Raficq Abdulla MA (Oxon.) MBE will deliver the annual Milad-un-Nabi Lecture at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto on Saturday, 20 January 2018. His lecture is entitled “The Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him and his family) – The Man and The Ideal". The event is due to begin at approximately 8:00 PM EST (Toronto time) and will be webcast live on this page and at http://the.ismaili/live. This event is co-sponsored by Emmanuel College, University of Toronto.
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Following the presentation, enjoy a skateboarding performance and the artist's outdoor photography installation in the Aga Khan Park featuring portraits of the fierce and feisty young girls who are participants of Skateistan, a non-profit organization empowering youth and children through skateboarding and education in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa. Spaces are limited. Family and friends of other faiths are warmly invited to attend.
The evening consisted of dialogue around the issues of gender parity, existing barriers of entry for women, best practices and the differences in recruitment amongst Canada’s private and public boards. In 2016, the Ontario government set a target that women should make up at least 40 percent of all appointments to every provincial board and agency by the year 2019.
The exhibited photographs were created by students during a workshop in March, 2017. The Exhibition was open to the public from May 6 to June 30, 2017 and received emotive reviews from the public. The exhibition was also featured prominently at Doors Open Toronto, May 27-28 at the Ismaili Centre, with many guests lined up to view the images and ephemera on display.
The students, ranging in age from 12 to 19, used photography and applied narrative storytelling techniques to share their perspectives on home. An exhibition of selected photographs created over the course of the five-day workshop was displayed at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto from 6 May – 30 June.
Visitors were captivated by the prayer hall, one of the great sacred rooms - and one of the great rooms, period - in Toronto, according to the Globe and Mail architecture critic, Alex Bozikovic and also enjoyed the photography in the exhibition hall, which showcased photos taken by newcomer students to Canada. The exhibition was part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography festival. Pop-up performances also took place in the Social Hall, including an acoustical trio playing soulful Turkish music
Following welcome remarks from Ismaili Council for Ontario President Sheherazade Hirji, Ms. Andrea Nemtin, President and CEO of Inspirit Foundation engaged Mr. Naqvi and Mr. Shariff in a moderated discussion covering numerous themes, including the future of public policy in Canada, the rule of law in the 21st century, and how to implement pluralism in practice.