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CivicMuslims is climbing the CN Tower for WWF-Canada this Saturday. Our group members raised $1300 so far! Sponsor a team member or become a team member yourself! (it's not too late just yet)

Starts: April 27 @ 9:00am
Ends: April 27 @ 12:00pm
Location: CN Tower
301 Front Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 2T6

Skip the elevators because CivicMuslims is sending a team to the annual CN Tower Stair Climb for WWF (World Wide Fund For Nature) Canada.

- Join Team CivicMuslims and support WWF’s efforts to protect species at risk and the habitats they call home.
– Challenge yourself and get ready to climb 1776 steps all the way to the top of the CN Tower.
– The climb takes 20-30 minutes on average and is a great experience.
– Registration is $25 and each volunteer must raise $75. 100% of your fundraising goes directly to WWF.
– Afterwards, we will head to Marché Restaurant for brunch.

All climbers will receive a FREE WWF event t-shirt and a chance to get exciting fundraising prizes. Join Team CivicMuslims today.



Happy One Year Anniversary CivicMuslims!

Celebrate with us at : ‘Lights OFF – Earth ON‘ : a candlelit dinner and conversation in honour of Earth Hour. Turn off the lights at home and join in on a fun evening filled with food, reflections on protecting our planet, a short film screening, and connecting with great people over a delicious catered dinner from Paramount Fine Foods.

Canadian Muslims marked Earth Hour on Saturday evening in Toronto with a candlelit dinner and conversation about climate change and the current state of the environment.

“Earth Hour is a global movement that unites individuals in protecting the environment,” Muaz Nasir, Founder of the Think Green Khutbah Campaign and, told IQRA.

“The simple action of turning off the lights raises awareness of broader environmental issues that affect us now and have implications on future generations.”

The event, themed Lights OFF – Earth ON, was organized Saturday, March 23, by the up-and-coming civic engagement group, CivicMuslims, and the Muslim Students Association at the University of Toronto and held at the University of Toronto’s Multi-Faith Center.

It featured a showing of the popular short documentary, The Story of Stuff, and presentations by a number of environmental leaders in the Canadian Muslim community.

“To celebrate our organization’s first year we couldn’t have asked for a better event that brings this many people together to celebrate Earth Hour,” Mohamed Awad, Founder of CivicMuslims told IQRA.

“We’re spending a candlelit evening together and enjoying dinner but at the same time we’re learning about environmental issues and coming together over this cause.”

Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund (WWF) and held towards the end of March annually.

Earth Hour first took place in 2007 and many other cities around the world adopted the event in the following year.

It aims to encourage households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.

This year, it is estimated that people in more than 7,000 cities and towns around the world turned off lights for an hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time.

Toronto’s electricity demand is estimated to have dropped 205 megawatts, or roughly seven percent during Earth Hour.

This is equivalent to removing about 92,000 homes off Toronto’s electricity grid.

Green Khutbah

The evening’s program began with a showing of The Story of Stuff, a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of production and consumption patterns.

Following the documentary, there were a number of short responses by panelists, Dr. Hind Al-Abadleh, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Associate Director of the Center for Women in Science at Wilfrid Laurier University; Afeefa Karim, Assistant Director of the Regenesis Project; and Aasiya Hussain, Founder of Ecohesian Inc. and Site Coordinator of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Finch Meander in Rouge Park.

“A consumer-based society, our business as usual activities, are forcing the natural equilibrium to shift in one direction only and that is the direction of depletion and pollution and weakening the whole system from self renewal and self recovery,” said Dr. Hind in response to the documentary.

“In doing so, we’re compromising our health and well-being and also compromising our future generations to meet their needs.”

Afeefa Karim, Assistant Director of the Regenesis Project, asked the audience to be aware of the effects of a consumption based culture.

“One of the most dangerous aspects of consumerism is its ability to create, sustain and impose norms on every aspect of our lives, from norms of how we should dress to norms about how we should work or about how we should feel, norms of social interaction, spending lifestyle etc,” she said.

