Dr. Hamid Slimi
Dr. Hamid Slimi says: “The Hizmet Movement is special, and it distinguishes itself from other movements because it does what is needed the most today. It focuses on education. That’s why their schools are the best schools…”
“I have not seen a group that is so dedicated to invest in and working with interfaith and other groups, and interfaith dialog, and outreach, more than the Hizmet Movement.”
“…. we can see that the Hizmet Movement indeed does full service. Educating the mind, feeding the poor, at the same time outreaching and building bridges. Because through interfaith, we can establish peace, we can establish dialog, we can establish respect among people from different faiths.”
“What I have noticed specifically in the last five years, there is a growth, not only in terms of projects, but also in terms of volunteers and people who are joining this movement, not only from the Turkish community, from other communities, including Canadians. I also heard from non-Muslims that they are involved, for instance, with IDI; Interfaith Dialog Institute. It tells you that there is a growth, not only because this is what the Movement has decided, but the need and the vacuum, and the absence of a movement that focuses on outreach and education, and identifies itself as a universal movement.. in the absence of that, this movement will grow, and is growing, and is not focusing on political differences, or spreading rumors, or spreading hate, but rather, spreading love.”
Dr. Hamid Slimi – Sayeda Khadija Centre (Bio)
Dr. Hamid Slimi
Dr. Hamid Slimi is the Imam, Resident Scholar and Founder of Sayeda Khadija Centre. He has been serving as an Imam, Chaplain, Educator and Consultant in Canada for over 17 years in different religious and educational institutions. Dr. Hamid Slimi is also the Founder and President of Faith of Life Network, the Founder and Chairman of the Canadian Centre for Deen Studies, the former current Chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams (2006-2013) and a lecturer at the Islamic Institute of Toronto. Dr. Hamid Slimi has been a Consultant on National and International issues related to religion and spirituality, Islam and Islamic Law, religious and interfaith dialogue and Social issues. Dr. Hamid Slimi serves as a Board member of different Interfaith and Community bodies/groups. He has also been the TV Host & Producer of Faith of Life TV Shows and documentaries. In the last couple of years he has been heavily involved with the Muslim Friends of Osler, an organization which promotes the support of local Charitable work focusing specifically on raising funds for William Osler Hospitals and Medical Centres in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Hamid Slimi has also helped raised funds for many other local projects especially for hospitals (Mississauga Credit Valley Hospital – Brampton Civic Hospital…etc.,), shelters and food banks..
Dr. Hamid Slimi ‘s traditional and academic speciality is in Islamic studies and Law as well as Comparative World Religions. In addition to the traditional degrees known as Ijazah, he holds two Masters degrees with High Honors in both disciplines from Morocco and the US and a PhD in Islamic Law from the U.K. He received both his traditional and academic learning in Morocco and attended other renowned institutions and universities in other parts of the world.
His messages emphasize love and respect among Muslims and among the human family. He stresses that none of us humans is perfect but we should all strive for excellence and do the best we can because God looks at the efforts not the results. Together we can overcome insanity and fulfill the will of God Almighty by being the best humans we can. One of Dr. Hamid Slimi ‘s sayings is: “You cannot be a good Muslim until you become a good human being and you cannot become a good human being until you understand what humanity is all about…” Dr. Hamid Slimi defines a good human being as “one who shows respect and concern for others regardless of their various backgrounds. Someone who is seen by every human as a good person.” With his background in Comparative World Religions, the Imam continuously highlights that Islam shares with other faiths many principles of respect and dignity. The latter are the minimum that is required to establish good relations among people at different levels and contexts. Once we lose respect we lose every relationship but once we establish respect then we lay the foundation for good communication between the human brethren then gradually we build trust, which grows to a level where love becomes the theme of our relationships.
According to him, Islam as a faith is misunderstood for two reasons: the irresponsible actions of some Muslims and the general ignorance of its core teachings. The Qur’an and Hadith (sayings of Muhammad) teach that the prophets and messengers of God whom we know like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad and whom we do not know – came in different times and contexts with the same message and mission: (1) To bring people closer to their Creator and (2) To bring people closer to one another at all levels (family, society, nation, humanity…)
Intercultural Dialogue Institute
Intercultural Dialogue Institute is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advance social cohesion via(through) personal interaction by promoting respect and mutual understanding among people of all cultures and faiths through dialogue and partnership. Intercultural Dialogue Institute aims to promote enduring interfaith and intercultural cooperation, tolerance and dialogue by sharing our differences and similarities in an effort to enhance civil society, to promote the development of human values, and to advance diversity and multiculturalism in the society. The Institute aims to eliminate or reduce false stereotypes, prejudices and unjustified fears through direct human communication. By this mission IDI aims to contribute to improvement of diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism throughout Canada. In this regard, IDI organizes social, educational and cultural activities such as lectures, seminars, conferences, discussion forums, luncheons, informative dinners, programs for students and youth, intercultural exchange trips, courses, outreach programs.
It was founded by Turkish Canadians inspired by the teachings and example of Fethullah Gulen. The Institute is not a religious or ethnic organization. It aims to facilitate dialogue on a whole range of social issues, regardless of any particular faith or religion. It stands for democracy, human rights, the non-instrumentalisation of religion in politics, equality and freedom of speech.