Stronger Together – One Ummah Conference 2017

Saturday – March 18, 2017 (from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM)
Arts Common – Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary 

The “One Ummah” Conference (meaning ‘One Nation’) is a yearly event organized by the Islamic Information Society of Calgary (IISC) as a part of its ongoing education and awareness programs for both Muslims and non-Muslims. One Ummah is the largest Islamic event in Western Canada! The organizers and volunteers put in significant efforts into the planning, choosing the right theme of the conference and inviting some of the most popular and well-qualified scholars from across the world. The aim is to overcome misconceptions and face emerging challenges by teaching the true message of Islam.The One Ummah Conference promotes the theme of “Change Yourself – Change the World”, believing each one of us has the power to change the world by changing one person at a time starting with ourselves.We hope by promoting the Islamic tradition we can continue to bring harmony within our diverse community.


Ummah Conference 2017 - Stronger Together

Lectures from the previous One Ummah Conferences:

  1. One Ummah Conference 2016
  2. One Ummah Conference 2014
  3. One Ummah Conference 2012
  4. One Ummah Conference 2011
  5. One Ummah Conference 2010

  6. One Ummah Conference 2009




 The Prophetic Model of Dealing With Differences
How do we address some of the differences that we have within our communities? What are some guidelines for dealing with these differences and how did Rasoolullah SAW address them? The speaker will discuss healthy solutions towards rehabilitating a community to be cohesive, organized and strong.
 Stronger Together: Building a Better Tomorrow?
What if we woke up tomorrow and all of the Muslims were gone from Canada? Would the wider Canadian community miss us? How do we become the benchmark of excellence that serves as a beacon of light for our neighbors? The speaker will outline a strategy on strengthening the community to become an integral part of society that others respect, admire and want to replicate.
 Getting Psyched
Allah SWT says in the Qur’an: “You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah…” How do we, as Muslims, maintain our morals and ethics in a society that is deteriorating at a rapid pace. How do we live up to the standard that Allah SWT has placed upon us of being the “best nation” sent to mankind? The speaker will discuss the immorality we face in our daily lives, its long term effects and how to navigate back to the Prophetic model.
 From Obstacles to Opportunities
The challenges our youth face today are of a completely different nature than what the previous generations faced. Who do the youth turn to for help with their concerns? How do we as a community raise the next generation to be the likes of Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali (RAA)? The speaker will outline the issues afflicting our youth, discuss solutions on how to strengthen the Muslim identity in the West, and raise the of leaders of tomorrow.
 Building Bridges
Are you tired of the division within our community? How do we get back to being united? The Ummah will only be stronger when we work together towards mutual goals. The speaker will discuss how different Muslim organizations within the community can work together to achieve harmony. He will also address how working outside of the Muslim community can help strengthen diversity and build stronger a cultural mosaic.
 Strengthening Your Marriage
Allah SWT says in the Qur’an regarding spouses: “. You are a garment for them and they are a garment for you.” The foundation of a strong marriage is rooted firmly in love and mercy among the spouses. The speaker will outline tips for a happy and loving marriage, reviving the love in a marriage, and setting the foundation for raising righteous children.
 Humans without Borders
Allah SWT reaffirms in the Qur’an that the Prophet Muhammad SAW was sent as a mercy to all of mankind. How do we step out of our comfort zones and benefit the world at large? What have we done to leave our mark on the fabric of society? The speaker will discuss positive tips on how we can revive the Sunnah of Rasoolullah SAW to benefit everyone around us.
 We Belong
The Prophet Muhammad SAW informed us of a time where holding on to our deen will be like holding on to hot coals. Some of us can attest to this prophecy holding true in our current times where Islamophobia is on the rise and Islam is constantly under attack. How do we change our condition? The speaker will outline steps we can take to lobby the government to raise awareness on issues affecting Muslims. She will also provide a framework on how we can counter the prevalent Islamophobia in our society.
 Clash of Cultures
Allah SWT says in the Qur’an: “And of His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth and the diversity of your languages and your colors. Indeed in that are signs for those of knowledge.”
It is from the strength of the Ummah that we are made of so many diverse races, cultures and backgrounds. How do we leverage these differences into strengthening our communities? The speaker will provide a blueprint on how to turn our differences into our strengths and how to migrate away from the cultural biases of previous generations.
 Young Visionaries
What do the youth need from the community to succeed and become the leaders of tomorrow? The speaker will discuss from his perspective what the vision of the youth is, and what we can do to help them achieve their goals.
 Much more!




