Muneeb Nasir says: ” One of the things about Hizmet is that they exemplify some of the excellent aspects of their faith tradition. One of the aspects that they exemplify and is quite impressive is the focus on selflessness, on altruism, on giving of oneself, selfless giving of oneself, and we find this in the volunteers of Hizmet. They selflessly give of themselves for the services they are engaged in. And this is quite important, actually, in today’s world where the world is focused on selfishness and on individualism.”
” … one of the most important aspects of the Hizmet Movement and Fethullah Gulen is that he’s able to reconcile his faith tradition with modernity. I think this is one of the greatest contributions that he’s made, is that he has shown that Muslims are comfortable with the modern world. He has shown that Islam is compatible with modernity. And he has shown that Muslims are not only compatible with modernity but they are active citizens on contributing to the good of their societies.”
“ Fethullah Gulen teaches that the common values of love, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness are the basis of engaging people of other religions.”
” The Hizmet Movement, I’ve seen going to some of the most dangerous regions of the world. Many agencies go into the more protected regions of the world but Hizmet Movement with their humanitarian aid has gone into some of the most dangerous areas of the world. And this is quite impressive because it exemplifies an important aspect of the teachings, I think, of the Hizmet Movement and Fethullah Gulen of empathy.”
Muneeb Nasir – Bio
Muneeb Nasir is the currently serving president of the Olive Tree Foundation, a Toronto-based endowment foundation and granting agency. A well-known Muslim Canadian leader, writer and public speaker, he focuses mainly on religious and societal matters. Muneeb Nasir is the managing editor of the online magazine website iqra.ca, which provides a Muslim perspective on current issues. Muneeb Nasir was educated at the University of Toronto, University of Guelph and University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Muneeb Nasir is also the founder of the Islamic Institute of Toronto and a founding board member of Masjid Toronto.
Muneeb Nasir is a coordinator of the Muslim Presence Network which is a platform for community and social activists who seek to promote universal values and active citizenship and Campaign Co-Chair of the Muslims for White Ribbon Campaign.
Muneeb Nasir is a frequent guest speaker at institutions where he promotes greater inter-community and interfaith understanding and active citizenship. Muneeb Nasir is a visiting Imam (Muslim chaplain) at various mosques/prayer facilities in the GTA and on University campuses where he delivers the sermon and conducts the Friday Prayer services.
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.