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Anatolia Islamic Centre hosts its third annual Anatolia Taste of Ramadan Iftar Program

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.

UPDATE: Statement on Mississauga man viciously beaten in the vicinity of Anatolia Islamic Centre

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.

 

 

Islamic Community Milli Gorus (ICMG) Canada Visits Church in show of solidarity and sympathy after Sri Lanka terror attacks

Solidarity between Muslim communities and Christian communities continues after the attacks on Easter Rites in Sri Lanka on Sunday (April 21st). Representatives of the ICMG congregation visited the churches to show unity and solidarity with the Christian communities in Canada.

When we heard about this abhorrent terrorist attacks targeting innocent people in Sri Lanka, we realized that this was a black day. These types of terrorist acts will never be forgetten. We see this attack as an attack on all humanity. In Surah 32, Verse 5 of the Qur’an, it is expressed that: “Whoever kills a person is like killing all people. Whoever saves a life is like saving all people’s lives.”

In this sense, we feel the pain of each of the innocent people who are the targets of these attacks. We share the pain of all Christians who are the main target of this abhorrent attack. Their suffering is our pain.

The Goal of Terrorism is to Divide Our Society

Emphasizing that the main goal of terrorism is to divide societies, representatives of the ICMG have given the message that they will never allow this and will make social cohesion more solid than ever before. It was stated that the same unity and solidarity were realized for the Muslim community in the aftermath of the attack in Christchurch and this was a great source of power for the Muslim community.

We want to share your pain and show that we are in solidarity with you. Even though we have different beliefs, we want you to know that you have neighbors who feel like you and share your pain in a sincere way. We would like to express that the points that unite us are more than the points separating us from each other.

 

#ICMG #SriLanka #Taziya #ChurchVisits

An Apology from the Toronto Sun

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

OP-ED: Recklessness with truth has dire consequences for targeted minorities

 Op-Ed from the ICMG Anatolia Islamic Centre

“…. 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.”
 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 ralliesrip up Qur’ans and harass Muslim worshippers, 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

4th Annual Anatolia Eid Festival on July 8th, 2018

 

 

ICMG Anatolia Islamic Centre Presents its Annual Eid Festival!

2018 marks our 4th Annual Eid Festival.  Ramadan Eid (Eid’ul Fitr) Festival is organized to unite the Greater Toronto Area Muslim Canadian community in celebration. This holiday marks the end of the holy month of fasting, Ramadan, which over 1.6 billion Muslims observe across the world. During Eid-al-Fitr Muslims celebrate in various ways including festivals, family and communal events, gatherings over food, music, art or entertainment. Our goal is to provide a one of a kind and uniting event for the Muslims in the Greater Toronto Area to celebrate Ramadan Eid / Ramazan Bayramı together. Although this event will be hosted in honor of the Islamic holiday, we also aim to create a public platform of entertainment and fun for residents, especially children all across the GTA to enjoy!

Anatolia Eid Festival, arranged by dedicated volunteers from the local Muslim communities, is geared at people of all ages and all cultures. From diverse and delicious food vendors to carnival rides and face painting, we strive to bring it all.

The fun filled family event will include:
– Rides, Games,
– Food Court
– Bazaar
– Face Paints & Henna

We invite you to join us in this unique event as a sponsor, a volunteer, a vendor or even as a guest enjoying the many wonderful activities and programs we have for you.

Spread the word and share with us in this joyous holiday.

More information:

ICMG Anatolia Islamic Centre
5280 Maingate Drive
Mississauga, Ontario Canada L4W 1G5
P: (905) 629-0477
C: (416) 476-9835
F: (905) 629-3311
E: eidfestival@anatoliacentre.ca
Event Website: www.anatoliaeidfest.ca

 

Scenes from daily Ramadan Iftar Program at Anatolia Islamic Centre

The Anatolia Islamic Centre Ramadan Iftar Program is sponsored by the community every year. This includes the dates, dinner, supplies, cleaning etc. Please participate in this program by contributing in any way possible. Allah (SWT) offers great rewards for feeding the fasting persons. We schedule dinner donations to avoid overlapping and provide balance, so please contact us to book a date in advance.

 

May Allah SWT reward us all bountifully, as we seek His pleasure during this blessed month. To donate, schedule dinners, or contribute in any way, please contact:

Br. Abdusselam at 416 827 3614 or info@anatoliacentre.ca