Muneeb Nasir is the currently serving president of the Olive Tree Foundation, a Toronto-based endowment foundation and granting agency. A well-known Muslim Canadian leader, writer and public speaker, he focuses mainly on religious and societal matters. Muneeb Nasir is the managing editor of the online magazine website iqra.ca, which provides a Muslim perspective on current issues. He was educated at the University of Toronto, University of Guelph and University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Nasir is also the founder of the Islamic Institute of Toronto and a founding board member of Masjid Toronto.
” One of the things about Hizmet is that they exemplify some of the excellent aspects of their faith tradition. One of the aspects that they exemplify and is quite impressive is the focus on selflessness, on altruism, on giving of oneself, selfless giving of oneself, and we find this in the volunteers of Hizmet. They selflessly give of themselves for the services they are engaged in. And this is quite important, actually, in today’s world where the world is focused on selfishness and on individualism.”
” … one of the most important aspects of the Hizmet Movement and FethullahGulen is that he’s able to reconcile his faith tradition with modernity. I think this is one of the greatest contributions that he’s made, is that he has shown that Muslims are comfortable with the modern world. He has shown that Islam is compatible with modernity. And he has shown that Muslims are not only compatible with modernity but they are active citizens on contributing to the good of their societies.”
” FethullahGulen teaches that the common values of love, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness are the basis of engaging people of other religions.”
” The Hizmet Movement, I’ve seen going to some of the most dangerous regions of the world. Many agencies go into the more protected regions of the world but Hizmet Movement with their humanitarian aid has gone into some of the most dangerous areas of the world. And this is quite impressive because it exemplifies an important aspect of the teachings, I think, of the Hizmet Movement and Fethullah Gulen of empathy.”