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Brantford Mosque meets with Mayor to discuss Syrian Refugee resettlement plan

November 25, 2015 - Brantford, Ontario:  Executive committee members of the Muslim Association of Brantford (MAB) met with Brantford Mayor Chris Friel and Aaron Wallace, Manager of Strategic Planning and Community Development this evening to discuss resettlement of Syrian refugees in the Brantford area.  The Canadian government announced on Tuesday that 10,000 refugees will arrive in Canada by December 31 (mostly privately sponsored), and another 15,000 (mostly government sponsored) by the end of February and possibly through 2016.  MAB expressed its readiness to welcome the refugees to Brantford, as well as provide vital translation services to other agencies, resettlement and integration services in coordination with other agencies and church groups.  The former Greenwich Restaurant building, next to the Brantford mosque, was acquired by MAB several years ago and turned into a community centre where the incoming refugees will be able to receive english language instruction, counselling, and integration/settlement seminars. Please stay tuned for more updates.

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  • Family Halaqa with Sh. Tarek and Potluck Dinner
    Insha Allah, our biweekly family halaqah will resume from tomorrow, after Ramadan. Come out to the Mosque for an evening of discussion and knowledge with Sheikh Tarek. This program is beneficial for all ages, so please bring your family. It is a potluck dinner as well. Bring ample food to share with others.
    Saturday, July 16, after Asr @7:30pm
    Topic: "Istikharah: How to and Why?"

    You may have many questions about Istikharah. Is there any relationship between dream and Isltikharah. What if the outcome of act is not good even after Istikhara? What is the sound way of doing Istikharah? Join Sh. Tarek tomorrow after Asr with family and friends to know more about Istikharah.
    This presentation will have two parts. The first part will focus on the ritual of Istikhara. which includes
    • Meaning of the word "Istikhara"
    • The technicalities of Istikhara
    • Procedure of Istikhara
    • Concept of Istikhara
    • Outcome of of Istikhara
    The second part of the lecture will focus on the purpose of the istikhārah which includes
    • Explaining the meaning of the supplication of istikhārah
    • Beauty of the supplication of istikhārah
    • Understanding the supplication of istikhārah
    • The purpose: why we even do istikhārah?
  • Summer Camp A four weeks long summer camp will begin from Monday Aug 1, Insha Alllah. It will be full of activities and fun for our children and youth. Please contact Sh. Tarek for details.
  • Sponsor a Syrian Refugee Family- Support our Syrian Refugee Program
    If you are interested in sponsoring a Syrian Refugee family please contact us ASAP. With partnership with ICNA Relief Canada, we are planning to sponsor at least 2 families.
  • MAB Evening School
    In Sha Allah from Monady April 25, 2016, we are extending the evening school to five days from Monday to Friday with the following two options:
    MAB evening school will have two sections:
    1. Our current evening school of Every Monday and Thursday taught by Sheikh Tarek continue as usual.
    2. MAB is adding an addition school Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday taught by Imama Arshad and Imam Arbaz.
    Both sections come under MAB evening school. Parents and students have choice to join either one section or both sections.
    We are starting the new set-up from Monday April 25, 2016, Please email or talk to Br. Naser, Br. Mazher or Br. Khalid if any questions or concerns.
    For registration if you want to register for Monday and Thursday evening school please contact Sheikh Tarek.
    For Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday school registration please contact Imam Arshad or Imam Arbaz.
  • YMCA of Hamilton | Burlington | Brantford in partnership with the Muslim Association of Brantford is offering a Homework Club in support of local immigrant youth. Homework Club is for immigrant students in grade 3 to grade 12. Homework Club sessions will be held every Monday 4pm to 6pm @ Islamic Centre 200 Greenwich Street, Brantford from October 26th 2015 onward. Registration is required. For more information, please call 519.752.4568, EXT 45. Click this link to view the flyer.
  • Program for New Muslims! Every Friday after Jumuah @2:30 pm
    This is a free program for New Muslims. All New Muslims are welcome! Please contact Sh. Tarek for details.

Imam's Message

Assalamu Alaikum Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 

May Allah reward you, Abdul Sattar Edhi

Abdul Sattar Edhi came from a poor family. Almost illiterate growing up, not able to go to any University, and working as a poor factory worker, he decided at the age of 20, one year after his beloved mother died, to make a difference in the world. Not having anything to give, he gave his love and service and dedication.

He says of his own experiences, "I didn't want to beg to get money; I wanted to teach my people to be generous on their own." And that is exactly what happened. For decades, he slowly created a name for himself as being the one who would take care of any abandoned child, or help any sick person, or take care of any impoverished family, without concern as to the creed, color, religion or race of the one in distress. Eventually, money came to him from all places in the world, and all of it he gave back, wrapped in his love and served with his dedication. His simple lifestyle is a manifestation of that sincerity - to the day that he died, he owned but two garments.

As far back as I can remember, I always heard his name mentioned with the utmost of honor and respect, amongst all of my family and circle of friends, in gatherings public and private. And today, as we all mourn his death, and pray that Allah blesses him and exalts his ranks, we see truly what inspires people to love. We see the single sure way to earn the genuine respect and admiration of humanity, and, we hope, rewards with the Divine.

Today, all that knew him and his works - and I mean *ALL* that knew him and his works - mourn his loss together. Helping others selflessly is the language of all religions and peoples, and it is the essence of true spirituality.

What a giant amongst men, and how immense the vacuum that he has left for us to attempt to fill!

May Allah reward you, Abdul Sattar Edhi, for all that you have done, and for showing us that humans such as yourselves - living, walking saints - can exist.

With Salam,
Abu Noman Tarek

Some useful links for the community

Newcomerconnections.ca Newcomer Connections is a website that helps newcomers who make Brantford-Brant their home. It provides newcomers with information on local services and resources available in Brantford-Brant. Visit the immigration website at  www.newcomerconnections.ca and send your questions and suggestions to immigrationportal@brantford.ca.

Grand Erie Immigration Partnership The Grand Erie Immigration Partnership is involved in planning and implementing activities promoting the economic and social integration of newcomers/immigrants. To learn more please visit us at this link .

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The Masjid

The masjid is a sanctified area, in which the rewards of prayers in congregation increase 25 to 27 times and where the mercy of Allah descends. It is considered the best of places by the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him).

Ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) relates:

"Masjids are the houses of Allah on the earth. They shine up to the inhabitants of the heavens just as the stars in the sky shine down to the inhabitants of the earth."

A true masjid, in the legal sense, is a place that has been permanently dedicated to Allah for the sake of prayer, recitation, and His remembrance. Any piece of land that has been dedicated permanently for the sake of congregational prayers will also become a proper masjid..