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The Ismaili Centre Toronto

Toronto, 31 January 2015 — Milad-un-Nabi marks the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammed (may peace be upon him and his family). To commemorate this anniversary, the Ismaili Centre, Toronto held a lecture that marked the inauguration of a thematic programme titled Cities of Arrival, which takes a look at how humanity will coexist, as our cities grow more dense and diverse.

Guest speaker Dr Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Islamic Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, spoke eloquently about the importance of interfaith dialogue as a gateway to mutual knowledge and tolerance. Dr Afsaruddin's speech was followed by a discussion with moderator Dr Zulfikar Hirji and a question-and-answer session with the audience.
Included in the diverse audience of over 400 people, were members of the ummah, the Diplomatic Corps, civil society leaders and multi-faith representatives. The event was co-sponsored by Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.