Sunday March 26 was a wet, dark and cold day in Toronto. But inside the boardroom of Hilton Garden Inn, there was warmth, light and critical thinking.
This is because Muslims and non-Muslims came together for a one day summit to speak about issues that face all of us.
The event was hosted by Muslims Facing Tomorrow and supported by The Canadian Coalition Against Terrorism. Organizations attending were: The American Islamic Forum on Democracy, Middle East Forum, Muslim Reform Movement, The Clarion Project and Forum for Learning. We were professionally and artistically facilitated by Courtney Lonergan.
We discussed strategies to strengthen ourselves in combatting Islamism as reform minded Muslims with all the challenges involved.
The event culminated with a dinner for supporters of our movement. There were heartfelt speeches by Dr. Daniel Pipes, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser , Asra Nomani and Professor Salim Mansur. Also attending were Professor Jordan Peterson and Ezra Levant.
The response was overwhelming. One attendee wrote “all my heroes in one place. The evening inspired me to reaffirm my commitment to participate in this work through my writings…” and “A wonderful dinner with wonderful people. Thank you Raheel Raza & MFT for all your dedication and passion in the fight against extremism.”
Stay tuned for more information and action as this movement grows.



  • Dianna says:

    Keep up your great work towards peaceful dialogue and less hate and domination in our world

  • susburke@gmail.com says:

    Thank you for your posts – it is a direction that is needed in this crazy post truth world. A direction of face to face dialogue, critical thinking and working together for a better future.

    I have a question from the response below – in the 3rd paragraph – what do you mean by ‘…combatting Islamism’? I might have thought you would say ‘…combatting Isis’. Would You please explain the difference. With kind thanks Susan Burke

    Sent from my iPad


  • Larry Hilborn says:

    Ezra Levant?
    The guy’s a clown. Seriously.
    Like all the other attendees though!