PRESS RELEASE #2
March 17, 2020
RE: Anatolia Islamic Centre Closure Notice Due to COVID-19
Esselamun Alaykum, Dear Community Members;
With the rapidly changing circumstances of the COVID-19 virus, how we protect ourselves and others is of paramount importance. The preservation of life takes precedence over everything else. Anatolia Islamic Centre therefore kindly advises everyone to follow the advice coming from the local authorities. In order to keep yourselves, your loved ones and the public safe, Anatolia Islamic Centre has decided to suspend all congregational activities including daily prayers and other programs until further notice, effective immediately.
As individuals, we have a public duty to protect one another from the virus, and it is evident the most effective way to do this now is to avoid social contact as much as possible. This includes all walks of life, whether social, work or the mosque. Also, let us not forget the members of our communities who are vulnerable and socially isolated at risk especially the elderly. We should support one another, and work with friends, family and neighbours to ensure no one is left behind. We should support them with their necessary needs such as shopping, obtaining medicines and other urgent supplies. This is a service open to all, regardless of faith. As our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Seek out the vulnerable among you. Verily, you are only given provision and support due to your support of the weak.”
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.
We pray that Allah (SWT) will make it easy for all of us and keep everyone safe.
Press Release #1
March 13, 2020
Dear Community Members,
In light of the progression of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak:
- The Jum’ah Prayers at Anatolia Islamic Centre starting from March 13th will be suspended until April 3rd.
- All events including weekend school, sports programs and other large gathering activities at AIC will also be suspended as of March 13th until April 3rd.
- When you come for daily prayers consider bringing your sajjadah (prayer rug) with you.
- Please make sure to make wudu before you come to the Masjid.
- Avoid hugs and shaking hands.
- Greetings should be done at a distance, with no handshaking, hugs or physical contact.
- If you have recently returned from overseas, or came in close contact with someone who might have been exposed to the virus, or if you show symptoms of flu, or if you are with a weak immune system, please avoid coming to the masjid and pray Zuhr at home instead.
- Wash your hands with soap, use hand sanitizers, and avoid touching your face.
May Allah keep everyone healthy and safe.
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
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 email@example.com
Former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who changed the Turkish political landscape by introducing conservative masses to politics, was commemorated on the fourth anniversary of his death.
A commemoration ceremony was held at his grave in Istanbul’s Zeytinburnu district on Friday while the late politician’s admirers held events in his memory all across Turkey.
A separate commemoration ceremony was held in the northwestern city of Bursa with the participation of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Erbakan’s son Fatih. In his lifetime, Erbakan was known for his efforts to improve ties with Iran and Arab countries. Ahmadinejad praised Erbakan as “a genuine statesman and Muslim [who] worked hard to keep our countries strong and prosperous.”
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