Naynawah, named after the old name of the city of Karbala, is a joint initiative by several youth groups from across the GTA with the aim of connecting the community while spreading the universal message of Imam Hussain (as). Naynawah aims to keep the message of Imam Hussain (as) alive while providing the community with an opportunity to learn, get connected and make a difference.
The Naynawah Conference brings together the GTA community for the one: one cause, and one Imam. The conference reinforces our commitment to unity as it is the only project that is supported by most of the youth groups in the GTA. Naynawah provides the community with the opportunity to learn, motivate, connect and make a difference by supporting a worthy cause.
The proceeds from the annual Naynawah Conference are 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 in a different part of the world every year. By giving back, we do our part to ensure that the message of Imam Hussain (as) spreads 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 for the 783 million people who do not have access to clean or affordable water.
Sh. Al-Hilli is a renowned Islamic speaker and researcher, and has delivered lectures across the world on themes ranging from Spirituality, Quranic Sciences and Ethics. Sheikh Al-Hilli was born in Kadhimiyya (Baghdad, Iraq) in 1978. As a child he moved with his family to Iran and later on his family relocated again to the UK. In London, Sh. Al-Hilli completed his secondary and higher education studies, going on to graduate with a Masters Degree in Pharmacy from the University of London. He was elected President of Islamic Society in university for two years, organizing a variety of events and also promoting inter-faith activities, highlighting a unifying and encompassing approach. He is passionate about providing youth services, and went on to be Chairman of the Islamic Unity Society, an organization catering to Muslim students at UK universities for 4 years.
He studied with several prominent and respected Scholars in Islamic Studies, completing his Hawza degree from the International College for Islamic Sciences under the supervision of Ayatollah Fadhil Milani. During this time, he studied a variety of disciplines including Theology, Quranic exegesis, logic, Principles of Islamic jurisprudence, Fiqh, history, Arabic Morphology and Sciences of Hadith. He is a teacher at the Hawza Programme at Islamic College in London. He also has an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University via Islamic College.
Sayed Hussain Makke is a 25 year old student of Islam who was born and raised in Tottenham, London. At the age of 21 he had graduated with a Journalism degree from Brunel University and for a period of time was involved in film productions, going on to produce the Unclear Truth documentary which won first prize at the Tehran film festival in 2012. Since then, he moved to Lebanon to engage in Seminary studies at the Hawza. He has covered several topics during his studies, including; logic, Islamic law, principles of jurisprudence, Islamic history, Islamic theology, Islamic philosophy and Arabic grammar.
Hussain has recently been engaging with youth from different communities around the world on issues of Islamic identity, spirituality and mental health. He is now in his 5th year of Hawza studies as well as currently studying for his MA in ‘Religion and Global Politics’ from SOAS University.
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.
Hajj Hassanain Rajabali is a graduate from the University of Colorado with a degree in molecular biology and psychology. Hassanain recently moved to Dearborn from New York where he was Principal of the Tawheed Institute and ran a successful Internet company called Netsite Corporation which specializes in E-Commerce and E-Business. Hassanain currently is the director of Camp Taha, the worlds first Muslim owned camp located in Columbiaville, Michigan.