“Be sure that we remember that it is not the material things, like the actual cell phones or computers that we have that are good or bad, but it is the priority that we have and the role that we accord them that is problematic and we need to be very critical of that.

“The theme of this event was devoted to environmental and social impacts of consumerism and the panel touched upon the importance of re-evaluating our purchasing habits and taking into consideration the entire lifespan of these consumer goods,” said Nasir, the founder of the Think Green Khutbah Campaign.

“There are several references in the Quran that warn us against waste and consuming in excess.”

The annual Green Khutbah Campaign was also launched at Saturday’s evening event.

“The goal of the Campaign is to raise awareness of environmental issues within the broader Muslim Community,” said Nasir who founded the Green Khutbah Campaign last year.

“On Friday April 19th, 2013, imams are being requested to deliver a Khutbah on an environmental topic to raise awareness on the challenges facing humanity.

“We look forward to the second year of CivicMuslims and we hope to have more initiatives like these to raise awareness about issues in our community,” added Mohamed Awad, Founder of CivicMuslims.

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Happy One Year Anniversary CivicMuslims! Thank you to everyone who joined us and made it such a special evening :)

Posted by CivicMuslims on Sunday, March 24, 2013



Parliamentary debates finalists from Stephen Lewis Secondary and Middlefield Collegiate pose with their judges at MIST. Super talented highschoolers! Thank you to all the volunteers and the CivicMuslims team for making debates at MIST Toronto 2013 an amazing experience

Starts: March 09 @ 12:00pm
Ends: March 10 @ 6:00pm
Location: York University, Keele Campus
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3

CivicMuslims is recruiting a team of Debates Judges for this year’s MIST Toronto, an interscholastic tournament that brings together close to 1000 high school students from across Ontario to compete in fun and educational competitions.

In debates, students go head-to-head to outdebate their opponents on a range of topics, in two formats: parliamentary and traditional. Check out these videos to give you a taste of MIST: 2012 Trailer and Because MIST Happens.

Thank you for your interest. We have more than 70 judges signed up and have closed registration. 



On Saturday, February 23, CivicMuslims participated in a Team Build Day in support of Habitat for Humanity Toronto’s work. Our team has raised over $1,500 for Habitat. You can pledge your support at our CivicMuslims Team page ( 100% of your donations go directly to Habitat Toronto. 

A recent collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Toronto by the CivicMuslims organization helped their volunteers appreciate the importance of safe and accessible housing.

“We hope that volunteers take home the importance of advocating for accessible housing and the vital role safe communities play in creating a more livable society,” Muaz Nasir, Volunteer Coordinator of CivicMuslims, told IQRA.

The Habitat for Humanity team build event was held on Saturday, February 23, at their Oshawa build site.

The issue of access to affordable housing also affects the Muslim community as well, with many newcomers facing similar barriers – lack of employment, references or credit history – that may impede them from securing safe and affordable home” added Nasir.

CivicMuslims is a Toronto-based group of young Canadian Muslims with a passion for volunteerism and civic engagement.

Habitat Toronto is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, a world renowned organization known for mobilizing volunteers to build affordable housing and promote homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty.

“Since our beginning, community groups have been a cornerstone of support for Habitat for Humanity affiliates all over the world,” Enloe Wilson, Faith & Community Development Officer Habitat for Humanity Toronto told IQRA. “Whether they offer time, money or mere connectivity in the community, our founder Millard Fuller recognized the appropriateness of everyday people coming together to support everyday people.”

Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and are financed with affordable, no-interest mortgages. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments go into a revolving fund, which is used to build more homes.

At the Oshawa build site, CivicMuslims volunteers were given a brief overview of the project and safety procedures, and were then broken up into several groups.

The tasks of the day involved putting up drywall, mudding the seams and joints, putting up vinyl siding and sealing cracks in the buildings moisture barrier.

