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Lt.-Gov. Attends IHS Interfaith Gathering
Ontario’s Lieutenant-Governor, Hon. David Onley, joined dozens of dignitaries, community leaders and members of Interfaith Grand River (IGR), to participate in the fourth annual Interfaith lunch sponsored by the Islamic Humanitarian Service. The gathering, held at the IHS Centre on Wednesday December 17, 2008, started with recitation of Holy Qur’an in Arabic by Br. Muhammad Samir Rana, with its translation in English by Br. Ali al-Mahdi, followed by the Canadian national anthem, led by Br. Peter Brown, and prayers from each faith community that was represented. Dr. Brice Balmer (Mennonite), Ms. Sandy Milne (Roman Catholic), Mr. Chattar Ahuja (Sikh), Assistant Bishop Mark Harris (Lutheran), Mr. Bob Chados (Jewish), Mr. Steve Higgins (Buddhist), and Ms. Kimberly Williams (Neo-Pagan).

Br. Muhammad Mukhtar Hudda chaired the event, which included the Mayors of Kitchener and Waterloo, Mr. Carl Zehr and Ms. Brenda Halloran respectively; Mr. Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo; Mr. Harold Albrecht, MP; Dr. David Carter, Dr. Ed Doadt, Dr. Khalid Khokar, and Mrs. Marty Deacon, rincipals of Huron Heights Secondary School, Waterloo Oxford Secondary School, Cambridge Islamic School, and Doon Public School, respectively; Dr. Niloufer aeed, President of the Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of KW; Sr. Fatma Rashid, Chairlady of the Jamaat; Br. Tahir Qureish and Mr. Doug Heggie, both from Sargent arms, an IHS certified Halal poultry farm in Milton, Ontario; Shaikh Saleem Bhimji delivered a talk on “Governance in Islam” using the famous letter given by Imam Ali to Malik Ashtar, his appointed Governor to Egypt, which contains valuable advice on how to rule over people with justice and equity.

In his talk, Hon. David Onley commended the work done by the IHS in the field of interfaith cooperation and understanding. He also spoke about the challenges aced by physically disabled individuals, in Ontario and elsewhere. Hon. Mr. Onley appreciated the amount of advancement that has been made in Canada and estern nations, but in much of the world these facilities do not exist. The program ended with a short supplication by Sr. Idrisa Pundit.


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The Islamic Humanitarian Service drop-in centre is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We offer a fully-stocked Islamic book store, Library and area for offering daily prayers - including the only centre in the KW Region which offers Salaatul Jumu'ah [Friday prayer service]. To book visits or if you require a speaker for your public school or event, please contact us. For off-time visitation to purchase books, browse through our library or other assistance, contact the Staff Secretary:

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