Past Announcements

PUBLIC SQUARE SERIES - Fostering Cross Cultural Respect and Appreciation


The Public Square Series

Fostering Cross Cultural Respect and Appreciation 

The Public Square Series is showcasing four cultural and religious communities to help build bridges of understanding, encourage interaction, share history and inspire courage and resilience to overcome challenges while celebrating multiculturalism.

The Muslim community and newcomers are invited to attend receptions hosted by the Aboriginal, Japanese, Filipino and Mennonite communities in Winnipeg. The program will include a host panel and discussion cafés with leaders of host communities in media, politics, social activism and economics.

Please call and book your spot for all events. Registration is free. 204 944 1560 or email [email protected]

Buses will run from IRCOM House (95 Ellen Street) for those requiring transportation. Interpreters will be provided as requested when registering. All refreshments will be halal. 

An evening with the Aboriginal Community

Friday February 22, 2013 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Thunder Bird House
715 Main Street

An evening with the Japanese Community

Thursday February 28, 2013 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural 
180 McPhillips Street 

An evening with the Filipino Community

Friday March 8, 2013 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Philipine Canadian Centre of Manitoba
737 Keewatin Street 

An evening with the Mennonite Community

Wednesday March 20, 2013 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Location: TBA 

Funding for this project has been provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism 



The following is a letter sent to ISSA regarding the above event:

Good afternoon,

My name is Cecilly Hildebrand. I had the wonderful privilege of presenting

and participating in your Public Square event last night at Sargent

Mennonite Church. I feel as though I walked away with new friends as well

as a deeper desire to participate in more similar dialogue events. I wanted

to thank you this opportunity. If you are planning to have more events and

have an email list that you send updates to, I would love to have my name


I would also like to extend a personal invitation to attend the Canadian

School of Peacebuilding, an institute of Canadian Mennonite University. We

offer two weeks of 5-day courses from June 17-21 and June 24-28. Each year

we invite peacebuilders – local and international, young and old, students,

practitioners and those new to peacebuilding, from all faiths, countries

and identity groups – to participate in their choice of 5-day courses for

personal inspiration, professional development, or academic credit. One of

the courses I'd like to highlight is being taught by Mubarak Awad, called

"Finding Your Voice: Understanding Nonviolent Action for Today's Complex

World." Mubarak Awad was born in Jerusalem, Palestine, and is the founder

of the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem. He

also formed Nonviolence International, which promotes peace education and

nonviolent action in dealing with political and social issues, and is an

adjunct professor at the American University in Washington focusing on

promoting dialogue and transforming post-conflict societies. If you are

interested in this course or others, please feel free to visit our website

Please also feel free to forward information about this course on to anyone

who may be interested. The more diverse the classroom, the more enriching

it is. We would love to gain your friendship.

Once again, thank you very much for the opportunity to participate in the

Public Square event. I felt truly blessed by the open and respectful

conversations and the struggle to come to grips with the mutual concerns we



Cecilly Hildebrand

Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute Program 2013 - Call for Applicants

CMLI 2013

Call for applications for acceptance into the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute core program 2013.

The Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute (CMLI) is an organization committed to nurturing collaborative community leadership. 

CMLI is now accepting applications for it's 2013 'Core program' beginning in March and concluding in August. This 6 month program requires CMLI participants to attend 3 weekend retreats and  3 evening roundtables. Attendance of these are mandatory.

The dates for these are the following:
Retreat 1: March 1-3
Retreat 2: May 31- June 2
Retreat 3: August 23- 25
Roundtable 1: March 19th , 6-9pm
Roundtable 2: May 1st , 6-9pm
Roundtable 3: June 12th , 6-9pm  

The cost of the program is $500; CMLI encourages participants to find community sponsors to fund applicant's participation in the program. Subsidies are available.

The Core program brings in specialists, activists, academics, facilitators and community leaders from across all cultural and faith groups. The program focuses on developing participants ability to think critically, encourage personal self discovery, create cross cultural connections and encourage proactive 'hands on' projects and experiences.

For more information please see the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute facebook page or contact our office @ 204.944.1560.

Please contact [email protected] for a copy of the application form and submit it to CMLI Steering Committee Chair, Omar Siddiqui: [email protected]  Deadline for application is Feb 7th, 2013. Successful candidates will be informed by Feb 10th, 2013.