The volunteers appreciated the social challenges that often prevent families from accessing a safe and secure home.

“Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity has taught me to reflect upon the innumerable blessings that Allah has granted me, one of them being not having to worry about finding daily shelter that serves as protection from the elements and so much more,” said Robin Rahman, a CivicMuslims Volunteer. “It was truly rewarding to be able to work with a team of volunteers to help build homes for people in need.”

According to Muaz Nasir, the activity, which also raised $1535 for Habitat, was chosen because their values closely mirrored the organizational mandate of CivicMuslims – ‘Volunteer, Connect, Grow.’

“This opportunity touched upon all three concepts of our slogan,” he said. “Habitat works with people of all faiths and beliefs in a spirit of justice and compassion and this core tenet touched upon the Islamic beliefs of civic action and altruism that CivicMuslims was founded on.”

Habitat Toronto is appreciative of hosting faith groups in home builds.

“And for we, People of the Book, who share common roots in the hospitality of Abraham, this service holds not only an important civic, but a sacred, role in our lives,” said Enloe Wilson. “It’s an honour, then, for our Christian organization to work alongside our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

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On Saturday, February 23, CivicMuslims participated in a Team Build Day in support of Habitat for Humanity Toronto’s...

Posted by CivicMuslims on Saturday, February 23, 2013



Metrolinx has unveiled its Big Plan for public transportation in the Greater Toronto Area. Whether you drive a car, use public transit, cycle or walk – this plan will change how you get around your community.

Starts: February 09 @ 1:00pm
Ends: February 09 @ 3:00pm
Location: Metro Hall, Room 308
55 John St.
Toronto, ON, M5V 3C6

$34 billion of local and regional transit projects are proposed for the next phase of development. Metrolinx is hosting a Big Conversation: it’s our chance to learn about and discuss current and future transportation projects that will affect the lives of generations to come.



Join CivicMuslims at 93 Harbord restaurant on Tuesday, February 5, for a delicious three-course dinner. The prix-fixe menu is $25 plus taxes and gratuity. Check out the menu on the Winterlicious website. Halal options are available at this restaurant.

Starts: February 05 @ 6:30pm
Ends: February 05 @ 8:30pm
Location: 93 Harbord Restaurant
93 Harbord Street
Toronto, ON, M5S 1G4

Winterlicious is Toronto’s biggest winter culinary celebration.

93 Harbord is an upscale, warm and inviting Middle Eastern restaurant that has quickly earned the loyalty of local regulars. Executive Chef Isam Kaisi takes pride in choosing the best ingredients for his unique and modern interpretation of classical Middle Eastern cuisine.



CivicMuslims' Mohamed Awad spoke at a panel discussion held by the University of Toronto’s Muslim Students’ Association as part of the Muslims for White Ribbon campaign. The orginal article was posted on

University of Toronto Muslim students joined in the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign and held a teach-in on Thursday evening to raise awareness about violence against women in Canada.

“The Muslim Students Association (MSA) is proud to present the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign initiative,” stated the Community Affairs Committee of MSA. “The panel discussion is being held to deal with the role, perception and status of women in Islam and raise awareness about violence against women.”

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest grassroots effort in the world of men working to end violence against women.

“This campaign allows Muslim Canadians to reflect on the reality of violence against women,” said panelist Muneeb Nasir, Co-Chair of the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign and President of the Olive Tree Foundation. “We hope to challenge everyone, especially men and boys, to speak out and think about their own beliefs, language and actions.

Other panelists included Amjad Tarsin, U of T Muslim Chaplain; Farheen Khan of Interim Place; Farrah Khan of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic; and Mohamed Awad of Civic Muslims.





“Violence against women has multiple layers,” said Farheen Khan, Manager of Development at Interim Place which provides shelter and support services for women in Peel Region. “We must take a stand against it, acknowledge it exists and vocalize the issue.”

