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Friday, July 30, 2010

Islamic Society of Toronto (Masjid Dar Us Salaam): Muslim Cemetery Project

Islamic Society of Toronto

A Muslim Cemetery Project:

Allah states, “And indeed We have honoured the Children of Adam”

(Surah 17: Verse 70 )

Islamically the above verse implies that human beings are sacred creatures whether they are alive or dead. In other words, this means that the human body must be treated with the utmost respect not only when it is full of life, but also when it is lifeless as it is in Trust. Funeral rites and practices must be carried out with care and in accordance with Qur’an and Sunnah. One of these main mandates is the proper & respectful burial of a deceased person.

There are now nearly half a million Muslims in Ontario. As per recent history, for over 40 years Muslims have been living in Canada and the Muslim population has dramatically increased in the last two decades. For decades, Muslims have been buying burial plots FOR ONLY BURIAL RIGHTS at inflated prices from private owned cemeteries that are run as businesses for the sole purpose of making a profit. Although various cemeteries have allocated plots to the Muslim community, we will soon witness these plots deplete as the Muslim population continues to grow and the population of senior Muslims increase. As the number of burial plots decrease, we have witness that prices have sky rocketed and will continue to steadily increase.

To alleviate this problem, embarking on a cemetery Project FULLY OWNED, Managed and operated by Muslims is the best sensible solution. Not only it would significantly increase the number of affordable burial plots available for Muslims today and for future, but it will provide us with much more flexibilities to practice Qur’an and Sunnah.

Since the said Muslim cemetery is intended to run as a not-for-profit purpose, as much as possible. As a result the cost of a burial plot would decrease tremendously, i.e. would be as low as 50% coupled with compliances of Islamic philosophy. For example, today the cost for a burial plot and services can be as high as $4000. So taking all expenses into account, a burial within Muslim owned cemetry would drop to as low as $1500 to $2000 approximately, in addition, the Muslim community would have sole ownership of the land and this would allow us access to the cemetery at any hour. Currently, cemeteries, like businesses, are open between certain hours and are not accessible, creating delays to the burial of the deceased. A Muslim cemetery would give us a lot more flexibility and thus satisfy Islamic codes and procedures including the burial of the deceased as soon as possible without unnecessary delay.

Due to current government laws in Ontario, such as the Oakridge Moraine Act and Green Belt Act, it is next to impossible to purchase land not zoned and then zone it for cemetery. Responsible authorities to zone it are unwilling to developing more cemeteries. If at all it is to be zoned, the time and cost associated with such process with high uncertainities, it is not viable for the Muslim community to undertake it. Based on these facts, the wise decision would be to purchase land already zoned for a cemetery which is very limited. As a result, Alhumdulliah, IST is very fortunate to have purchased a zoned property that is expected to be operational by the spring/summer of 2011.

The Muslim community should acquire a cemetery of their own for the many benefits that we can each attain from it. It would benefit us as we age, and would most importantly benefit our future generations of Muslims. As a spiritual benefit, the Prophet (SAW) has informed us of the benefit of visiting cemeteries: “I strongly recommend visiting them, for that makes the heart tender and the eye shed tears and it reminds us of the Hereafter.”

Grave Subscription Scheme

Islamic Society of Toronto has initiated a grave subscription scheme which will entitle the participate to ONE grave plot at the Muslim Cemetery. For the initial phase of the project the price is set at a very reasonably low-cost and will increase substantially thereafter.

Cost for one Grave Subscription: *$700 per plot

Initial Grave Subscription released : *3500 plots

Location : Leslie and Bethesda

*Note : The Price for each subscription will increase substantially after the initial release

complete the form to join.

Islamic Society of Toronto, Masjid Dar Us Salaam

4 Thorncliffe Park Drive
Toronto, ON, Canada
M4H 1H1
Phone: 416-467-0786
Fax: 416-467-0787

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Preparing for Ramadan 2010 / 1431 (program) - Islamic Institute of Toronto: Sat. Aug. 7th - 7-10pm

Preparing for Ramadhan: Sat. Aug. 7, 7 pm – 10 pm

As we draw closer to the blessed month of Ramadhan, it is only befitting that we prepare ourselves intellectually, spiritually and emotionally to ensure that we derive the maximum benefits that this month has to offer. In this program, our esteemed scholars will explore the meaning, objectives and inner dimensions of fasting in the month of Ramadhan, and will take us on a journey of understanding the divine revelation, its prominence in our lives and how best we can translate its worldview, values and obligations in our individual and collective lives.

: Shaikh Ahmad Kutty, Imam Dr. Hamid Slimi With recitations by Qari Mustafa Esharif and Qari Walid Salem

Free admission, light refreshments

Ramadan 1431 - preparations have begun

The IIT has already begun preparations for this year's Ramadan - the first day of fasting is August 11, and the first Tarawih will be on August 10.

