Anatolia Islamic Centre will be distributing iftar meal boxes during the month of Ramadan. Every week on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays the iftar boxes will be shared with the community via drive-thru first-come, first-served basis. Each person will be receiving one box. Pick-up time will be 1 hour prior to the iftar time.
Eid Mubarak to you and your family!
Eid al-Adha will be on Tuesday, July 20. Anatolia Islamic Centre will be performing three Eid Prayers inshAllah.
Online Pre-Registration will open on Sunday, July 18 at 8pm (Link will be available below)
IMPORTANT AIC COVID-19 GUIDELINES:
We request everyone to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines mentioned below. As required by the Ontario Government, OHSA & PHO guidelines mentioned (referenced HERE), anyone not abiding by these guidelines will NOT be permitted to enter the facility. PLEASE REVIEW THESE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY for the sake of everyone’s safety:
- All congregants coming to attend the prayers at AIC MUST WEAR A MASK. Bring your face masks and wear it at all times. Make sure the mask covers both your mouth and your nose.
- You must bring a PRAYER RUG with you and fold it appropriately so inside does not touch the outside.
- Make WUDU AT HOME. Use of WASHROOMS is not allowed.
- MAINTAIN 6 FEET (2 m) distance from everyone at all times.
- USE HAND SANITIZER before leaving your car and after you touch any surfaces within the mosque.
- When entering the mosque, please proceed to one of the marked spots on the floor.
- Bring a plastic bag with you to put YOUR SHOES and take it with you and keep these next to you.
- LEAVE IMMEDIATELY after performing fard salah. Sunnah or nafl prayers should be done at home.
- DON’T CROWD around any spot within or outside the centre or in the parking lot.
- If your age is 65 AND OVER, or BELOW 12, you are respectfully asked to not attend.
- If you are FEELING SICK, or having ANY SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS, or have any PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONSthat put you into the high-risk category, you will not be allowed to enter the masjid.
Appeal for the Masjid:
The Masjid can’t be maintained during this critical period without your financial support through Sadaqa and Zakat. Please be generous with your donation for the house of Allah. For general donations, please visit our website at anatoliacentre.ca/donations.
Anatolia Islamic Centre is confident that the Muslim community will undertake the difficult measures needed in such unprecedented times and put our trust in Allah.
Disclaimer: While the safety of our congregants is our top priority, there is still some risk present with visiting the masjid. Each individual bears responsibility for their own actions and Anatolia Islamic Centre will not be liable for any complications in connection with or arising from your visit to the masjid.
Online Pre-registration is required to attend the Eid Prayers. Please use THIS LINK TO REGISTER. (Link will be available on Sunday, July 18)
You are only allowed to register three people including yourself. Please include the names for EVERYONE and read the waiver and the COVID-19 guidelines and answers the questions accurately. If you do not register you will not be permitted to enter the masjid and there is no exception. There is limited capacity for the Eid Prayers so please register during the announced time frame. If you register but do not show up for your reservation, you’ll be denied to enter our facility for Eid Prayers. No Exceptions!
- Birinci Bayram Namazi Saat: 7:30 AM
- Second Eid Prayer: 8:30 AM
- Third Eid Prayer: 9:30 AM
- You must bring the online reservation ticket with you (printed or via mobile device).
- Please arrive only 15-20 minutes prior to the start time
Anatolia Islamic Centre hosted its third annual multi-faith Iftar dinner titled “Anatolia Taste of Ramadan” on May 22, 2019 with local faith leaders joining the congregation to break the fast.
On behalf of Anatolia Islamic Centre, we would like to thank you to all Religious Leaders for joining the third annual Anatolia Taste of Ramadan Iftar Dinner.
Anatolia Islamic Centre was pleased to host religious leaders from the Sikh, Hindu, Jewish and Christian communities reflected on fasting within their religious traditions and brought greetings to the Muslim community on the occasion of Ramadan.
The Anatolia Taste of Ramadan Iftar program ended with a number of individuals being recognized for their contributions in various fields the Mississauga community.
Anatolia Islamic Centre (AIC) was established by Turkish Canadians in 1998. Our goal is to create a highly-esteemed organization that leads in advocating for the religious, moral and spiritual values of the Muslim society in Canada and to contribute to peace and tranquility for all mankind, and to be a prestigious mediator on Islamic issues.
Attack occurred on Aimco Boulevard across from Anatolia Islamic Centre
Anatolia Islamic Centre was saddened to learn that one of our congregants was physically attacked in the vicinity of our centre while on his way to attend prayers. As a result of the attack, our brother of Syrian background was rendered unconscious and subsequently hospitalized with fractures and severe injuries. He is now home and we pray for our dear brother’s speedy recovery and hope to see him amongst us soon.