She outlined the various services provided to women facing violence by organizations such as Interim Place.  These include an emergency shelter, community support and outreach programs, and a 24-hour crisis line. Since 1981 Interim Place has assisted well over 38,000 women and children find safety, heal and build new lives free of violence.

Another panelist, Farrah Khan, a Counselor and Advocate at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, outlined the Outburst! program, an initiative sponsored by the Clinic. The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence

“Outburst! is a program for young Muslim women in Toronto who are breaking silence and speaking out about violence,” she said.

Farrah Khan is a nationally recognized public speaker and educator on violence against women including forced marriage and “honour” related violence.

Outburst! offers individual counseling for young Muslim women facing family violence, including forced marriage, family conflict, and stalking and harassment; training for institutions and service providers, helping them to better meet the needs of young Muslim women facing forced marriage, family violence and systemic oppression; and offering arts-related groups for young Muslim women in Toronto.

Both Farheen Khan and Farrah Khan spoke of their experiences in dealing with women in abusive relationships and the challenges faced in providing them support.

Muneeb Nasir, Co-Chair of the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign, gave the audience an overview of the Campaign and its objectives.

“One of the primary objectives of the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign is to bring the moral authority of Muslim religious leaders to condemn violence against women and to say clearly that this has nothing to do with our religion,” he said. “The Campaign is, primarily, targeted to men and boys asking them to step up and step forward by taking a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.”

Amjad Tarsin, the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Toronto, asked the students to reflect on the example of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him.

“We must look at the Prophet – his character – and the mercy and love that he taught,” he said. “We need to have a conversation on how we understand his message.”

“Violence against women is an extremely important and timely topic for the Muslim community,” he added. “For a long time, it has been brushed under the rug.”

Mohamed Awad, Founder of CivicMuslims and a Co-Chair of the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign, spoke about lessons to be learned from campaigns and encouraged the students to get involved in ‘ideas for good’ through grassroots activism.

“You should dare to dream and to make a commitment not to live without a dream,” he said. “One day, you will get an idea, such as starting a campaign to end violence against women. Nourish your idea and take small steps to turn it into reality. Change starts at the grassroots and requires patience and persistence.”

 CivicMuslims is a Canadian grassroots initiative promoting volunteerism and civic engagement.

Earlier in the week, the MSA had set up an information booth on campus where students were asked to take the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.

Further information about the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign can be found at



CivicMuslims is sending a team of volunteers to help out at SMILE’s integrated learning event on Sunday, January 20. SMILE is an organization dedicated to supporting children living with disabilities and their families.

Starts: January 20 @ 12:00pm
Ends: January 20 @ 4:00pm
Location: Olive Grove School
2300 Speakman Drive
Mississauga, ON, L5K 1B4

Pair up with a SMILE child while their parents attend the SMILE workshop. There will be an animal show and crafts for the children. Help ensure that the children have a fun time. Join our volunteer team, email: (Spaces are limited!)

Volunteers must be at Olive Grove School by 12 pm to attend a mandatory orientation. Volunteers are NOT expected to be caregivers or support professionals. Our role is to provide quality social time for the children. Volunteers will also assist with setup and cleanup.

CivicMuslims volunteers with the awesome S M I L E team at today's integrative learning event. What an incredible experience. Love and blessings to all.

Posted by CivicMuslims on Sunday, January 20, 2013



CivicMuslims is sending a team of volunteers to help out at the ISNA Canada Food Bank on Saturday, January 5th.

The ISNA Canada Food Bank serves families and individuals in need of all faiths and backgrounds.

Starts: January 05 @ 8:00am
Ends: January 05 @ 2:00pm
Location: ISNA Canada Food Bank
2200 South Sheridan Way
Mississauga, ON, L5J 2M4

By volunteering you will have a chance to help out with three amazing programs on the same day:

  • Food Bank – providing food baskets

  • Soup Kitchen – serving hot meals

  • Meals on Wheels – preparing meals for shelters in Toronto

Join our volunteer team by emailing Volunteers are particularly needed for the morning shift (8 AM), but you can drop by any time until 2 PM. Just let us know when you are able to join us.



