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The National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee of Canada

Presentation

It is of prime importance that faith communities come together with one another in an honest and open dialogue. It is also indispensable for our faith communities to enter into dialogue with secular groups, associations and governments working for a better world. Religious and spiritual communities, united in mutual respect and partnership, must engage the burning issues that face today's world. Dialogue and engagement are the hallmarks of the 21st century which is now beginning.

WORDS OF WISDOM

Holy Coran :
«In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Those who listen to the Word, and follow the best in it :

those are the ones whom Allah has guided,

and those are the ones endued with understanding».

Surah 39, 18

Holy Bible :
"Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy."

Matthew, 5,5-7

Purpose

The National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee is a forum for the exchange of faith-related concerns between Muslims and Christians. We do this through official representatives of both faiths. Our committee meets five times a year to discuss themes of common interest. Areas of sensitivity or conflict are explored in a mutually respectful dialogue.

The committee cannot speak in the name of the organizations; however, we urge these representatives to return to their respective bodies with a recommended agreement or policy. We ask each to act upon the suggestion of the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee in a timely fashion. Such action may be taken by a single organization or in concert with others.

Who we are

Al – Shura www.islam1.org/iar
Anglican Church of Canada www.anglican.ca
Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada www.progressivemuslims.ca
Canadian Centre for Ecumenism www.oikoumene.ca
Canadian Churches' Forum for Global Ministries www.ccforum.ca
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops www.cccb.ca
Canadian Council of Churches www.ccc-cce.ca
Canadian Council of Muslim Women www.communitylinks.cioc.ca
Canadian Interfaith Dialogue Centre www.canadianinterfaith.org
Canadian Islamic Congress www.canadianislamiccongress.com
Council of Muslim Communities of Canada www.cassa.on.ca
Islamic Circle of North America www.icna.org
Islamic Foundation www.islamicfoundation.ca
Islamic Society, York Region www.york.cioc.ca
Muslim Canadian Congress www.muslimcanadiancongress.org
Presbyterian Church in Canada www.presbyterian.ca
Quebec Interreligion Secretariat www.interreligion.com
Toronto Area Regional Islamic Congregations www.wipl.org
United Church of Canada www.united-church.ca

 

What We Have Achieved : We have undertaken projects such as

  • "Families Meeting Families", in which Muslim and Canadian families were paired and requested to get to know each other and their faiths through social interaction.
  • Urging members to issue appeals against the Canadian government's involvement in the Iraq war.
  • Advocating for the poor and homeless in Canada.
  • Working with the United Church of Canada on the preparation of their document on Muslim Christian understanding, "That We May Know Each Other".
  • sponsering annual /bi annual dinners  to recognize persons who have contributed to Muslim-Christian dialogue.

Membership

Membership is open to national and regional organizations as well as individuals in agreement with the purposes and objectives of the Committee. In this way we ensure both grass roots involvement and institutional accountability.

How to Contact Us

Hanny Hassan, Council of the Muslim Community of Canada
hannyhassan@sympatico.ca Phone 519-434-1872[

Josephine Lombardi, Assistant Professor at St. Augustine's Seminary, Scarborough, Ontario
josephine.lombardi@utoronto.ca Phone 416-261-7207


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Comité National de liaison

du Dialogue Chrétiens-Musulmans

Présentation

Il est impératif pour les communautés de foi de s'unir dans un dialogue sincère et ouvert. C'est aussi pour elles une nécessité d'entrer en dialogue avec les associations séculières et les gouvernements qui oeuvrent pour un monde meilleur. Les communautés religieuses et spirituelles ont le devoir de se liguer dans un partenariat marqué de respect réciproque pour s'attaquer aux lancinants problèmes confrontant le monde d'aujourd'hui. Le dialogue et l'engagement social sont la marque caractéristique de ce début du XXIe.

PAROLES DE SAGESSE

 


Saint Coran
: «Au nom d'Allah, le Tout Miséricordieux, le Très Miséricordieux. Qui prêtent l'oreille à la Parole, et suivent ce qu'elle contient de meilleur. Ce sont ceux-là qu'Allah a guidés et ce sont eux les doués d'intelligence!»
Sourate 39, 18
Sainte Bible : «Heureux ceux qui pleurent: ils seront consolés.Heureux ceux qui ont faim et soif de la justice: ils seront rassasiés.Heureux les miséricordieux: il leur sera fait miséricorde.» Matthieu, 5,5-7