As a result of this road rage incident, on May 27, 2019, Roberto Arevalo, a 37-year-old-man from Toronto, was arrested for Assault Cause Bodily Harm and will attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on a later date.
Anatolia Islamic Centre administration wishes to extend its gratitude to Peel Regional Police for their prompt response, support and professional service.
Peel Regional Police is requesting that anyone with information in relation to this incident should contact investigators at 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 1233. Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.
Anatolia Islamic Centre is a leading Muslim organization serving the needs of Canadian Muslims since 1998.
Correction by The Toronto Sun
The Toronto Sun has published an apology for the untrue and biased comments made by their columnist, Candice Malcolm about our centre and our Imam. Detailed information about the article and the apology can be found here. Below is the apology that was published on the Toronto Sun newspapers on October 28, 2018 on page 4, in the below left section.
“A Friday May 4 column by Candice Malcolm published in the Toronto Sun detailed controversy over Canada Summer Jobs grants and while quoting controversial past statements by the by the centre’s Imam wrongly suggested the Anatolia Islamic Centre itself had a history of supporting anti-gay comments. In a subsequent column, Malcolm wrongly suggested the Anatolia Islamic Centre had a history of supporting terror groups which is untrue. The Sun Regrets the errors.”
For more information click here .
– Anatolia Islamic Centre
This past spring, Toronto Sun columnist Candice Malcolm published a series of opinion articles in which she made multiple claims about the Anatolia Islamic Centre, the stance of our organization on LGBTQ rights, and our access to government funding for programming. Not only were these claims categorically false, but they are also part of a more general trend of reckless misreporting about Muslims — a practice that has dire consequences for our shared communities in the current political environment of anti-Muslim hatred, divisive rhetoric and mistrust of the media.
We understand that challenging false claims with facts is not an effective way to shift problematic thinking; however, it is worth noting that Malcolm willingly published the following inaccuracies about our organization: she claimed we have “a history of anti-gay rhetoric” when there has never been, at any time, an active member of our Centre who made any homophobic statements; she claimed our imam was caught making anti-gay statements in 2013, when a basic internet search will reveal that he was not only not an employee of the centre but he has apologized and completely altered his position; she claimed we did not respond to inquiries about our stance on abortion when, in fact, we were never approached to answer such a question (which a thorough check of all email addresses and phone numbers connected to the Centre revealed); she implied in another article published the next day that we have a history of supporting terror groups — a libelous claim which has no grounding in reality. Not only are her arguments unfounded and erroneous, they are also very easily debunked. This points to a much deeper problem: a potential willingness among writers (whether journalists, columnists or bloggers) to fabricate sensational stories to appeal to an unsuspecting audience — one which is already the recipient of countless anti-Muslim messages on a daily basis.
In fact, the Canadian media record reveals a consistent unacceptable pattern of defaming Canadian Muslims and Muslim organizations and then issuing quiet, back-page apologies long after the irreparable damage has been done. The effect of these false claims lasts a lot longer than the news cycle. Canadian Muslim communities bear an increasing weight of social exclusion and discrimination — something which misleading news stories entrench and exacerbate. In fact, a 2016 study by Abacus Data
determined that Muslims are among the most discriminated against of all groups in Canadian society and with hate crimes against Muslims increasing exponentially
over the last few years including a rise in bullying of Muslim students. This is perhaps the most dangerous aspect of this issue: the potential to confirm the hateful biases of potentially-violent individuals radicalized by anti-Muslim hatred and ultimately give them a sense of legitimacy in taking things into their own hands.
In recent incidents, prominent hate groups have taken it upon themselves to spread anti-Muslim hate through flyers
and hate rallies
, rip up Qur’ans and harass Muslim worshipper
s, and even vandalize and perpetrate arson attacks on mosques
. Of course, a clear case in point is Alexandre Bissonette, the white nationalist, anti-feminist Quebec Mosque shooter
. Bissonette was known for his anti-Muslim views inspired by false information long before he pulled the trigger that took the lives of Azzeddine Soufiane, Khaled Belkacemi, Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Abdelkrim Hassane and Boubaker Thabti.
Canadians deserve better. We deserve to be able to trust media outlets and journalists. We deserve to know the truth about Muslims and Muslim organizations contributing to society, not to be fed false stories that further separate us from one another. We deserve to know more about the work of mosques like Anatolia are doing to create positive spaces, promote cross-community dialogue, and serve humanity.
– Anatolia Islamic Centre
We trust our Lord will give us a better garden than this, for we are indeed turning to our Lord with hope.” (Quran 68:32)
As for those who believe, do good, and have faith in what has been revealed to Muḥammad—which is the truth from their Lord—He will absolve them of their sins and improve their condition.