Naynawah, the old name of the city of Karbala, is a joint initiative by 13 youth groups from across the GTA with the aim of connecting the community while spreading the universal message of Imam Hussein (as). Naynawah aims to keep the message of Imam Hussein (as) alive while providing the community with opportunity to learn, get connected and make a difference.
The Naynawah Conference brings together the GTA community together for the One. The conference reinforces our commitment to unity as it is the only project that is supported by all the youth groups in the GTA. Naynawah provides the community with the opportunity to learn, motivate, connect and make a difference by supporting a cause.
The proceeds from the annual Naynawah Conference will be used to fund a project that will provide a sustainable solution to those who do not have access to clean water. Our dream is to build a well every year somewhere different around the world. By giving back, we let the message of Imam Hussain (as) spread globally. Please bring your change for our coin drive and your cheque books for our silent auction as we do our part in providing a solution to the 783 million people do not have access to clean or affordable water
Syed Ali Hur obtained his bachelors and masters degrees in Arabic Studies from the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in India. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Arabic Department of the AMU, and is in the final stages of his doctoral degree (PhD) programme in Arabic Language and Literature. His dissertation proposal focuses on showcasing the literary contributions of Ibn Abil Hadeed al-Madaini, author of the famous commentary of Nahjul Balagha
His primary areas of academic and research interest include Quranic sciences, Tafseer (Exegesis), Ilm al Hadith with focus on both Diraayah and Riwaayah, Ilmul Rijaal, the Nahjul Balagha, Sahifa-e-Sajjadiyyah, Islamic history and historiography, comparative religion, comparative jurisprudence as well as contemporary reformist discourse and literature in the Muslim world.
Sayed Hussain has been studying Islam for the last five years at the Hawza of South Lebanon. He graduated with a Journalism degree from Brunel University in 2012, and a Masters degree in Religion in Global Politics from SOAS university of London in 2017.
Sayed Hussain has recently been engaging with youth from different communities around the world on issues of Islamic identity, spirituality and mental health. He is currently producing the film 'In Search of the Sacred', as through spirituality he attempts to address the crisis of modern man.
Dr. Sayed Moustafa al-Qazwini is the Founding Imam of the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County and President of the Shia Muslim Council of Southern California. He is a graduate of the Islamic seminary of Qum, holds a PhD in Islamic Studies and is the author of a number of books.
Dr. al-Qazwini spends much of his time lecturing across the United States and the world, and participating in interfaith and intrafaith dialogues and various panels.
Dr. Sayed Ammar Nakshawani is a professor and the Imam Ali Chair of Shia studies at Hartford Seminary, as well as a Islamic subject matter expert, scholar, and author. He has been listed as one of The 500 Most Influential Muslims. Dr. Nakshawani is additionally known for his inter and intra-faith unity efforts, and has met with a plethora of faith leaders to further these objectives.
Dr. Nakshawani is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's Middle East Institute. Dr. Nakshawani is also a philanthropist, committing financial resources to a plethora of social and humanitarian causes.