Sunday, May 2, 2010


Reviving the Islamic Spirit is an annual Islamic conference typically held during the winter holiday season in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The first conference was held in 2003, and has since become one of North America's largest Islamic conferences, rivaling the ISNA convention in the United States. The conference has grown from 3,500 attendees in its first year to over 15,000 in 2006, making it the largest Islamic conference in Canada.[1] Since RIS 3, conferences have generally been structured around a specific central theme, which have included the life of the prophet Muhammad, Canadian-Muslim identity, and Islamic civilization. While criticism of the event is seen from both anti-Islamist observers and fundamentalist Muslims, organizers maintain that the event as an attempt to revive Islamic traditions of education, tolerance, and introspection.[2] In May 2010, the RIS series will come to the United States for its first conference to be held in Long Beach, California.


Each year distinguished scholars from different parts of the world come to the conference to share their knowledge and wisdom through a series of lectures. Three scholars have made an appearance at the conference every year since the start of RIS: Imam Zaid Shakir, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, and Tariq Suwaidan. Other notable speakers who have appeared over the years include:

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