2016 Convention Theme
Celebrating the 15th Anniversary
Date: December 23-25, 2016
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada
“Reviving the Islamic Spirit” convention is an attempt by the young Muslims in the West to help overcome new challenges of communication and integration. The convention aims to promote stronger ties within North American society through reviving the Islamic tradition of education, tolerance and introspection across cultural lines through points of commonality and respect. Furthermore, the convention will be a celebration of our North American identity and Islamic faith. To help attain these ideals, the convention will feature a wide range of voices from various parts of the world. With scholars and mind-moving speakers from across the world, RIS is truly an enriching experience wherever you are on your life journey.
Reviving the Islamic Spirit (RIS) is an annual Islamic conference typically held during the winter holiday season in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The first conference was held in 2003, and has since become one of North America's largest Islamic conferences, alongside the ISNA convention in the United States. The conference has grown from 3,500 attendees in its first year to over 20,000 in 2011, making it the largest Islamic conference in Canada.
Attendees and speakers attend from around the world, including the United States, Europe and the Middle East. While criticism of the event is seen from both critics of Islam and fundamentalist Muslims, organizers maintain that the event is an attempt to revive Islamic traditions of education, tolerance, and introspection. In May 2010, RIS held its first American conference in Long Beach, California. Following the second U.S. edition at the Long Beach Convention Center on Memorial Day weekend the conference was discontinued.
Reviving the Islamic Spirit Knowledge Retreat is an annual program held around the RIS Convention to give seekers of knowledge an opportunity to study traditional Islamic sciences, in contemporary context, with some of the leading scholars of our time. Knowledge is the greatest gift a believer can share and it is through such gatherings that students are introduced to the depth and breadth of Islamic scholarship. Rarely do Muslims living in the west get such opportunities and hence RIS KR strives to provide a conducive environment for students to purse their quest for knowledge and enlightenment by studying the traditional sciences preserved through a chain of transmission handed to us through great scholars of the past.