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Two Imams and Scholars from Two Traditions
November 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pmFree
An evening that will inspire and educate
Imams and scholars from Sunni and Shia traditions discuss :
Western Muslims and Social Justice
When: November 24, 2017 — 7:00 pm—9:30 pm
Where: Grand Mosque — 2445 Waverley Street
Imam Sayed Razawi is a Cleric and Theologian. He is the Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society. He is also a member of the Council of Scholars Europe and has represented the Muslim communities in the EC countries at consecutive high level religious leaders meetings in Brussels at the invitation of the then President Barroso and currently Vice President Timersmann. He is a trustee of the Maimonides Interfaith Foundation, a past representative on the National Council for Imams and Rabbis UK; a member of the Global Covenant of Religions and a committee member in promoting the UN International Day of Peace in the UK. He is a member of the global sustainability network working on goal 8.7 of the UNDP and on the advisory board of the Islamic reporting initiative. Under the auspicious of the Scottish Government and Interfaith Scotland, he founded the first formal Shia – Sunni Alliance in Scotland. Sayed Razawi is a faculty member of the University of Cambridge affiliated Senior Leaders Leadership Programme, which gives training to senior Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders in the UK. He is also a patron of the programme in Scotland. In May 2016, he was appointed as an advisor on the independent sharia review. In March 2017 he was asked to lead the Muslim prayer in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen for the Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey. In April 2017 he was part of a historic private meeting of 4 senior British imams with the Pope. The discussion centred around coexistence and reconciliation.
Imam Shaykh Yusuf Badat is the main Imam and ‘Director of Religious Affairs’ at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto. Shaykh Yusuf Badat also serves as a teacher for Arabic, Islamic Studies, Quranic Studies and World Religions at the Islamic Foundation School. Shaykh Yusuf Badat has served as Imam since 1999 at Masjid Anwarul Islam of Malton (Masjid Saliheen) in Mississauga, Canada. He has also been an instructor at the Toronto Shariah Program and the Uloom Program. Shaykh Yusuf Badat is the founder and director of Mathabah Foundation. He is executive memberof the Canadian Council of Muslim Theologians CCMT. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. Shaykh Yusuf Badat was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He has studied under some great scholars, receiving several formal authorizations in the sacred sciences with top honors. His commitment to the sacred sciences began early in his life when Allah blessed him with the ability, by the age of 14, to complete the memorization of the Holy Quran. He completed a rigorous 6-year Alim course at Darul Uloom Zakariya, South Africa where he achieved his masters in the Islamic sciences, which included but was not limited to, language, exegesis (tafseer) and jurisprudence (fiqh). He earned authorizations in Hadith under the Grand Mufti of South Africa- Shaykh Radha-ul-Haq. Shaykh Yusuf Badat is an Ontario registered minister of religion & licensed marriage officer. He also holds a diploma in Network Administration from the Toronto School of Business. His professional affiliations include: Ontario Ministry Services – Registered Clergy, Canadian Council of Muslim Theologians, Canadian Council of Imams, Emmanuel College – University of Toronto, Hilal Committee of the GTA, and Mathabah Foundation