- Islamic Institute of Toronto
name = Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT)
motto = التعليم لحياة أفضل (Arabic) "Education for Virtuous Living"
established = 1996
type = Public
campus = Urban, convert|8|acre|m2
colours = Green and Grey color box|#4F7942 color box|#808080
athletics = Soccer League [http://www.IslamicSoccerLeague.ca] ,Japan Karate Association [http://iskfcanada.com/] , Scouts Canada [http://www.islamicinstitute.ca/Youth%20Education%20Program.php?id=C0_56_8] , In-House Cricket
nickname = IIT
Islamic Institute of Toronto(IIT) is a non-profit, federally registered, educational institute. The IIT Institute was established in 1996 to Strengthen access to Islamic universities and colleges, Promote scholarly research, Facilitate community outreach and interaction with other religious organizations and community groups, Consolidate the social fabric of the Community and Sustain Islamic work by encouraging and building endowments. Islamic Institute of Toronto's mission is to nurture and establish Islam as a living reality in the lives of Muslims and to enhance the Islamic identity in the society at large. Islamic Institute of Torontocurriculum includes:
The Campus will include a conference centre, triple gymnasium, library and reading room,
Mosqueand a swimming pool. The complex will also be home to an Islamic High School which will cater to Muslim students who are desirous of combining traditional, time-honored education values with modern learning techniques.
Phase One of the building project is in its advanced stages with the building constructed while finishing touches are placed. Phase One will comprise classroom, library, multi-purpose hall and other necessary amenities.
Ijazah in Arabic and Islamic Studies
Ijazahoffered by the IIT Institute reflect a comprehensive understanding of Islam as both faith and practice, hence the slogan "Education for Virtuous Living". The Ijazah program is a 4 year, equivalent to a Bachelor's degree,program which will be initially be offered on a continuing education model on evenings and weekends. A full-time module is scheduled to be implemented at a later date. The courses offered are a combination of the best in mannerism, etiquette, good conduct, spiritual purification, morality, patience and altruism.
The Ijazah program of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the IIT Institute is aimed at enabling students to gain an in-depth understanding of the Islamic faith to lead a virtuous life, experience Islam within themselves, and share the divine mercy with fellow humans.
The program consists of the following major areas:
*Arabic linguistic skills
Quranand related disciplines
Hadithand related disciplines
*Islamic theology and jurisprudence (
*Islamic ethics (
Akhlaq) and spirituality ( Tasawwuf)
*Islamic History (
*Islam and contemporary issues
Faculty of Arabic Language
The Faculty will offer certificates in the following streams of the language:
*Classical Arabic Language
*Access to Qur'anic Arabic
*Modern Standard Arabic
Faculty of Qur'anic Studies
The Faculty of Qur'anic Studies will offer certificate programs aimed at understanding the Qur'an, its revelation and transmission as well as its message and mastering its recitation:
*Sciences of the Qur'an (Qirat)
*Thematic study of the Qur'an
Faculty of Islamic Studies
The Faculty of Islamic Studies offers certificate programs in Islamic Studies on two levels - Level One Certificate and Level Two Certificate. The curriculum covers:
Salaah, Zakaah, Fastingand Hajj)
*Islamic Ethics and Morals
*Islamic History and Civilization
*Marriage and Family Life
Ahmad Kuttyis the senior lecturer and resident scholar at the IIT Institute. He was educated in the traditional Islamic Sciences in India and at the Islamic University of Madinah. He received his Ijazahas an Alimand Faqihfrom India and Madina. He pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Toronto(M.A) and McGill University, Montreal (Doctoral Studies). He has served as Imamfor Jami Mosque and Islamic Foundation of Toronto. He is currently a Muftiat the internationally renowned website [IslamOnline.net] and provides fatwas for [Islam.ca] . His fatwas have been acclaimed by both western and Islamic scholars and the prestigious International Islamic University of Malaysiahas co-opted several hundred of his fatawas for their fatwa bank.
Shaikh Abdool Hamid graduated from
Islamic University of Madinahand specializes in Hadith Studies. He is currently a resident scholar at the IIT Institute where he teaches several courses in Arabic Language, Hadith and Seerah. He serves as an Islamic Counselor with the Islamic Social Services and Resource Association(Toronto) and is a regular khateeband lecturer at several prominent mosque in and around Toronto. Shaikh Abdool Hamid is also the spiritual guide for the IIT Hajjgroup which takes more than 75 Hujjajevery year to Makkah.
Imam Hamid Slimi is a scholar who specializes in
Islamic Studies and Lawas well as Comparative World Religions. He holds two Masters Degreewith High Honors in both disciplines and is currently finishing his Ph.D in Islamic Law. He received both his traditional and academic learning in Morocco and attended other renowned institution and universities in other parts of the world. He received his Mastersin Comparative World Religionsfrom the U.S.A.
