UBC Thaqalayn Muslim Association

About the Islamic faith

The word “Islam” is an Arabic word that 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, that Muhammad is a last prophet of God, and that the Holy book (the Qur'an) is revealed on the Prophet Muhammad(sa) and has been shared through both oral recitation and as a written book. One also has to believe in the Day of Judgment and the four pillars of Islam which include five daily prayers, a certain amount of obligatory charity (zakat), fasting once in a year in the month of Ramadan (siyam), and performing a ritual journey to the house of God in Makkah (hajj).
Islam emphasizes three dimensions, which are jurisprudential, moral and intellectual. The basic message of Islam is to spread love, peace and harmony in human society. Spiritual and moral development of the human being, purification of the soul and tranquility of the heart are important aspects and the ultimate objectives of Islam.

Our philosophy

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. If someone kills an innocent person, it is like they have killed all of mankind. If someone saves a life, it is like they have saved all of mankind. It is believed that all good and bad deeds will be manifested in the Day of Judgment in their true face. Those who do good will be rewarded and those who commit evil will be punished.
Followers of all religions should gather on a single focal point which 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 faiths.

About Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi

Muslim Chaplain, Dr. Syed Nasir Zaidi

Dr. Zaidi is also a Spiritual Care Practitioner and Muslim Chaplain at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). Dr. Zaidi believes that Islam, in its true spirit, has strong universal messages for all religious and spiritual communities. He aims to promote the true picture of Islam by highlighting its moral, ethical and spiritual aspects by connecting students to the spiritual wellbeing of the UBC community. He hopes to make evident the effectiveness of Islam's ethical and spiritual principles, and the promotion of interfaith harmony.
Dr. Zaidi understands that university life can cause spiritual complications for students as they face several intellectual, spiritual and psychological problems in their individual, social and academic lives. He is a proponent of one-on-one or group counselling based on students’ spiritual and religious traditions. Like all students, Muslim students have theological and philosophical questionsrelating to their social and academic environment. 

Dr. Zaidi would like to address these critical questions on a philosophical, psychological and theological basis. It is also important for him to demonstrate the capability of Islamic spirituality in enriching other faiths and religious traditions.

Dr. Zaidi holds a PhD and Masters in Islamic Philosophy and Theology from the University of Tehran in Iran, as well as a Masters in Arabic from the University of Punjab in Pakistan. All of these achievements are evaluated and approved by ICES, Canada.
Prior to his current role as Research Scholar and Spiritual Consultant at the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre, Dr. Zaidi acted as the former Director General (Research) of the Counsel of Islamic Ideology at Islamabad Pakistan from 2007 to 2010. He was also a Visiting Professor at University of Bonn in Germany from 2006 to 2007, and an Assistant Professor at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan from 2003 to 2005.
You can contact Dr. Zaidi by emailing dr.nasirzaidi@gmail.com, or by calling him at 604 369 3571. You can also learn more on his website at www.drnasirzaidi.com.

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