About CHW

Islamic Seminary

Every year, our scholars, facilities and city inspire 100 students to engage with big questions head-on. We’re a comprehensive Hawzah; the Islamic seminary. We search for innovative solutions and make positive contributions to society. Our creativity powers Montreal and connects us to the world. See how we plan to redefine the 21st century university. Juggling your studies along with a hectic work schedule? Online learning can make it possible for you to do both successfully. Hawzah-Online’s courses, based on award-winning designs, offer you the flexibility you need to reach your educational goals. Hawzah-Online provides you with thousands of possible paths to a degree. Choose from 57 courses that challenge you to bring your A-game. http://hawzah-online.com

The Canadian House of Wisdom (CHW) was founded in the year 2006, according to Quebec laws of Incorporation (Loi sur les Compagnies, Article 3). The Canadian House of Wisdom is a non-political charitable organization established for educating young Muslims, for protecting them from the evils of extremism and fanaticism, and for integrating them into mainstream Canadian society. As well as promoting peace and dialogue between Muslims and other religions and cultural communities.

Brief History

Islam is portrayed in the media as an intolerant religion that breeds violence. This portrayal stems from popular misconceptions and negative stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.

The tragic events of September 11, which hurt Islam more than anything else, have reinforced the mistrust between Islam and other religions, and widened the cultural gap between Muslims and non-Muslims, to the extent that all attempts for dialogue are met with skepticism and hostility.

Generally speaking, non-Muslims, particularly in the West, lack an objective understanding of Islam, and tend to confuse its teachings with some unacceptable practices in Muslim countries, as Imam Ali, one of the apostles of Islam, put it: “Men tend to be hostile to the unknown”. On the other hand, Muslims have caused more damage to the reputation of Islam than anyone else, because of extremism and fanaticism. Therefore, there is a need to bring forward an objective and balanced view of Islam as ideology and practice. Besides, there is a need for Muslims to look inward in the hope of trying to better understand Islam and to look outward in an attempt to present Islam as a religion of peace and dialogue.

Although there have been attempts, by individual Muslims and by Islamic organizations, to embellish the image of Islam, these attempts have not had a large-scale and lasting impact. Hence, there is a need for a long-term strategy of two-fold nature: On the one hand, there is a need for educating young Muslims, for protecting them from the evils of religious extremism and fanaticism, and for integrating them into mainstream Canadian society. On the other hand, there is a need for promoting peace and dialogue between Islam and other religions and cultural communities. It was for that purpose, the Canadian House of Wisdom (CHW) was founded in the year 2006 by Dr. Seyed Zeinulabadeen Al-Husseini, according to Quebec laws of Incorporation.