Our Mission

Yaqeen Institute of Islamic Research in Canada is a non-profit organization that aims to provide educational content about the Muslim community and the Islamic faith in order to build bridges of understanding and counteract rising Islamophobia. Canada is a country that has always celebrated its rich multicultural diversity. Although Islam is the largest faith minority in Canada, misconceptions about Islam and Muslims are still prevalent, and Canadian Muslims still routinely encounter bigotry, xenophobia and stereotypes in their schools, communities, and places of work. The horrific events of the Quebec Mosque massacre provided a stark reminder of the dire need to combat hatred and misinformation. Research has also shown the negative ramifications of internalized Islamophobia with many young Muslims experiencing an identity crisis or spiritual disillusionment, and others turning towards extremist ideologues with no attachment to the community and no grounding in the Islamic tradition.

The function of Yaqeen Institute of Islamic Research in Canada is to bring together Muslim intellectuals, educators, scholars, and community leaders to provide sound academic answers to today’s questions and conduct research on the challenges facing the Muslim community and their solutions. All content generated by the institute will be made free and accessible, and will be disseminated in the form of articles, workshops, videos, infographics and other media. Our research is focused on the experiences and challenges of Muslims in the Canadian context and features a diverse team of Canadian contributors.

Disclaimer: The views, opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in these papers and articles are strictly those of the authors. Furthermore, Yaqeen does not endorse any of the personal views of the authors on any platform. Our team is diverse on all fronts allowing for constant enriching dialogue that helps us produce only the finest research.

Our Areas of Focus

We aim to address relevant topics head-on with the help of the foremost experts in this space. Our work concentrates in the following areas:

Conviction

Since its early days, Islamic scholarship has highlighted reason-based approaches to faith. In line with this tradition, we aim to explore both traditional and contemporary topics on the subject matter. Research will include topics such as the miraculous nature of the Quran, proofs of the prophethood, God’s mercy, atheism, evolution, and other topics.

Islamophobia/Extremism

With the rise of Islamophobia on one hand and extremism on the other, Islam has been cast as irrational, incompatible with modern civilization and inherently violent. This has put Muslims in a defensive position in which they constantly have to justify their convictions, while fighting off the natural doubts and insecurities that arise from such a climate. Research in this area will include topics such as Jihad, Shariah, gender issues, Muslim/Non-Muslim relations, slavery and explaining controversial texts in Islam.

Contribution

Islam has a centuries long tradition of inspiring its adherents to contribute to humanity based on conviction in its tenets. Previous Muslims were on the forefront of contributing to medicine, philosophy, architecture, art and governance among other areas. In our efforts to rekindle this tradition, we will highlight present day efforts of Muslims who have been inspired by their faith to contribute positively to humanity.

Our Approach

Yaqeen is not your typical research institute. Our audience is ‘you’ – not policy makers. As a result, we believe that a unique approach is necessary in order to stay true to our mission.

Accessibility
We aim to raise the discourse in the Muslim community by making academic grade research material accessible to everyone.

100% Free
We pledge to make every last piece of content we ever create free for everyone.

Intellectual Integrity
We urge our researchers to speak and write their minds. Even if unpopular. Even if contradictory to the opinions of other researchers.

Neutrality
Yaqeen will not take sides on any research topic. We believe our neutrality is the optimum way to foster dialog on the important topics of the day.

Transparency
By providing a ‘behind the scenes’ view throughout the research process, a more nuanced understanding of the subject matter can be attained.

Disclaimer: The views, opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in these papers and articles are strictly those of the authors. Furthermore, Yaqeen does not endorse any of the personal views of the authors on any platform. Our team is diverse on all fronts allowing for constant enriching dialogue that helps us produce only the finest research.