5th An­nual Baabul Ilm Schol­ar­ship Awards

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Baabul Ilm Ed­u­ca­tion So­ci­ety, a reg­is­tered non-profit CHAR­ITY, or­ga­nized its 5th an­nual Baabul Ilm schol­ar­ship awards cer­e­mony at the con­fer­ence cen­tre of Kwantlen Poly­tech­nic Univer­sity. The cer­e­mony was very well at­tended by more than 125 peo­ple from all walks of life. Dr. Ma­jid Hus­sain of UBC was the key­note speaker while Jinny Sims, Min­is­ter for Cit­i­zen Ser­vices was the chief guest. Also present in the cer­e­mony were mem­bers of par­lia­ment (John Aldag, Ken Hardie, Sukh Dhali­wal), Coun­sel Gen­eral of Pak­istan, peo­ple from Academia, stu­dents and their fam­i­lies, peo­ple from busi­ness com­mu­nity, doc­tors, lawyers, and other pro­fes­sion­als. Dur­ing the past four years the So­ci­ety has given away more than C$40,000 worth of schol­ar­ships and awards to the youth of our com­mu­nity. This year again So­ci­ety gave away an­other C$13000 worth of schol­ar­ships and awards. Dr. Ma­jid Hus­sain, the key­note speaker was the