Amira Elghawaby obtained an honours degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University in 2001. Since then, she has worked as both a full-time and freelance journalist, writing and producing stories for a variety of media including CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail.In 2012, she joined NCCM as Human Rights Coordinator to advocate for the human rights & civil liberties of diverse communities. In 2015, Amira became NCCM’s Communications Director in which she leads the NCCM’s media relations, public engagement and strategic communications.
Br. Mahdi Qasqas is a duly Registered Psychologist and Certified Counsellor. He has over 16 years and over 10000 hours of experience working with youth and families of all ages and stages. He has provided consultation and training for hundreds of private, non-profit, and public organization executives; locally and internationally. Organizations have ranged from start-up groups to multi-million dollar entities.
Sh. Alaa received his Bachelors in Shariah from the American International University and studied comparative religion for 5 yrs. through the IPCI in South Africa.
He is a member of the Canadian Council of Imams as well as a member of Horizon Interfaith Communication Media Council. Prior to this, he was an Imam for the Muslim Council of Calgary and acted as its media spokesperson.
Sh. Alaa is the Director of Religious Affairs for the Islamic Centre of Canada-ISNA and is an instructor with AlKauthar Institute and Director of Public Relations for Mercy Mission World.
Jeremy McLellan is a standup comedian based in Charleston, SC where he won the 2015 and 2016 Charleston Standup Comedy Competition and was named Best Local Comic in the Charleston City Paper. In addition to telling jokes all over the country he has also performed with TJ Miller, Todd Barry, Tig Notaro, Mark Normand and others. Never one to shy away from controversy, his material covers a wide range of hot-button topics like politics, gender, race, disability, religion, and Santa Claus.
Sh. Waleed graduated with a Bachelor’s in Islamic Sciences from Al-Imam Muhammad University, KSA; did his Masters in Islamic Theology, World Religions and Modern Religious Sects from Al-Imam Muhammad University; and acquired a Doctorate in Theology.
He is a member of the North American Imam Federation (NAIF), Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA)-Fatwa and Research Committee, Director of Texas Dawah Convention, and Advisor to numerous Islamic Societies/Organizations around the US.
He is the Vice President of AlMaghrib Institute and the Head of the Aqeedah and Adab Department for Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America.
  Navaid Aziz is a Canadian Muslim public figure with a diverse academic and social background. He is currently focused on the education and integration of Muslim youth, with the hopes of eradicating radicalization. He was raised in Montreal, Quebec where he completed a diplome d’etudes collegiales (D.E.C.) in commerce and Social Sciences from Champlain College before heading to the Islamic University of Madinah where he completed an Associates Degree in Arabic Language and Literature and Bachelors in Islamic Law.

Upon returning home to Canada, Navaid began teaching for Al-Maghrib Institute. He has since transitioned to their Director of Public Relations. During this period, he volunteered as the Islamic Editor for Little Explorers Magazine and began his work as a youth and family counsellor. It was also during this time that he established himself as a sought after public speaker. He has lectured across four continents and eighteen countries thus far.

In 2012 Navaid moved to Calgary, Alberta to become the Director of Religious and Social Services for the Islamic Information Society of Calgary, a position he currently holds. He also began volunteered as a chaplain at S.A.I.T. from 2012 to 2015. In Calgary his youth counselling work extended further to include helping in the mitigation of criminal radicalization. This included the implementation of civic engagement opportunities for Muslim youth. Among the programs started were youth groups, volunteer programs at the local shelters, community cleanups, and tree planting days. In 2015 Navaid became the first ever Muslim chaplain with the Calgary Police Services. Through his involvement with CPS he consulted in the development of their world renowned redirect program. He is currently working on establishing further opportunities for preventing radicalization and enhancing youth integration.

Navaid’s free time is spent exploring local eateries, traveling, and hiking the Canadian Rockies. He is also known to enjoy playing basketball and hosting game nights—with Monopoly and Cranium being his favorites.

To read more about Navaid’s counter-radicalization efforts as well as community programs in Calgary please see the following news coverage: Calgary Herald. VICE. CBC. Global. Calgary Herald. IISC.