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AIC Reopening Notice | Jummah Prayer Update (June 12)

PRESS RELEASE

June 10, 2020

RE: Anatolia Islamic Centre Phased Reopening Notice 

Esselamun Alaykum Dear Community Members;

We are pleased to announce that Anatolia Islamic Centre will reopen on Friday, June 12th inshAllah. Our Phased Reopening will start with the Jummah Prayer at 1:30pm. Please read the guidelines and the disclaimer carefully below.  All individuals attending Jummah will need to pre-register ONLINE on a first come first served basis; the online link will not accept further entries once the limit has been reached as per the guidelines provided by the provincial government. For more information about the provincial guidelines, please visit this link: ontario.ca/covidsafety.

RULES TO FOLLOW:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. You must bring a PRAYER MAT with you and fold it appropriately so inside does not touch the outside.
  3. Make WUDU AT HOME. Use of WASHROOMS is not allowed.
  4. MAINTAIN 6 FEET (2 m)  distance from everyone at all times.
  5. USE HAND SANITIZER  before leaving your car and after you touch any surfaces within the mosque.
  6. When entering the mosque, please proceed to one of the marked spots on the floor.
  7. Bring a plastic bag with you to put YOUR SHOES and take it with you and keep these next to you.
  8. LEAVE IMMEDIATELY after performing fard salah. Sunnah or nafl prayers should be done at home.
  9. DON’T CROWD around any spot within or outside the centre or in the parking lot.
  10. If you are OVER 65 YEARS of age, or UNDER 16 YEARS of age you are respectfully asked to not come.
  11. 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 mosque.

Appeal for the Mosque:

If anyone has any critical cleaning/disinfecting supplies at home, please share with the mosque as these will be immensely helpful in keeping your brothers and sisters safe.  These could include:

  • Hand sanitizers
  • Disinfecting wipes and sprays
  • Non-surgical masks
  • Gloves

The Mosque 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 mosque. 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 mosque.

We pray that Allah (SWT) will make it easy for all of us and keep everyone safe.

***JUMMAH PRAYER ONLINE REGISTRATION UPDATE***

Online Pre-registration is required to attend the Jummah Prayer.  

You are only allowed to register two 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 mosque and there is no exception.  There is limited capacity for the Jummah Prayer so please register during the announced time frame.

  • Jummah Prayer: Khutba  1:30 PM | Salah 1:45 PM 
  • Online Registration will take place on June 11th
  • Online Registration time slot is between 8pm – 10pm
  • You must bring the online reservation ticket with you (printed or via mobile device).
  • Please arrive only 10-15 minutes prior to the start time

Please use THIS LINK TO REGISTER (link will be available between 8pm-10pm on June 11).

 

Sincerely,

AIC Administration

PRESS RELEASE #2: AIC Closure Notice Due to COVID-19

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.

Sincerely,

AIC Administration

Press Release#1: JUM’AH PRAYERS CANCELLED AMID CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS!

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.

Sincerely,

AIC Administration

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.

 

 

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