B U T S

Le Comité de liaison du Dialogue Chrétiens-Musulmans du Canada est un forum d'échanges entre Musulmans et Chrétiens pour traiter des problèmes mutuels qui touchent leur foi. Nous le faisons par le truchement de représentants officiels des deux religions. Le Comité tient 5 rencontres annuelles pour discuter de thèmes d'intérêt commun. Dans un dialogue marqué de respect mutuel, nous explorons les champs qui présentent des difficultés ou qui engendrent des conflits. Le Comité n'est pas habilité pour parler au nom des organisations représentées; cependant il charge les représentants de ces organisations de transmettre à leurs organismes respectifs des suggestions de terrains d'entente ou des politique à adopter. Nous espérons que chacun(e) pourra prendre position sur le problème d'après les suggestions du Comité. Une organisation peut adopter ces prises de position unilatéralement, ou bien de concert avec d'autres associations.

MEMBRES DU COMITÉ

Al – Shura www.islam1.org/iar
Association des Musulmans Progressifs du Canada ww.progressivemuslims.ca
Centre Canadien de Dialogue Interreligieux www.canadianinterfaith.org
Centre Canadien d'Oecuménisme www.oikoumene.ca
Cercle Islamique d 'Amérique du Nord www.icna.org
Conférence Canadienne des Évêques Catholiques www.cccb.ca
Congrès Islamique Canadien www.canadianislamiccongress.com
Congrès Musulman Canadien www.muslimcanadiancongress.org
Conseil Canadien des Églises www.ccc-cce.ca
Conseil Canadien des Femmes Musulmanes www.communitylinks.cioc.ca
Conseil des Communautés Musulmanes du Canada www.cassa.on.ca
Communautés Islamiques de la Région de Toronto www.wipl.org
Église Anglicane du Canada www.anglican.ca
Église Presbytérienne du Canada www.presbyterian.ca
Église Unie du Canada www.united-church.ca
Fondation Islamique www.islamicfoundation.ca
Forum Ministères Mondiaux, Églises Canadiennes www.ccforum.ca
Secrétariat Interreligion du Québec www.interreligion.com
Société Islamique de la Région York www.york.cioc.ca

Projets réalisés

-- "Famille rencontre famille" : projet consistant à jumeler une famille musulmane à une autre famille Canadienne dans le but de chercher à se mieux connaître et à comprendre leur foi respective à travers une interaction sociale.

-- Encourager les membres à écrire des lettres de protestation contre l'implication du Canada dans la guerre d'Irak.

-- Intervenir en faveur des pauvres et des sans-abris au Canada.

--Collaborer avec l'Église Unie à la préparation du document "Pour mieux nous connaître mutuellement" sur la compréhension mutuelle entre Musulmans et Chrétiens.

RECRUTEMENT des MEMBRES

Les organizations ou associations nationales et régionales de même que les individus qui adhèrent aux buts et objectifs du Comité. Ceci permet de s'assurer à la fois une représentation proche de la base et un contrôle institutionnel.


CONTACTEZ-NOUS

Hanny Hassan, Council of the Muslim Community of Canada
hannyhassan@sympatico.ca Tél : 519-434-1872[
[and :]
Josephine Lombardi, Assistant Professor at St. Augustine's Seminary, Scarborough, Ontario
josephine.lombardi@utoronto.ca Té l: 416-261-7207


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Minutes of the National Muslim Christian Liaison Committee, May 25, 2011
Catholic Pastoral Centre, Toronto, 7:00 p.m.


Present: Hanny Hasan, Barbara Saddiqui, Ahmed Hafez, Jim Payton, M. Kemal Hydal, Salima Ebrahim, Joseph J.P. Horrigan, S.J., Bader Abu-Zahra, Father Bernard Tremblay, John Hill, Karen Teasdale, Josephine Lombardi
Regrets: Gail Allan, Father Damian MacPherson, Rev. Canon Mukasa, Liyakat Takim, Ibrahim Hayani, Tim Hegedus

