Calgary Film Premiere – Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

15 12 2009

Muslim Council of Calgary (MCC) Proudly Presents the Calgary premiere of

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims really Think!

When: January 3, 2010 @ 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14th Ave NW, Calgary)

Tickets: $15 advanced from Ticketmaster; $20 at the door


John Esposito: Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. Director of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal centre for Muslim-Christian understanding.

Hamid Slimi: Chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams, Imam of the Sayeda Khadija Centre, President of Faith of Life Network.

Jon Kay: Comment pages editor of the National Post. he is a columnist for the National Post op-ed page, contributor to Commentary magazine and the New York Post.

Sheema Khan: Past-president of CAIR-CAN, Columnist and Editor for the Toronto Globe and Mail. Author of “Of Hockey and Hijab”



Story from Iran: The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi

30 11 2009
It was the longest night of winter. At the bottom of the sea an old fish gathered together 12,000 of her children and grandchildren and began to tell them this story:
Once upon a time a little black fish lived with her mother in a small pool on the side of a mountain. Their home was below a black,moss-covered rock, under which they both slept at night. Little black fish longed to see the moonlight in her home but it never happened.
From early in the morning until the sun set, Little black fish swan around the pool with her mother. Sometimes they swam with other fish and played hide and seek in and out of small crevices. Little black fish was an only child; for of the 10,000 eggs which the mother had laid, only she had survived.
For several days the little fish had been deep in thought and had talked very little. She swam slowly behind her mother around the pond and did not play with the other fish. Her mother thought her child was sick and would soon be well. In fact, the black fish’s sickness was really something else!
Early one morning before the sun had risen, the little fish woke her mother and said: “Mother, I want to talk to you.”
Half-asleep, the mother responded: “Child, this isn’t the time to talk. Save your words for later. Go swimming ?”
“No, Mother! I can’t go swimming anymore. I must leave here.”
“Do you really have to leave ?”
“Yes, Mother, I must go.”
“Just a minute! Where do you want to go at this hour of the morning ?”
“I want to go see where the stream ends. You know, Mother, I’ve been wondering where the end of the stream is… I haven’t been able to think about anything else. I didn’t sleep a wink all night. At last, I decided to go and find where the stream ends. I want to know what’s happening in other places.”
The mother laughed – “When I was a child, I used to think a lot like that. But, my dear, a stream has no beginning and no end. That’s the way it is. The stream just flows and never goes anywhere.”
“But mother dear, isn’t it true that everything comes to an end ? Nights end, days end, weeks, months, years…”
“Forget this pretentious talk,” interrupted the mother – “Let’s go swimming. Now is the time to swim, not talk. “
“No, Mother, I’m tired of this swimming, I want to set out and see what’s happening elsewhere. Maybe you think someone taught me these ideas but believe me, I’ve had these thoughts for a long time. Of course, I’ve learned many things here and there. For instance, I know that when most fish get old, they complain about everything. I want to know if life is simply for circling around in a small place until you become old and nothing else, or is there another way to live in the world ?”

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Some call the Lord ‘ Ram, Ram’, and some ‘ Khuda’

19 11 2009

Some call the Lord ‘Ram, Ram’, and some ‘Khuda’.
Some serve Him as ‘Gusain’, others as ‘Allah’.

In any case, He is the Cause of causes, and Generous.
He showers His Grace and Mercy upon us.

Some pilgrims bathe at sacred shrines, others go on Hajj to Mecca.
Some do devotional worship, whilst others bow their heads in prayer.

Some read the Vedas, and some the Koran.
Some wear blue robes, and some wear white.

Some call themselves Turk, and some call themselves Indian.
Some yearn for paradise, and others long for heaven.

Says Nanak, one who realizes the true command of God’s Will,
knows the secrets of his Lord Master.

by Guru Nanak

via: Blessed Guru Nanak Jayanti …

What are we doing here? Who knows? How did we get here? I will tell you

28 08 2009

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Maira Kalman explains how everyone got to America.

Maira Kalman explains how everyone got to America.

The Domestic Crusaders: A Landmark Play About Muslim Americans

11 08 2009

The Domestic Crusaders focuses on a day in the life of a modern Muslim Pakistani-American family of six eclectic, unique members, who convene at the family house to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of the youngest child.

With a background of 9-11 and the scapegoating of Muslim Americans, the tensions and sparks fly among the three generations, culminating in an intense family battle as each “crusader” struggles to assert and impose their respective voices and opinions, while still attempting to maintain and understand that unifying thread that makes them part of the same family.


Related: Making American Muslim Theater

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Memories of Spain: Scenes from Al Andalus

17 06 2009

spainMemories of Spain is Dancepatheatre’s repertory concert that will sweep audiences through various eras of Spanish history and style through dance, word, music and song. This concert is Dancepatheatre’s Zilkha Hall debut, and features its hallmark of fusing modern dance with story, word, and voice.

Dancepatheatre’s ongoing Al Andalus Project moves forward in this program with Scenes from Al Andalus, a suite of solo and duet dances reflecting the various cultures, music and dance styles that peacefully co-existed in medieval Andalusia. Historical characters portrayed in dance include Fatima of Cordoba (a famous Muslim career woman and scholar), Hasdai Ibn Shaprut (leader of Cordoba’s Jewish community and foreign minister to the caliph), and Eleanor of Aquitaine (Queen of England), as well as a Greek Christian monk, a gypsy matron, and a Berber princess. Love duets, magic, and exotic intrigue are plentiful in this suite.

8:00pm performance. Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby Street, Houston Texas. Tickets: $11 Students and Seniors. $21 General Admission. $60 Front Row VIP with Cast Party Admission. Box Office:  or 713-315-2525. Information: call 713-522-6000, visit, or email

This Dancepatheatre project is supported in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.


One Nation, Many Voice (Short Films)

20 03 2009

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via In Muslim film contest, diversity wins