Imam Slimi has been educated in
Arabic, French and English. He can also lecture in a few other Latinand Eastern languages. Both his Ijazahand Gradute Shahadatare in Fiqh(Islamic Jurisprudence) and Usul-ul-Fiqh(Fundamentals of Jurisprudence). His extensive research has been in the field of Jurisprudential Rules as well as al-Fiqh al-Muqaaran (Comparative Fiqh) in the four Madhabs. He was the lecturer of the Islamic Centre of Londonas well as the chaplain of the major hospitalsand Correction Centersin the city as well as University of Western Ontariofor a period of 4 years. Imam Slimi has authored books in Arabic and English in the principles of Jurisprudence ( Usul-al-Fiqh) and Islamic matters. His book published in 2001 has been widely distributed in North America and received many positive responses. He appears occasionally on different TV shows and is very active in the Muslim-Christian Dialogue.
Iqbal Masood Nadviobtained his Oriental Degreein Islamic studiesfrom Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknowin 1967. He then completed higher secondary with merit in 1972, and in Arabic in 1969. Later he completed his BA from Barkatullah University,formerly Bhopal University with majors in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, English, and political sciences before moving to Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, he obtained his license in Shariah from Islamic University of Madinah, Saudi Arabia in 1978 and his MA in Islamic lawfrom Umm al-QuraUniversity in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 1983. He then obtained his Ph.D. from the same university in 1991 after which he moved to the teaching position in Riyadh. He now resides in Greater Toronto Area
Iqbal Masood Nadvihas taught Islamic Shar'iah and Jurisprudence subject in King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, for six years and dealt with various subjects such as principles of jurisprudence (Usool Al-Fiqh), Islamic Culture, Islamic Political Thought, Islamic movements and Fiqh of Organization
haikh Asad Yakob
Shaikh Asad Yakob is a graduate of the
Islamic University of Madinahwhere he majored in Sharia. After completing his studies he returned to his native country Guyana where he became an instructor of Arabic and Islamic Studiesat the Guyana Islamic Institute. He has been involved in teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT) and at other venues around the Greater Toronto Area.
haikh Saeeed Gharsudeen
Shaikh Saeeed Gharsudeen of Egyptian origin is a well known
Qariin the GTA. He studied at Al-Azhar Universityand obtained his Ijazahfrom Shaikh Abdullah Al-Jawhari. He has taught Quranto hundreds of children and is the principal of Azhar Islamic Schoolin west Toronto. Shaikh Saeeed has mastered the art of Tajweed(Quranic recitation) and leads Taraweehprayers at various masaajids in Greater Toronto Area.
haikh Sibghatullah Rasul
Shaikh Sibghatullah Rasul has spent his entire life studying, perfecting and teaching the
Quran. A native of Iraq, Shaikh Sibghatullah studied under prominent scholars in Iraqand al Madinat al Munawwarahand has mastered the art of Tajweed(Quranic Recitation). Shaikh Sibghatullah has taught at IIT Institute and has led Taraweehat several masaajid in the Greater Toronto Area.
Board of Directors
Fareed Amin, President
Farhad Khadim, Vice President and Director of Education
Ahmad Kutty, Chancellor and Senior Professor
Zahid Ali, Treasurer
Mohamed (Jay) Mobeen, Secretary & Chair of the Fundraising Committee
Abraheem Hamid, Director
Irfan Khan, Director in charge of Youth
Omman Hussain, Assistant Secretary
Students who are impeded by the cost of the program may be provided Scholarships by anonymous donations. Bursaries are also offered by the IIT Institute, especially for Student in
IjazahProgram at the rate of 15% per course. Further Bursaries may be provided for students in need. Muslim Citizens throughout the centuries have established an excellent model of financial support for students of Islamic Knowledge by supporting them financially.
List of Islamic and Muslim related topics
McGill University Institute of Islamic Studies
* [http://www.islamicinstitute.ca/ IIT Institute]
* [http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/220629 Toronto Star reviews Islamic Institute of Toronto]
* [http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0913-10.htm Abdool Hamid and Ahmad Kutty travel to U.S for a Peace Conference]
* [http://toronto.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20050722/imams_declaration_050721?hub=TorontoHo Ahmad Kutty denounce extremism on CTV]
* [http://www.caircan.ca/downloads/PC-IS-072105.pdf Statement by Canadian Imams on Extremism]
* [http://416-777-7777.com/comment/columnists/article/208611 Toronto Star reviews Islamic Institute of Toronto's scouts]
* [http://www.islamonline.net/english/in_depth/blood/articles/02.shtml Sheikh Ahmad Kutty on Blood Donations]
* [http://www2b.abc.net.au/tmb/Client/Message.aspx?b=70&m=9372&ps=20&dm=1&pd=2&am=9372 Sheikh Ahmad Kutty on Democracy]
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