On Thursday, November 22nd, join us for our Idea Jam where we share dinner in a casual atmosphere and brainstorm events and projects for CivicMuslims.

Starts: November 22 @ 7:00pm
Ends: November 22 @ 9:00pm
Location: Kabab Grill House
70 Gerrard St. W. 
Toronto, ON, M5G 1J5

7 – 7:15 (Welcome and Introductions)
7:15 – 7:45 (Volunteer Initiatives)
7:45 – 8:15 (Educational Initiatives)
8:15 – 8:45 (Social Initiatives)
8:45 – 9 (Wrap Up)

At this dinner we will discuss plans for our 2013 events, so make sure to join us.

Please RSVP below to help us make reservations, but feel free to just drop in too. Everyone pays for their individual meal.

Delicious food, awesome ideas, and one key ingredient: YOU!




Today is National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. CivicMuslims' Mohamed Awad, Muaz Nasir, and Omar Khaled are volunteering with the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign. 

Founded in Canada in 1991, the White Ribbon Campaign is the largest grassroots effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. Join us, take the pledge to “never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women”:



If you haven't yet, reserve your spot on our website for our Eid Networking Lunch: Attached is the delicious entree prix fixe menu  We can't wait to see you all on Saturday, isA.

Starts: November 10 @ 1:30pm

Ends: November 10 @ 3:30pm

Location: Zaytoun Halal Grill
4230 Sherwoodtowne Blvd. 
Mississauga , ON, L4Z 2G6

Join us for our Eid al-Adha networking lunch: Eid, Meet, and Eat.

We are getting together at the beautiful new restaurant, Zaytoun Halal Grill in Mississauga.

When: Saturday, November 10

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm



Join CivicMuslims at BMO Field to cheer on the Canadian Men’s Soccer Team in their important Brazil World Cup 2014 Qualifier versus Cuba.

Starts: October 12 @ 7:30pm
Ends: October 12 @ 9:30pm
Location: BMO Field
170 Princes' Boulevard
Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3

  • Game is on Friday, October 12, at 7:30 pm.

  • CivicMuslims reserved a section for our group with the Canadian Soccer Association.

  • Tickets are $30, all taxes and fees included. You can purchase your tickets online (see below) or in-person (please email us:

  • BMO Field is easily accessible by car and public transportation (Exhibition station). Visit BMO Field’s website for directions.

We have SOLD OUT all of our tickets. We hope to connect with you at a future event!

Congrats Team Canada on the 3-0 Victory! With Canada Soccer

Posted by CivicMuslims on Saturday, October 13, 2012



CivicMuslims is pleased to invite you to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup at Finch Meander in Rouge Park, hosted by Site Coordinator Aasiya Hussain of Ecohesian Inc.

Please join in fulfilling our amaanah (sacred trust) by leaving a positive national legacy that helps keep our waters and natural environment healthy and sustainable. 

When: Sunday, September 23, 2012. Sign-in @ 2pm, start @ 2:30pm

Where: Finch Meander Trail, Rouge Park (North of the Toronto Zoo)

CivicMuslims is arranging carpooling. RSVP to join us:

Pre-registration is required (with parental/guardian signature for those under 18 years of age):

This event is a conservation initiative of WWF-Canada and Vancouver Aquarium, presented by Loblaw, hosted and coordinated by Aasiya Hussain.

Organized by Aasiya Hussain of Ecohesian Inc.

Posted by CivicMuslims on Monday, September 24, 2012



In Canada we are blessed with an abundance of fresh water and enjoy relatively easy and reliable access to it. This convenience however has allowed us to become disassociated with the true value of water as a life preserving force and a catalyst for growth both physically and spiritually.\The goal of this seminar is to rekindle our connection towards the sanctity of water and provide proactive tips that we can use to optimize our overall water efficiency.