  1. Opening Prayer: Hanny Hasan
  2. Introductions: Hanny Hasan is the interim Muslim co-chair and Josephine Lombardi is the Christian co-chair. Two new members joined us: Ahmed Hafez representing the North York Islamic Centre and Maulaana Mustapha Kemel Hydal representing the Ontario Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ish’at Islam (Lahore). Dr. Liyakat Takim would like to participate, but was unable to attend the meeting. Dr. Takim is an imam and a professor in Religious Studies at McMaster University.
  3. Approval of the Agenda
  4. The telephone meeting of May 13, 2011 ended with a recommendation to consider reconstitution and vision. Dr. Lombardi recommended using four levels of dialogue to structure the work of the committee. The Four levels of dialogue are: Dialogue of Life, Dialogue of Theological Exchange, Dialogue of Action, and Dialogue of Religious Experience. The first hour of the meeting centered around the discussion of these four levels of dialogue and the possibility for committee work so that individual members could focus on a particular issue and meet/discuss their area separately. The goal would be to come back and report to the large group. The possibility of fewer, but longer meetings was discussed as well.
    The possibility of bringing in a facilitator was raised. Father Tremblay suggested that the group could get some of this work done during the meeting. The suggestion of a facilitator was raised during the phone meeting of May 13. The group agreed that the last hour of the May 25 meeting could be used to address the four areas of dialogue and committee work and the suggestion to bring in a facilitator was dropped. Below the four areas are listed with names of committee members and possible areas to be addressed in committee meetings. If you did not attend this meeting and would like to join one of these committees, please forward your name to Josephine Lombardi.

Dialogue of Life Committee members: Salima Ebrahim, J.P. Horrigan, Maulaana Hydal (Emails: salimaebrahim@gmail.com, jphjph@web.ca, kemal.hydal@gmail.com

Potential goals of this group: Gathering of resources for prayer in common for interfaith groups, sharing of resources for interfaith marriage between Muslims and Christians. The Centre for Ecumenism has a booklet on this topic. Website updating and outreach using media. Father Tremblay has information to be posted to the website. The hope is to bring the fruits of dialogue into the community and to the front lines of everyday experience. This group will present at the second meeting of 2011-2012.

Dialogue of Theological Exchange committee members: Father Bernard Tremblay, John Hill, Karen Teasdale, Josephine Lombardi, Hanny Hasan, Jim Payton, Dr. Takim? (Emails: Bernard@beube.com, john.w.b.hill@sympatico.ca, khteasdale@hotmail.com, josephine.lombardi@utoronto.ca, hannyhasan@sympatico.ca, jpayton@redeemer.ca

Potential goals: Hanny suggested mini-theological exchanges on scripture/doctrine for each meeting. This group will select a number of topics to be presented at future meetings with one Muslim and one Christian participant presenting, followed by group discussion no longer than 10-15 minutes. The other goal consists of planning a more formal event with a panel presentation by theologians that is open to the public. This group will report back at the next meeting.

Dialogue of Action committee members: J.P. Horrigan, Barbara Saddiqui, Maulaana Mustapha (Emails: kemal.hydal@gmail.com, b60siddiqui@hotmail.com, jphjph@web.ca

Potential goals of this group: Planning the annual dinner: date, site, costs, speakers, youth involvement, etc. This group will report back at the next meeting.

Dialogue of Religious Experience committee members: Salima Ebrahim, Barbara Saddiqui, Karen Teasdale, Bader Abu-Zahra (Emails: salimaebrahim@gmail.com, khteasdale@hotmail.com, b60saddiqui@hotmail.com, babuzahra@aol.com)

Potential goals for this group: Set up two opportunities: one Muslim event and one Christian event where participants can visit the other in a different context: breaking of fast, worship, prayer, or some other type of gathering- extend an invitation to one event per side per year. Barbara has suggested an event some time between August 14-20 during Ramadan.

If your name is missing, please email Josephine and it will be added.
Everyone agreed to a trial run of the above plan for the next year.

  1. Other recommendations:
  • It was recommended that a representative from the Council of Imams be invited to attend the next meeting.
  • It was recommended that the archived material of previous years of NMCLC meetings be gathered together and organized.
  • A history of the NMCLC be compiled.
  • The website be revisited
  1. Next Meeting: Scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Please bring a bag lunch. Location is to be determined. Gail will be asked regarding a place she suggested for Saturday meetings. The following groups will present at this meeting:
  • The Dialogue of Action group will present their ideas on the annual dinner: location, time, set-up regarding speakers and use of students (10 minutes) One person can report back.
  • The Dialogue of Theological Exchange group will present a plan for mini-theological dialogue topics for three more meetings. One topic will be presented at the September 24 meeting with two presenters. The committee will discuss this over the summer. The committee will provide an update on ideas around a more formal panel discussion open to the public. (10 -15 minutes)
  • The Dialogue of Religious Experience group will give an update on the August visit to a Muslim community during Ramadan. The choice of a Christian event can be introduced as well (10 minutes)
  • Please plan to contact one another at least one month before the next meeting to organize your presentation.

The Dialogue of Life group will present at the next meeting.
The website will be an agenda item as well.

  1. Closing Prayer: Karen Teasdale
  2. Adjournment: 9:00 p.m.
  3. A card with our condolences has been sent to Father Damian MacPherson.

 

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