Convention Program

Improved & Engaging Format

Continuing the RIS Reimagined format, we are attempting to deliver a transformational experience for our audience and speakers alike.  Our program style has been reformatted to address three core elements: heart, mind, and soul. Each day has been divided into three segments that address these elements, each with its unique presentation style and a key area of impact.   

Heart – The morning segments of the convention present the RIS Purification of the Heart Series. This series focuses on topics related to the heart that allow for self-purification and improving our personal relationship with the Divine. The sessions will be taught in a traditional dars style format with the instructor seated on stage, facilitating an intimate engagement between both the audience and teacher.   Each session will also have ample time for teachers to present the material in an organized and detailed manner.

Mind – Our early afternoon segment will include a Between the Lines Panel discussions on key contemporary issues.  The moderated panels will engage multiple speakers, each an expert in their respective field, in discussions that will offer fresh perspectives, challenging us to think deeper and broader. The topics of discussion have been carefully selected to cover our most salient concerns such as the Western Muslim identity, civic engagement, and more.

Soul – The evening sessions or RIS Talks deliver power talks designed to be succinct yet inspirational. Modeled off the popular TED Talk format, RIS Talks showcase our dynamic speakers addressing universally relevant topics that will, God-willing, uplift the audience and provide an impactful closing for the day. 

We welcome you on our new program journey in this new chapter and pray it inspires us all to cling to the path of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), the path of excellence.

Friday

20th Dec. 2019

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Jumma Prayer

1:30PM – 2:30PM
Heart Series 1

The Quran and the Prophet:
Lessons of Love

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy
Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy

2:30PM – 3:15PM
RIS Talk 1

A Return to Virtue:
Educating Our Children
in Modern Times

Sister Aisha Gray Henry
Imam Ibrahim Abu Gemali

3:15PM – 3:45PM
RIS Talk 2

Respond With Beauty:
Making Friends of Foes

Ustadh Yahya Rhodus
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

3:45PM – 5:30PM

‘Asr Prayer / Maghrib Prayer / Dinner Break

5:30PM – 6:00PM
RIS Talk 3

Blurring the Lines:
The War on Fitrah

Ustadha Nuriddeen Knight
Ustadha Nuriddeen Knight

Interlude
Jae Deen

6:00PM – 6:30PM
RIS Talk 4

Looking for Utopia:
Between Ideals and Reality

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans
Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans

6:30PM – 7:00PM
RIS Talk 5

Winners and Losers:
The Qur’anic End Game

Imam Yasir Fahmy 
Shaykh Yasir Fahmy

7:00PM – 7:30PM
RIS Talk 6

Light Upon Light:
The Unity of Reason and Revelation

Dr. Bruno Guiderdoni
Dr. Bruno Guiderdoni

Interlude
Isam Bachiri (Outlandish)
Isam Bachiri

7:30PM – 8:00PM
RIS Talk 7

Final Solution?:
Why Kashmir Matters
Dr. Dalia Fahmy

Dr. Dalia Fahmy

8:00PM – 8:30PM
RIS Talk 8

When the World Turns Away
Imam Khalid Latif

Imam Khalid Latif

8:30PM – 9:00PM
RIS Talk 9

The Pathology of Ideology:
Reviving the Prophetic Concept of Peace
Joram Van Klaveren

Joram van Klaveren

9:00PM – 9:30PM
RIS Talk 10

Transform the Home, Transform the World
Imam Siraj Wahhaj 

Imam Siraj Wahhaj

9:30PM – 10:45PM
Mind Series 1

Breach of Trust:
Leadership and the Ethics of Accountability

Panel – Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans / Ustadha Ieasha Prime / Ustadha Zaynab Ansari / Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

10:45PM – 11:15PM
Special Screening of
Narrative Film

Apocalypse


Canadian Premier at RIS

Saturday

21st Dec. 2019

10:00AM – 10:50AM
Heart Series 2
“Ask Your Lord for Forgiveness, then Turn Back to Him.”
(11:3)

Remorse and Repentance: Returning to the Creator

Ustadh Yahya Rhodus
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus

10:50AM – 11:40AM
Heart Series 3
“If You are Grateful, I will Surely Increase You..” (14:7)

Gratitude:
The Key to Success

Shaykh Faraz A Khan
Shaykh Faraz Khan

11:40AM – 12:30PM
Heart Series 4
“So Endure Patiently with a Beautiful Patience” (70:5)

Beautiful Patience in the Life of a Believer

Mufti Hussain Kamani
Mufti Hussain Kamani

12:30PM – 2:00PM

Lunch and Duhr Prayer Break

2:00PM – 3:30PM
Mind Series 2

From the Pulpit to the Picketline:
Bridging the Scholar-Activist Divide


Panel – Shaykh Yasir Qadhi / Dr. Dalia Fahmy /Shaykh Omar Sulieman /Sister Amira ElGhawaby
With Live Audience Questions

3:30PM – 5:30PM

Extended Bazaar Break

Maghrib Prayer / Dinner Break

5:30PM – 6:30PM
RIS Talk 11

“Which of the Favors of Your Lord Will You Deny?”

