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AIC Reopening Notice | Jummah Prayer Update (November 3, 2021)

Selamun Aleykum,

Anatolia Islamic Centre is excited to announce that with the latest COVID-19 reopening guidelines from the Ontario government, the fully vaccinated jama’ah can now perform the Jummah Prayers with capacity restrictions removed (pray shoulder-to-shoulder). As for the Unvaccinated/Not-Fully Vaccinated individuals, special area will be designated for ONLY online registered jama’ah with social distancing rules in place. REGISTRATION is still MANDATORY for everyone.

If you are fully vaccinated and willing pray shoulder-to-shoulder with Jama’ah, you must present the Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR code for scanning upon arrival. Click here to download the vaccine certificate.

Before attempting to register, please complete COVID-19 SCREENING QUESTIONNNAIRE.

Please read the guidelines shared below for your and other’s safety. You must register online and agree to the terms and conditions outlined below. All individuals attending Jummah Prayers will need to register online on a first come first served basis; the 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:

We urge all our attendees to help us by following the below guideline:

  • Online registration is mandatory for everyone.
  • If you’re fully vaccinated, please have the QR code on your enhanced vaccine certificate ready to be scanned. Third party vaccine proof will not be accepted.
  • Bring your proof of registration when you arrive at the door for check-in
  • Do NOT come if you are feeling sick, or having any symptoms of illness, or have any pre-existing conditions that put into the high-risk category.
  • You must bring your own masks, prayer mat, chair, and a bag for your shoes.
  • Please make Wudu at home.
  • 6 foot (2 meters) social distancing enforced for Unvaccinated / Not-Fully Vaccinated Prayer areas.

Jummah Prayer Details:

  • First Jummah: Khutba 12:30 PM | Salah 12:45 PM
  • Second Jummah: Khutba 1:30 PM | Salah 1:45 PM
  • Online Registration for Jummah Prayers will take place every Thursdays at 8pm
  • You must bring the online reservation ticket with you and have your QR CODE ready to be scanned (printed or via mobile device).
  • If you are attending as a Fully Vaccinated Individual with no Social Distancing rules, the Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate must be presented with QR code for scanning upon arrival.
  • We will not allow congregants without registration and/or enhanced vaccine certificate (no exception)

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.

Thank you for your understanding!

AIC Management

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

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