Central Administrative

 

The CHW is administered by a Board of Directors. The Board of directors is assisted by two councils: an advisory council that consists of honorary members such as former heads of state and politicians, philanthropists, distinguished clergymen from different religious denominations and business people. The mission of the advisory council is to promote the CHW worldwide and help it achieve its objectives. The academic council consists of scholars and academics, who offer guidance and expertise to Dar Al-Hikma Institute in academic and administrative matters. The CHW also includes the center for dialogue among religions, the center for media and literary productions, and the Institute of Dar Al-Hikma.

Organizational structure of the CHW

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Objectives of the CHW

The Canadian House of Wisdom is a non-profit charitable Islamic organization which pursues the following objectives:

A) To promote peace and dialogue among people of different religious affiliations in Canada and abroad.
B) To cooperate with different religious communities and organizations on programs and projects aiming at helping the poor and the needy in Canada and abroad.
C) To organize sports events and friendly encounters for youth from different religious and cultural communities in Canada in the purpose of promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding and respect.
D) To establish and operate educational institutions such as schools, colleges and universities.
E) To do research in the areas of religion and humanities and to publish and distribute pamphlets, books, journals and magazines in different languages and by all means possible, to promote knowledge and understanding.
F) To promote the integration and positive contribution of Muslim youth to Canadian society.
G) To organize and celebrate Islamic feasts and cultural events.
H) To coordinate with other Canadian organizations pursuing similar objectives.

Activities of the CHW

The Canadian House of Wisdom pursues its objectives in conformity with the laws and regulations of the municipal, provincial and federal governments in Canada. The activities of the CHW are carried out without purpose of material gains for its members and all profits and accretions of the organization are used to promote its objectives. In order to achieve these objectives, the CHW proposes the following activities:

A) To hold meetings and conferences on religious issues of common concern to all religions. Representatives from different religious communities and organizations will be invited to take part in the organization and the proceedings of these conferences.
B) To set up a permanent coordination committee from the different religious communities and organizations attending the CHW conferences in the purpose of helping the poor and the needy in Canada and abroad.
C) To organize soccer tournaments and cultural events, such as food and music festivals, for Canadian youth from different religions and cultural communities.
D) To set up an institute for higher learning (college and/or university) that would offer in-class and on-line courses in the areas of religion, humanities, and other related academic areas to students regardless of their religious and national backgrounds.
E) To set up a research and media center that would include a library, a computer lab, and a media lab equipped with printing and audio-visual equipment. The center will offer guidance and assistance to students doing research in the areas of religion and humanities. It will also publish pamphlets, books, journals and other periodicals, as well as record lectures and produce documentaries. The center will distribute its publications and media productions by mail and/or post them on its website.
F) To familiarize Muslim youth with Canadian history, culture and natural beauty, by organizing lectures, Summer camps, as well as trips to major Canadian cities, historical sites and national parks, so they appreciate Canada`s natural beauty.
G) To celebrate Islamic feasts and organize cultural festivals and to invite people from different religious and cultural communities.
H) To cooperate with other organizations pursuing similar objectives in Canada and abroad.

Achievements of CHW

Since its foundation, the CHW has achieved the following projects:

1) Open a temporary head office, located at the heart of the city of Montreal. The head office includes the offices of the president, the publicity and public relations, the finances, the meeting room, the library, the computer lab, and the media lab.
2) Launch a website: www.canadianhw.ca, which provides information on CHW and its projects.
3) Set up a digital library at www.hekmatlibrary.ca that would give the reader access to numerous websites of literary productions in different languages.
4) Set up a library which contains more than 20,000 religious, literary, and scientific books, references, magazines and journals in four languages: Persian, Arabic, French & English.
5) Launch two quarterly journals: Hekmat (www.hekmat.ca) and Shadi (www.shadimag.com)  in four languages: English, French, Persian, and Arabic. The Hekmat journal addresses adult audiences with literary, religious, and social issues; whereas Shadi addresses children and youth.
6) Establish a center for research and documentation, which will publish the research works of students and intellectuals.
7) Set up a media lab equipped with audio-visual technology to record the lectures and the conferences.
8) Established an educational institution: Dar Al-Hikma Institute for Higher Studies. The Institute offers on-line Arabic and Persian courses in Islamic Studies, Philosophy, Law and Jurisprudence in association with several universities abroad. Once completed, the Institute will offer in-class and on-line English and French courses in Islamic studies and Humanities, as well as in other related disciplines.

Furthermore, the CHW is presently looking for North American colleges and universities that would sign a cooperation agreement with Dar Al-Hikma Institute in the purpose of exchanging information, curriculum, courses, human expertise and accreditation.