Water plays an instrumental role in the foundation of many of the world’s religions. Whether it is used as part of ritual cleansing and purification or embraced as a symbol of growth and fertility, the concept of water management and conservation is integral to the religious practices of many faiths.

CivicMuslims is proud to support this initiative which will be taking place at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto on September 20 2012. The goal of this seminar is to rekindle our connection towards the sanctity of water, provide proactive tips that faith groups can use to increase awareness within their congregations and optimize the overall water efficiency of both our homes and institutions.

Starts: September 20 @ 6:30pm
Ends: September 20 @ 8:30pm
Location: Islamic Foundation of Toronto
441 Nugget Avenue
Toronto, ON, M1S 5E1


For the full article regarding this event, please visit:

Posted by - A Sacred Trust on Friday, September 21, 2012



CivicMuslims is excited to join Youth Without Shelter for its annual garden clean-up of the facility grounds in preparation for winter. Tasks include clearing the grounds, turning over the garden beds and general maintenance around the facility.  A tour will also be provided to educate volunteers about the services that are offered and the unique approach taken by staff to empower the youth.

Starts: October 26 @ 9:30am
Ends: October 26 @ 12:00pm
Location: Youth Without Shelter
6 Warrendale Court
Toronto ON, M9V 1P9 

*Update October 21st 2013: Several spots have become available for the Youth Without Shelter – Garden/Yard Cleanup this Saturday. If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to Spots will be filled on a first come basis.

Youth Without Shelter (YWS) is Etobicoke’s singular emergency residence and referral agency serving homeless youth aged 16-24. At YWS we are committed to stepping far beyond the basics of food and beds.

In 1986 a group of teachers and guidance counselors created YWS as they were frustrated with the lack of safe, emergency housing and support programs for their students. Since that time Youth without Shelter has helped more than 14,000 homeless youth to build their confidence and life-skills and to find long-term stable housing and jobs. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we are dedicated to providing shelter and support programs in a safe environment, with the goal of getting youth off the streets permanently.

With ISNA Youth Committee

Posted by CivicMuslims on Sunday, September 16, 2012



Youth Workshop

Posted by CivicMuslims on Tuesday, June 5, 2012



It's so humbling to be with people of all ages and backgrounds doing the most selfless thing: donating blood to help save lives. — at Canadian Blood Services Donor Clinic, Manulife Centre.

Starts: May 26 @ 12:30pm

Ends: May 26 @ 3:30pm
Location: Canadian Blood Services
55 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON, M4Y 1R7

CivicMuslims is honoured to be a Partner for Life with Canadian Blood Services.

We are organizing a blood donation drive for Saturday, May 26:

  • Join us and enjoy complimentary lunch at Paramount Downtown (Yonge/Dundas) @ 12:30pm

  • Donate blood with us at the Canadian Blood Services Bloor Location @ 2pm

Our partner ID is CIVI012771. If you are donating on your own and want your donation to count towards our pledge, please mention our partner ID when donating.



We are designing a workshop for youth on the importance of volunteerism and civic engagement. Wanna be part of the design team? We are meeting this Monday @ 6:30 in downtown Toronto. It will be an awesome experience. Email us to be part of the experience:


Youth Workshop Design Session

Posted by CivicMuslims on Wednesday, May 23, 2012



Portable Mosques: The Sacred Space of Prayer Rugs is an exhibition showcasing an international collection of prayer rugs at the Textile Museum of Canada.


Starts: May 16 @ 6:30pm
Ends: May 16 @ 8:00pm
Location: Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5

On Wednesday, May 16, join CivicMuslims in visiting this beautiful Museum right in the heart of downtown Toronto.

  • Meet at the Museum at 6:30 pm.

  • After visiting the Museum we will get together at a local café.