Maulana Tariq Jameel
Maulana Tariq Jamil

6:30PM – 7:15PM
RIS Talk 12

The Friction of Factions:
The Boundaries of Faith and Tolerance

Dr. Yasir Qadhi
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi

Interlude
Khaled Siddiq

7:15PM – 7:45PM
RIS Talk 13

Men and Women:
Guardians for One Another

Ustadha Ieasha Prime
Ustadha Ieasha Prime

7:45PM – 8:30PM
RIS Talk 14

Like Burning Coal:
Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age

Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi
Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

8:30PM – 9:15PM
RIS Talk 15

An Ocean of Mercy:
Finding Solace in the Book of Allah

Shaykh Sulaiman Mulla
Shaykh Sulaiman Mulla

Interlude
InTeam
InTeam

9:15PM – 10:00PM
RIS Talk 16

Walk With Humility, Talk With Sincerity
Imam Siraj Wahhaj 

Imam Siraj Wahhaj

10:00PM – 10:30PM
RIS Talk 17

Isms and Schisms:
Mending Hearts in a World Divided
Shaykh Omar Suleiman

Shaykh Omar Suleiman

10:30PM – 11:00PM
RIS Talk 18

Vision 2020:
Rewriting Our Story

Imam Zaid Shakir
Imam Zaid Shakir

Sunday

22nd Dec. 2019

10:00AM – 10:50AM
Heart Series 5
“If You are True Believers, Put Your Trust in God.” (5:23)

Divine Trust: Reliance on the One Who Never Disappoints

Imam Yasir Fahmy 
Shaykh Yasir Fahmy

10:50AM – 11:45AM
Heart Series 6
“And He is With You Wherever You May Be.” (57:4)

Spiritual Vigilance:
The Secrets of Mindfulness

Shaykh Omar Suleiman
Shaykh Omar Suleiman

11:45AM – 12:30PM
Heart Series 7
“Every Soul Shall Taste Death”
(3:185)

‘Be in This World as a Traveller’:
Remembrance of Death and the Afterlife

Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi
Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

12:30PM – 2:00PM

Lunch and Duhr Prayer Break

2:00PM – 2:45PM
Mind Series 3

A Dialogue on the Question of Cosmology: Traditional and Modern Understandings


A Conversation with Dr. Bruno Guiderdoni and Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr

2:45PM – 3:30PM
Mind Series 4

“Just Enough Religion to Hate”


A Conversation with Joram van Klaveren and Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Interlude

Hip Hop: Muslim Americans’ Shaping of Global Youth Culture

Brother Ali
Brother Ali

3:30PM – 5:30PM

Extended Bazaar Break

‘Asr Prayer / Maghrib Prayer / Dinner Break

Interlude
Ustadh Rafaqat Ali Khan
Ustadh Rafaqat Ali Khan

5:30PM – 6:30PM
RIS Talk 19

Who Are the Lovers of the Beloved?

Maulana Tariq Jameel
Maulana Tariq Jamil

6:30PM – 7:15PM
RIS Talk 20

As Above, So Below:
Aligning Our Bodies and Souls with the Heavens

Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy / Ustadha Saara Sabbagh
Shaykh Muhammad Ninowy / Ustadha Saara Sabbagh

7:15PM – 8:00PM
RIS Talk 21

Sacred Harmony: Islam, Man, and the Order of Nature

Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr

8:00PM – 8:45PM
RIS Talk 22

God First:
Victory Through Surrender

Sister Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir
Sister Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir

8:45PM – 9:15PM
RIS Talk 23

The Difficulty of Mildness

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

9:15PM – 9:45PM
RIS Talk 24

The Change Generation:
Our Youth, Our Hope
Imam Khalid Latif

Imam Khalid Latif

Interlude
Dawud Wharnsby Ali
Dawud Wharnsby

9:45PM – 10:45PM
RIS Talk 25

Verily, He Was a Walking Qur’an

Mufti Hussain Kamani
Imam Zaid Shakir

Closing Dua

Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi
Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yaqoubi

*All program timings are tentative and subject to changes.