ISLAM 101 - Being Muslim: A Practical Guide to Faith and Practice


Being Muslim: a Practical Guide to Faith and Practice
Class Instructors: Dr. Idris Elbakri and Sr. Ghezal Sabir
When:  Every Saturday beginning Saturday Feb 9/13. 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Winnipeg Central Mosque. (WCM), 715 Ellice Avenue
All are welcome to attend.
No background knowledge is required and all questions are welcomed.
Being Muslim is a class that will cover the essential aspects of Islam from the most basic level. Together, in a relaxed and friendly environment, we will cover a wide variety of subjects that will give learners not simply a collection of facts, but an understanding of the vision and spirit of Islam.
 Topics will include:
-The purpose of life and why we are here
- Why God sent prophets
- How to learn more about Islam 
- Destiny and fate
- Basic Muslim belief 
- How to pray and fast
- Morality in everyday life 
- The life of the Prophet Muhammad
- An introduction to the Quran 
- Developing good character
- Islam in daily life
- The Islamic calendar
 … and more.
Previous attendees have testified:
 “Very comfortable and relaxed learning environment” ; “I was able to ask questions; Never felt as though any topic was taboo” ; “I gained a much greater understanding of the religion and dispelled many of the incorrect beliefs I have been told previously” ; “Material was explained thoroughly” ; “I think the class was a success…it challenged me as well as encouraged me!”.
This class is being presented by IslamAlive - a not-for-profit organization.
A donation would be sincerely welcomed.
To register, please contact Kim Turman to confirm your attendance at
[email protected] , message through Facebook, OR phone (204) 479-8505 and leave a message.

World Food Day Fundraising

JazakAllahu Khaire to everyone who donated generously on Oct. 12 for the World Food Grains Bank who is raising money for famine relief in the Sahel region of Africa. World Food Day is proclaimed by the UN to raise awareness and understanding on approaches to ending world hunger. May Allah (SW) help all those struggling with hunger.


Winnipeg Mosque Holds Fundraiser for Canadian Foodgrains Bank

When someone is hungry, that’s a challenge for those whose stomachs are full—a challenge that requires a response.

That was the call issued by Idris Elbakri, past president of the Manitoba Islamic Association, at an Oct. 12 fundraising service for Canadian Foodgrains Bank at Winnipeg’s Central Mosque.

Noting that millions of people around the world don’t have enough to eat, Elbakri added that some may wonder why so many are hungry today. But that question, he stated, should only be followed by another one: “What are we going to do about it?”

Elbakri cited the example of the prophet Mohammed, who provided help for people who were poor and hungry. He added that food security is important in Islam, noting that Muslims are required to share food with others and that “nobody should go to bed hungry.”

Following his presentation, members of the mosque donated $2,750 for the Foodgrains Bank’s Sahel Emergency Food Appeal.

For Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of the Foodgrains Bank, the fundraiser was special on a couple of levels.

“Not only was it good to be asked if the Mosque could raise money for our effort in the Sahel, it was also significant that many in the congregation are refugees and immigrants, and some have known hunger,” he says.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank has provided $10 million of food assistance for 288,000 people in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso.

Donations for the Sahel Emergency Food Appeal are welcome; go to to make a donation.

John Longhurst
Director, Resources & Public Engagement
Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Ecole Sofiya School

The École Sofiya School is moving to the basement of the Hazelwood Mosque (in St. Vital) beginning September 2012. The school is leasing the basement of the mosque for a year at a monthly rent of $1,000. The school operates during the day and weekdays only and will not interfere with any of the regular functions of the mosque. The school is independently managed; it has been running for the last 10 years in another rented facility. This agreement will generate revenues for MIA and provide venue for the school, attended by some members of our community.


The Al-Noor Weekend School will open its door on Saturday September the 15th. We are pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Sadeq Shudefat on our school team of instructors. Dr. Sadeq has a Phd in Islamic Education from Jordan and UK. He will assist in developing the school curriculum and teaching advanced classes. School details:

  • Duration:  September – June
  • Day:  Every Saturdays
  • Time:  10:00 A.M - 1:45 P.M
  • Location:  Churchill High School (the corner of Hay and Arnold St.)
  • Annual Fees:  $100/child
  • Registration contact:  [email protected] (or) [email protected]   
  • For more info:    Visit:

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