A Legacy of Excellence

How Islam Helped Shape Modern Civilization

Friday, July 14, 2023
UBC Vancouver Campus
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Turning the Pages of Time: Illuminating Islam's Contributions to the Modern World

As the soft glow of twilight descends upon the historic campus of the University of British Columbia, a unique gathering of inquisitive minds will convene to explore an often overlooked aspect of our shared heritage. On July 14, 2023, from 5pm to 8pm, we invite you to immerse yourself in an enlightening conference, “A Legacy of Excellence: How Islam Helped Shape Modern Civilization”.

In the grand narrative of history, certain voices have echoed louder than others. Some have been amplified by the megaphone of contemporary society, while others have become barely audible whispers. This conference aims to turn up the volume on one such whisper, amplifying the stories of the significant contributions made by Muslims and Arabs across numerous disciplines that have been instrumental in shaping the contours of our modern civilization.

We live in an era that has been largely defined by scientific advancements, social transformations, educational progress, and cultural syntheses. Beneath the surface of these advancements lies a rich seam of Islamic influence. From the cryptic symbols in mathematics to the elegant arches of our grandest buildings, from the early scholarly discourses in the ancient madrasas to the development of advanced surgical techniques, the golden age of Islamic civilization has left a profound and enduring legacy.

Despite the magnitude of these contributions, they often fade into the backdrop of collective consciousness, obscured by the shadows of misunderstanding and misinformation. This conference seeks to bring them to the forefront, providing an illuminating exploration of the Islamic legacy that has been woven into the very fabric of our society. It is our mission to enlighten, educate, and inspire.


The discussions and dialogues will delve into a myriad of fascinating topics. You will embark on a journey through time, tracing the footsteps of pioneering Muslim scientists, marveling at architectural wonders that influenced Western styles, exploring the origins of the world’s first universities, understanding the core Islamic principles that fostered advancements in society, and appreciating the profound influence of Islamic art, literature, and philosophy on Western culture.

However, this conference is more than just a historical exploration. It is an enlightening against the prevailing winds of misunderstanding and a commitment to removing the unjustly constructed inferiority complex that many Muslims have developed due to widespread Islamophobia and negative portrayals in the media. It is about reclaiming narratives, about bringing balance to the story of our shared civilization.

This conference is an open invitation to everyone with a thirst for knowledge. It is an opportunity to challenge preconceptions, to discover hidden histories, and to deepen your understanding of our interconnected world.

As we gather under the banner of “A Legacy of Excellence”, we invite you to join us in celebrating the legacy of Islam, an integral chapter in the story of humanity, a story that continues to unfold.

We look forward to welcoming you at the University of British Columbia on July 14, 2023, for an event that promises to be both insightful and inspirational. Together, let’s illuminate the pages of our shared history, pages that remain vibrant with the ink of Islamic contribution. Let us join hands in acknowledging, appreciating, and celebrating the legacy of excellence that Islam has bestowed upon our world.

Our Partners

MSA UBC Al Ihsan
SFU MSA Al Ihsan
Al Arqam Al Ihsan
MAC Vancouver Al-Ihsan
West 8th Jamia Masjid Al Ihsan
Ajyal Al Ihsan
Marpole Musalla Al Ihsan
Fraser Musallan Vancouver Al-Ihsan

Our Sponsors

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Through this conference, you will learn about...

the pioneering Muslims who laid the foundation for contemporary knowledge and sciences.

the Islamic principles that have advanced justice, tolerance, and equality in societies worlwide.

how the Islamic tradition of seeking knowledge led to the formation of the world's first universities.

the profound influence of Islamic art, literature, and philosophy on Western culture.

Keynote Speaker

Mufti Aasim Rashid
Founder, President | Al-Ihsan

Mufti Aasim Rashid Saab

Conference Speakers

Mufti Yahya Momla Al Ihsan

Mufti Yahya Momla

Masjid Salaam, Burnaby

Sheryar Bashir Al Ihsan

Shaykh Sheryar Bashir

Al-Ihsan / Masjid Rahmah, Surrey

Taha Masood Al Ihsan

Mufti Taha Masood

Al-Ihsan, Surrey


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