This boxing day, while Canadians line up to catch the best shopping deals, thousands of the GTA's Muslim residents will also be lining up to see an incredible group of speakers and panelists at the 7th annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference (RIS) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The conference which runs from Dec 26-28 annually draws around 14 000 visitors and hosts a stellar line up of religious and intellectual figures from across the world. This year the conference speaker list includes Amr Khaled (Time Magazine's 13th most influential person in the world), Hamza Yusuf (renowned scholar, part of historic Muslim Christian dialogue with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican), Dr. Tariq Ramadan (one of the world's foremost authorities on Muslims in the West), as well as Maher Arar and his wife Monia Mazigh author of the new book "Hope and Despair- My Struggle to Free my Husband".

RIS also brings together a stellar group of Muslim and Non Muslim scholars and intellectuals from around the globe to discuss key themes and pressing issues. Prominent past members include Toronto Mayor David Miller and renowned author Robert Fisk. This year's theme is "Setting Prophetic Priorities for Muslims in the West". Speakers will discuss the future role and needs of Muslim communities in Western Societies as the paradigm of Islam being an Eastern religion has shifted as a result of the millions of Muslims who live in North America and Europe.

"Muslims in Canada are global citizens and are more interconnected than ever to humanity around the world." Says convention founder, Fouzan Khan, "by bringing a diverse range of speakers to Toronto, the world's most diverse city, we hope to build real and meaningful institutions and contribute together with others to both the local and global societies we live in."

RIS will be arranging interviews for members of the media with speakers before, during, and after the Convention. In addition the Convention provides excellent photo and video opportunities during prayer services, lectures, and other events for news and media outlets.

Nadir Shirazi (Press Secretary) - - 416-662-5910


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