CAM-D & MDI a Call for Action

Khutba Campaign 2012

Sheikh Abdalla Idris Ali, Imam Zaid Shakir and Shahina Siddiqui appeal for your participation in 4th Annual Khutba Campaign

On December 7, CAM-D and MDI (Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities and Muslims with Disabilities International) ask Imams and Khatibs to dedicate their Friday khutbas to disability and Islam. This year's United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities theme is "Removing Barriers to Create an Inclusive and Accessible Society for all."

ISNA Canada Secretary General, Sheikh Abdalla Idris Ali asks "Please support the inclusion of people with disabilities by participating in this khutba campaign and collecting funds to help CAM-D serve the most vulnerable members of our Muslim communities."

Imam Zaid Shakir of Zaytuna College appeals to Khatibs and Imams "We have neglected our brothers and sisters with disabilities long enough. Dedicate your khutba to disability rights in Islam this December 7th. I also ask you to generously support CAM-D because they are providing much needed services."

"OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS and our youth facing intellectual disabilities and those who are caring for them have been suffering in silence for far too long. The isolation of these families from community is neither healthy nor acceptable. We have an obligation as Muslims and a responsibility as human beings to offer support in the form of resources, both human and financial to CAM-D who is advocating on their behalf. Mercy should compel us to respond and to act NOW," states Shahina Siddiqui, President of the Islamic Social Services Association.

Did you know...

  • Over one billion people, approximately 15 percent of the world's population, live with some form of disability.
  • The Muslim world population in 2010 was estimated at 1.62 billion.
  • Therefore, the population of Muslims with disabilities in 2010 was about 243 million.
  • People with disabilities are the world's largest minority.
  • They often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society.
  • People with disabilities do not have equal access to society or services, including education, employment, health care, transportation, socio-political participation or justice.
  • Accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities are fundamental rights in Islam.
  • There is a tremendous lack of awareness and understanding of accessibility among our Muslim communities and in society as a whole.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Please browse our site www.camd.ca for talking points, appropriate language about disability and additional background information to prepare a khutba.
  • Please email camd@camd.ca or join facebook page (CAMD) to confirm your participation.  Kindly, provide the location of the khutba, the organization and name of the Khatib.
  • You can also add the information by using the following link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KYrG9TR36aLLg7h2NdljH8agCJlWEEZq9ZHhraUZsdo/edit
  • Please provide us a recording after the khutba if possible.
  • Participate in our charity challenge. Take up a collection during the khutba to support our work. Who will raise the most to support the inclusion of persons with disabilities in our Muslim communities!
  • Mosques and Islamic schools, you can simply appeal to your congregation to donate by designating a volunteer to collect cash in a box, arrange a bake sale or hold a special event for us.
  • a banner to raise awareness and help improve accessibility at your mosqueOrder a banner to raise awareness and help improve accessibility at your mosque. Vinyl, full-colour with message in English, Arabic, Somali and Urdu.
    • Dimensions: 1ft. x 3 ft.
    • Price: $25 each or $45 for two.

Please contact us to explore more opportunities to support us.


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