Community Development Program (CDP) - Nov. 14th- with Dr. Katherine Bullock & Shk. Abdalla Idris

Understanding Islam Academy presents the monthly

Community Development Program (CDP)

A must-attend for anyone interested in volunteering for community projects and organizations!

Date: Sunday, November 14, 2010
Time: 11:00 am - 1:30 pm (Those of you who are not fasting, join us for breakfast at 10:30 am!)
399 The West Mall
Etobicoke, ON M9C 2Y2
(South-east corner of Burnhamthorpe and The West Mall)
10:30 am- Breakfast and Introduction

11:00 am- "Community Conversations" Session: How Do We Make Our Institutions Women Friendly?

Presenter: Discussion with Dr. Katherine Bullock (Professor at the University of Toronto, Author, and Director of the Tessellate Institute)

Discussion Points: Why is it essential for women to have a space and a voice in Islamic institutions? What are some barriers to female participation in our community organizations and Masjids? How can women engage effectively with Islamic institutions? What strategies can we use to become involved in diverse aspects of our community?

12:20 pm- "Inspiration for Change" Session:Spirit of Sacrifice: What It Takes to Build Communities

Presenter: Shk. Abdalla Idris (Deputy Secretary General of ISNA Canada; Former President of ISNA; Renowned Imam and Scholar)

Discussion Points: Why work and sacrifice for the community? What does Islam ask you to sacrifice for the well being of the society? How did the Prophet and Companions live the spirit of sacrifice, generousity and volunteerism? How can you re-live and revive the spirit of sacrifice for building a vibrant community today?
Registration: FREE! Donations are welcome.
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What is Community Development Program (CDP)?



CDP is a series of workshops to help volunteers, activists, and leaders in the Muslim community develop themselves spiritually and organizationally to be effective agents of social change.


Objectives of CDP are to:

  1. Enhance our organizational and soft skills necessary for our roles

  2. Help us network with each other and share best practices of volunteerism and leadership

  3. Develop a deeper understanding of our vision and objectives (as an organization and community at large)

  4. Create a dialogue and discuss tough questions and challenges facing our community and the human family; devise possible solutions with the help of professionals and qualified scholars in the community

  5. Instil a spirit of team work, excellence (Ihsan), and devotion for the pleasure of Allah, required for our work

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