First Muslim chaplain for Toronto University
The University of Toronto hired its first full-time Muslim chaplain for the 5,000 strong Muslim students studying there. The man taking up the post hopes to combat stereotypes surrounding the faith. Amjad Tarsin is a 28-year-old man of Libyan descent who hails from Ann Arbour, Michigan, US. He began to devote himself to the religion when he was in university, dropping out of law school to get a degree in Muslim chaplaincy. Tarsin’s goal is to have an open dialogue with students and create a strong Canadian Muslim identity on a campus. To fill the position, the Muslim Students Association raised $70,000 with an online campaign that began in June. Funding came from around the world, with contributions pouring in from as far away as Denmark.