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Founder’s Corner: Harvard University and Justice in Quran

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the writer alone and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of SNMC.

By Dr. Emdad Khan

Allah swt, in Surah Nisa Verse 135, describes Islamic principles of Justice.

4:135

۞ يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُونُوا۟ قَوَّٰمِينَ بِٱلْقِسْطِ شُهَدَآءَ لِلَّهِ وَلَوْ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَوِ ٱلْوَٰلِدَيْنِ وَٱلْأَقْرَبِينَ ۚ إِن يَكُنْ غَنِيًّا أَوْ فَقِيرًۭا فَٱللَّهُ أَوْلَىٰ بِهِمَا ۖ فَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا۟ ٱلْهَوَىٰٓ أَن تَعْدِلُوا۟ ۚ وَإِن تَلْوُۥٓا۟ أَوْ تُعْرِضُوا۟ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرًۭا ١٣٥

O believers! Stand firm for justice as witnesses for Allah

 even if it is against yourselves, your parents, or close relatives. 

Be they rich or poor, Allah is best to ensure their interests. 

So do not let your desires cause you to deviate ˹from justice˺. 

If you distort the testimony or refuse to give it, then ˹know that˺ Allah is certainly All-Aware of what you do.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

Here, it is emphasized, that we should stand firm for justice, even it is against ourselves, or our parents, or close relatives, or they are rich or poor.

Allah swt is best to ensure their interests.

It is interesting to note, at the law faculty of Harvard University the above verse of the Quran with its translation is displayed for everyone to see.

Recently with Palestine and Israel war a dispute arose, and the university wanted the president to leave the position, first time a black professor became the president.

We were surprised, the university resolved the dispute in a dignified way.

The black president left in a peaceful way and they hired a new president and the old one resumed a faculty position with honor.

The university implemented in real life, Quranic principle of justice, the Quran Verse 4.135 of Surah AlNesaa.

We hope in Canada, in Muslim organizations, we can do it.

We as Muslims also need to be just, if it is against our selves or our parents or our friends or relatives or a rich person or a poor person.

We may recite or memorize but we need to implement the Quran in our own life, in our organization and our community.

Allah swt in surah Hujarat verse 10, also says.

49:10

إِنَّمَا ٱلْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِخْوَةٌۭ فَأَصْلِحُوا۟ بَيْنَ أَخَوَيْكُمْ ۚ وَٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ ١٠

The believers are but one brotherhood, so make peace between your brothers. And be mindful of Allah so you may be shown mercy.

So, any problems, we resolve together, in brotherly manner.

May Allah swt protect us from hypocrisy or ignorance or being making unjust dealings.

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SNMC Albushra Friday Boys Quran program 2022/2023

This program is for children and youth with a focus on reading and memorizing the Quran

  • Age: 7 (grade 2) and up
  • Day and time:  Fridays 6:30pm to 7:45pm. Aiming to start on September 16th, 2022
  • Location: In person at SNMC center located at 3020 Woodroffe Ave, (as long as COVID conditions permits)
  • Fees: $30 non-refundable per year.  We will send you how to make the payments once a spot is secured for your child.
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SNMC Alhuda School Registration 2022/2023

We are pleased to announce that the registration for JK, SK and Grades 1-12 for SNMC Alhuda School 2022/2023 in-person learning is now open.

There are three components of the program:

  1. Arabic Language program
  2. Arabic Language Credit Course
  3. Quran & Islamic Education

Please note that there is an Arabic program and Arabic credit courses in the morning and a Quran and Islamic studies classes in the afternoon, each has its own registration forms below.

Arabic Language program: 

This program is structured for students enrolled in an Ontario school from kindergarten to Grade 8 and who would like to learn Arabic.

  • Time and date: Saturdays 9:30am to 12pm
  • Location: Michaelle Jean Public School, 11 Claridge Dr., Nepean, K2J 5A3
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SNMC Muslim Singles Event on September 18

Assalam Alaykum,

The SNMC Muslim Singles Event is back!

Please join us on Sunday September 18th, 2022, at Chapman Mills Community Hall (424 Chapman Mills Drive).

Please register & pay at tinyurl.com/SNMCSingles 

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE.

Register soon!

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Job Opportunity at SNMC

Position: Quran Teacher for JK, SK, and grades 1-8 for SNMC Alhuda School (located in Michaelle Jean Public School, 11 Claridge Dr., Nepean, K2J 5A3)

 Qualifications:

  • Able to read the Quran with proper Tajweed.
  • Fluent in speaking, reading and writing English.
  • Capable of communicating with fellow teachers, parents and management team through emails.
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about teaching Quran.
  • Able to simplify ideas when communicating with students
  • Reliable and committed to the agreed upon work schedule, 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Saturdays.
  • Cooperative and open to constructive feedback.
  • Previous teaching experience is an asset.
  • Previous employer reference if applicable

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and complete lessons according to class schedule
  • Evaluate students’ class work
  • Provide students and parents with academic feedback on students’ development, including progress reports as required

To Apply:

  • Send your resume with a brief cover letter attached to Alhudaschool@snmc.ca. In the cover letter, include all your related teaching/tutoring experience if applicable.
  • Only candidates who meet our competency requirements will be contacted
  • Please apply by: 4 pm, August 26, 2022.

Job Type: Part-time, 2.5 hours per week, on Saturdays, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm plus 0.5 hours for class preparation.

Tentative Starting Date:  Sept 17, 2022

Salary: $22 per hour

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