Muslim Chaplain, Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi

About Islam

The word “Islam” is Arabic word which means “submission to the will of God”. To be called a Muslim, one has to affirm that God (Allah) who is the Creator of all, is the only one worthy of worship, and Muhammad is a last prophet of God, and the holy book "the Qur'an" is revealed on the Prophet Muhammad(sa) and has been transmitted both through oral recitation and as a written book. In addition, one also has to believe in the Day of Judgment, and the four pillars of Islam which includes: Five daily prayers, Certain amount of obligatory charity (zakat), fasting once in a year in the month of Ramadan (siyam), and performing ritual journey to the house of God in Makkah (hajj).

Beliefs in more details

Islam emphasizes on all three dimensions; jurisprudential, moral and intellectual. The basic message of Islam is to spread love, peace and harmony in human society. Spiritual and moral development of human being, purification of soul and tranquility of heart is a most important aspect and ultimate objective of Islam.

The universal message of the Qur'an is that religion cannot be imposed on anyone, human beings are like family members as all are sons and daughters of Adam (as) and Eve, and whoever kills a someone innocently, is as though he had killed all mankind, and whoever saves a life is as though he or she had saved all mankind, and all good and bed deeds will be manifested in the Day of Judgment in their true face. The good doers will be rewarded and the evil doers will be punished.

Followers of all religion should gather on single focal point that is oneness of God and focus on their commonalities. No one is allowed to use abusive language to the beliefs of the followers of other faith.

Chaplain profile

Dr Syed Nasir Zaidi

Muslim Chaplain - Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi

My aim is to promote the true picture of Islam by highlighting its moral, ethical and spiritual aspects by connecting them to the spiritual wellbeing of the UBC community. I believe that Islam, in its true spirit, has strong universal messages for all religious and spiritual communities.

It would be my preference to manifest the effectiveness of Islam's ethical and spiritual principles and promoting interfaith harmony. Since, Universitylife contains spiritual complications; students face several intellectual, spiritual and psychological problems in their individual, social and academic life. The religious background of students necessitate one to one or group counselling based on their spiritual and religious traditions. Like all students, Muslim students also have theological and philosophical questions in their mind originated from their social and academic environment. I would like to address these critical questions on a philosophical, psychological and theological basis. It is also important for me to demonstrate the capability of Islamic spirituality in enriching other faiths and religious traditions.

Dr Syed Nasir Zaidi's background

Professional Achievements
  • Research Scholar & Spiritual Consultant , Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre , Vancouver (at present)
  • Former Director General (Research), Counsel of Islamic Ideology, Islamabad Pakistan (2007-2010)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Bonn, Germany (2006-2007)
  • Assistant Professor, International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan (2003-2005)
Education
  • Ph.D in Islamic Philosophy and Theology , University of Tehran, Iran (Evaluated and approved by ICES, Canada)
  • Masters in Islamic Philosophy and Theology, University of Tehran, Iran (Evaluated and approved by ICES, Canada)
  • Masters in Arabic, University of Punjab, Pakistan (Evaluated and approved by ICES, Canada)
  • B.Sc in Mathematics, Statistics and Economics, Govt College-University Lahore, Pakistan

My aim is to promote the true picture of Islam by highlighting its moral, ethical and spiritual aspects by connecting them to the spiritual wellbeing of the UBC community. I believe that Islam, in its true spirit, has strong universal messages for all religious and spiritual communities.

DR. SYED NASIR ZAIDI, THAQALAYN MUSLIM CHAPLAIN

Scheduled services and events

Wednesdays

Time Location More information
UBC Thaqalayn Muslim Association (second Wednesday of each month) 8:30 pm

See website

www.ubc.thaqalayn.ca

Thursdays

Time Location More information
Thursday night program (last Thursday of each month) 8:00 pm 8580, No. 5 Road, Richmond www.az-zahraa.org or
604.274.7869
Fridays Time Location More information
Friday night program 7:30 pm Aza-e-Hussain Islamic Center, 220-12837 76 Avenue, Surrey
Sundays Time Location More information
Sunday morning program 6:30 am 8580, No. 5 Road, Richmond www.az-zahraa.org or
604.274.7869