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Voice Van­cou­ver will be hold­ing a panel event on the topic of re­claim­ing the nar­ra­tive through ex­plor­ing is­sues of rep­re­sen­ta­tion, iden­tity, and the Cana­dian Mus­lim youth ex­pe­ri­ence. It will be held on Sat. Sept 30 from 2-5 p.m at the Burn­aby Neigh­bour­hood House (5024 Rumble St., Burn­aby B.C). Early bird tick­ets are $10 and $15 after Sept 15. We are tired of be­ing told what a Mus­lim is by the news and the in­ter­net. We are ready to broad­cast our own voices and share our own sto­ries. In this panel dis­cus­sion, hear from young Mus­lim com­mu­nity lead­ers who, in var­i­ous in­ter­est­ing and cre­ative ways, are shar­ing with the world what the real Mus­lim ex­pe­ri­ence is, and are cre­at­ing di­a­logue on im­por­tant is­sues we face. We want to dive deep into what it means to be a young Mus­lim in Canada, and how we can bridge the gap be­tween the im­age and re­al­ity of the Mus­lim ex­pe­ri­ence. Our goals are to ad­dress the ques­tion of what it means to be a young Mus­lim in Canada, to fa­cil­i­tate a dis­cus­sion around is­sues that young Mus­lims face today, and to em­power star of the cer­e­mony. He made an ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion full of mo­ti­va­tion and en­cour­age­ment for the youth of the com­mu­nity. His talk fo­cused on vi­sion, ded­i­ca­tion, re­silience, and hope. He shared his story of life which was full of chal­lenges, how he over­came all the odds and man­aged to get to where he is today. The au­di­ence was pleas­antly sur­prised to know that Dr. Ma­jid was Canada’s ta­ble ten­nis cham­pion and has rep­re­sented Canada in many coun­tries. Wayne Tebb, dean School of Busi­ness, KPU talked about his own ex­pe­ri­ence and shared with the youth of the com­mu­nity and their par­ents what it takes to en­ter a good post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tion. He also em­pha­sized on the im­por­tance of ac­quir­ing good qual­ity knowl­edge and ed­u­ca­tion. He quoted one of the say­ings of Imam Ali (AS) “Knowl­edge is bet­ter than wealth. Knowl­edge guards you while you have to guard wealth. Wealth de­creases by spend­ing while knowl­edge an au­di­ence of high school and univer­sity stu­dents to be­come young Mus­lim lead­ers and re­claim their nar­ra­tive. This event is go­ing to be fun, in­for­ma­tive, and in­tel­lec­tu­ally in­vig­o­rat­ing, and it will force you to chal­lenge your as­sump­tions and to em­brace new ideas. You will also get a chance to meet new peo­ple dur­ing our in­ter­ac­tive au­di­ence en­gage­ment work­shop, as well as dur­ing the re­fresh­ments and networking ses­sion to­wards the end. We will also have lots of prizes and give­aways Our speak­ers for the event are Nidha Yaqub, or­ga­nizer of the Breath­ing Room and vol­un­teer at the Mus­lim Food Bank; Nora Fadel, ac­tivist and or­ga­nizer of the anti-Islamophobia rally after Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion; Hamza Ah­mad, founder of How to Be a Bully, the Jour­nal for Mus­lims, and mo­ti­va­tional speaker; and Abu Bakar Khan, a YouTu­ber, and also known as The Cho­sen Khan. Find our Face­book event page here: https://goo.gl/E74rRD Pur­chase tick­ets here: https://goo.gl/cVozKP (Eventbrite page) For more in­for­ma­tion, or if you’d like to get in­volved in MY Voice, email us at myvoice­van­cou­ver gmail.com in­creases by spend­ing.” Jinny Sims in her talk ad­vised the par­ents that ed­u­ca­tion is about the kids and not about their par­ents. She em­pha­sized on the fact that if a child want to be­come a mu­si­cian than par­ents should not force him to be­come a doc­tor. She said that kids should have a free hand in ex­ploit­ing their true po­ten­tial and ex­cel in what they want to be­come. She also shared her story with the youth. Jinny said that none of you can come to her and say that he or she is fac­ing greater chal­lenges than she did. She said that de­spite dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances she man­aged to suc­ceed in her life. She also high­lighted few im­por­tant points of her gov­ern­ment’s ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy. John Aldag, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Cloverdale-Lan­g­ley city in his speech out­linefed­eral gov­ern­ment’s ap­proach to­wards higher ed­u­ca­tion. Cit­ing few ex­am­ples from his per­sonal life he told the au­di­ence that he left ed­u­ca­tion after com­plet­ing high school but went back to school after 25 years and com­pleted high higher ed­u­ca­tion. He said that age should not be a hur­dle if you want to ac­quire knowl­edge and get ed­u­cated. Dr. Mo­ham­mad Tariq, Coun­sel Gen­eral of Pak­istan, Ken Hardie, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from Fleet­wood-Port Kel­lis, also spoke on the oc­ca­sion. Earlier, Dr. Mo­ham­mad Ak­bar in his open­ing re­marks men­tion that the cri­te­ria to award the schol­ar­ships are very trans­par­ent. The schol­ar­ship Com­mit­tee com­prises of five highly re­spected, re­puted, and ed­u­cated mem­bers of the com­mu­nity. He said “in fact, we want this hum­ble ef­fort to help build har­mony within the com­mu­nity by rec­og­niz­ing and cel­e­brat­ing the achieve­ments of all our youth. The So­ci­ety’s record over the past 5 years is a tes­ta­ment of its truly in­dis­crim­i­nate ap­proach in award­ing schol­ar­ships.” He pointed out that the his­tory of the fol­low­ers of Prophet Mo­ham­mad (PBUH) and his fam­ily is full of such peo­ple who left their mark on this world through their hard work and seek­ing and spread­ing knowl­edge. In do­ing so not only did they bring glory to them­selves, but also to the com­mu­ni­ties, so­ci­eties, and the world in which we live in today. He fur­ther said that in our times, it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity not just to pre­serve the her­itage and the tra­di­tional thirst for knowl­edge but also try and make our own con­tri­bu­tions and ef­forts in gain­ing knowl­edge in ev­ery branch of learn­ing ac­ces­si­ble to us. Dr. Ak­bar said that at Baabul Ilm Ed­u­ca­tion So­ci­ety, we seek the ad­vance­ment of our com­mu­nity by sup­port­ing th­ese aca­demic pur­suits and chan­nel­ing the re­sources in this di­rec­tion. He fin­ished his talk by quot­ing a very in­ter­est­ing say­ings of Imam Ali (AS). Imam Ali says: “You Do Good Things and Peo­ple Think That You Are a Bad Per­son Is Bet­ter Than You Do Bad Things And Peo­ple Think That You Are A Good Per­son”. After the pre­sen­ta­tions by the learned Speak­ers, schol­ar­ship awards and cash prizes of worth C$13000 were dis­trib­uted among the youth of the com­mu­nity. The award and cash prize win­ners be­longed to all sects of Mus­lim faith. This schol­ar­ship pro­gram is not di­rected to any par­tic­u­lar sect or be­lief. It is open for all Mus­lims. All Mus­lim stu­dents are en­cour­aged to ap­ply for this schol­ar­ship in the fu­ture. For de­tails please visit: baab­ulilm.org. Mr. Zaheer Manki, chair­man of the schol­ar­ship se­lec­tion com­mit­tee pre­sented gifts as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the hon­ourable guest speak­ers. In the end Dr. Za­reen Naqvi in her note of thank thanked the learned speak­ers, the donors, and the vol­un­teers who worked tire­lessly to make this cer­e­mony a suc­cess. Dr. Naqvi es­pe­cially praised the per­for­mance and hard work done by Zoha Ab­bas, Me­hak Mer­chant, Shaina Dhalla, and Khadija Ak­bar who con­ducted the whole cer­e­mony in most im­pres­sive. The pro­gram ended with some re­fresh­ments and snacks.

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