February 2014 Mawlid


February Toronto Mawlid

We are honored to have Paul Abdul-Wudud Sutherland for our February 2014 Toronto Mawlid.


Canadian-British Paul Abdul Wadud Sutherland is an award-winning poet and writer. A Muslim since 2004, he is the author of eight published collections of poetry and has edited seven others, as well as being the founding editor of Dream Catcher a distinguished literary journal now in its 27th issue. Collections of his Sufi poetry and his Sirah poems are to be published later this year by Quilliam Press in the United Kingdom.

Insha’allah, we will have a two-part workshop on Saturday Feb. 1. 2014 at the IMO. The third part of the program will culminate in our monthly mawlid program.

Workshop 1: Echoes of Sufism in Western Literature
Salatul Zuhr to Asr (1:30 – 3:30)

With examples from contemporary poetry, participants will be encouraged to expand their range of understanding about the global nature and influence of Islamic spirituality. The session will explore writers and poets who have been seekers, yearning for something beyond the overt individualism that has dominated much of the modern Western narrative.

Workshop 2: Verses for Al-Habib: Writing Quatrains in Praise of the Prophet
Salatul ‘Asr to Maghrib (4:30 – 6:00)

Using the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the quatrain will be introduced. The Rubaiyat has a special place in the intersection between Islam and the Western literary tradition. It is a perfect launching point for contemporary poetry that reflects the Islamic spiritual tradition and at the same time it resonates deep within modern English poetry. Who was Omar Khayyam? Why are there so many different translations of the Rubaiyat? What are its connections to Mevlana Rumi? How did Edward Fitzgerald’s famous interpretation of the Rubaiyat introduce Islamic concepts to a western audience without them realizing it. Sidi Abdul Wadud is keen to have participants have a go at composing something original.

Mawlid: Readings for the Rasul: A Poetic Celebration of the Prophet  (7:00 – 9:00)

This will be our monthly Mawlid presented as an evening of poetry in praise of the Beloved of Allah with special guest and award winning poet Paul Abdul Wadud Sutherland with munshids and poets and lovers of the Rasul from our community.

Join us for an evening of words and verse in praise of the most eloquent of Allah’s creation!