In addition to Tarawih, Jumu'ah and Eid Prayers, we will offer a comprehensive Ramadan program, including the following:

An evening lecture and fiqh session on Saturday, August 7: Preparing for Ramadan
Lecture and Iftar program on Saturday evenings during Ramadan
• Special Youth Sessions on Friday afternoons (from Salaatul Jumu'ah to Salaatul Maghrib)
Qur'an Recitation and Memorization classes with our guest Qurra'
• Collection and distribution of Zakaatul Maal and Zakaatul Fitr
• Weekly internet radio broadcasts, as well as broadcast of all lecture programs

Details on these and other programs will be made available soon, inshaAllah.

As with previous years, we would like to offer an opportunity to our community to sponsor the above programs, including the weekly iftar program. If you wish to sponsor any of the above programs, please contact the office for more details.

2010 / 1431 Ramadan (Toronto) preparation - Virtual Quran and Listen to the Quran

In preparation of the holy month of Ramadan, please find here the Quran in an easy to read "virtual" format - as if you're holding the Quran in your hands.

To listen to the Quran (Suras 1-114) with multiple language translations during the holy month of Ramadan - please go here:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ja'me Abu Bakr Siddique Masjid, Scarborough - Grand Opening: Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 1:45pm

Ja'me Abu Bakr Siddique - Grand Opening

Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 1:45pm

The Scarborough Muslim Association proudly invites all brothers and sisters to attend this auspicious occasion in presence of well known International and local scholars. Separate arrangements have been made for sisters. Dinner will be served after the program.

Click here to find out more details.

Guest Speakers:
Shaykh Abdullah Patel Kapodrawi (Canada)
Shaykh Sayed Abdul Majid Nadeem (Pakistan)
Shaykh Shoaib Desai (U.K)
Shaykh Rafik Sufi (U.K)
Shaykh AbdurRahim Limbada (U.K)

Grand Opening
Sunday, August 1, 2010
After Zuhr Salah
(Salat-ul Zuhr 1:45 pm)

Scarborough Muslim Association, Jame Abu Bakr Siddique Masjid
2665 Lawrence Ave. East
Scarborough, ON
M1P 2S2
Tel: (416) 750-2253
Fax: (416) 750-1616

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

2010 / 1431 Ramadan (Toronto) timetable / calendar - Jam'e Masjid Markham - download Ramadan timetable

click on the above to download timetable (pdf file)
(if you do not have Adobe Reader - click here)

2900 Denison Street

(Denison St. & Middlefield Rd.)

Markham, ON L3R4J8

Jamia Islamia Canada: Mississauga - Shabe e Barat program - Monday July 26th

Phone: (905) 279-3040
2380 Tedlo St. Mississauga ON L5A 3V3

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pickering Islamic Centre: 5th Annual Carnival - Sun. July 25th 2010 - 2-7pm

Pickering Islamic Centre
2065 Brock Road North
Pickering, ON, L1V 4H7

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hamilton Mountain Masjid, Hamilton: July 23rd, 2010 - live lecture with Dr. Farhat Hashmi

An Evening with Dr. Farhat Hashmi

Hamilton Mountain Masjid, Hamilton, ON

23 July, 2010 | Asr to Maghrib

For Details, Click Here

Al-Huda Islamic Centre of Canada
5671 McAdam Road.
Mississauga, ON
Canada L4Z 1N9
Tel: 905-624-2030

Friday, July 16, 2010

Meadowvale Islamic Centre - Sat. July 31st - Meadowvale Family Carnival 2010 - 11:30am to Maghrib salat - Erindale Park

Meadowvale Islamic Centre

6508 Winston Churchill Blvd.
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 3W4
Phone: (905) 824-2604

Meadowvale Islamic Centre: Sunday July 18th - 6pm - guest speaker: Shaikh Ibrahim Madani

Meadowvale Islamic Centre

6508 Winston Churchill Blvd.
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 3W4
Phone: (905) 824-2604

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Markham Masjid: 2010 Summer School - July 5 to August 6

Islamic Society of Markham

2900 Denison Street,
Markham, ON L3R4J8
Telephone: 905.294.7866
Fax: 905.472.8702

Pickering Islamic Centre - Garage Sale - July 10 - 8am to 1pm

Pickering Islamic Centre

2065 Brock Road North
Pickering, ON, L1V 4H7

Islamic Institute of Toronto: Annual Picnic - Sunday July 25, 12 pm - 5 pm

Annual picnic - Sunday July 25, 12 pm - 5 pm

Bring out your family to enjoy a day of food and fun - burgers, fries, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, fruit, freezies and more!! There will be fun games for the kids and inshallah everyone will have a good time!

Kids' rides, games & activities + food. Sponsorship sought for rides, games & activities - please contact brother Mohamed Mobeen (416-566-1550) or brother Fareed Amin (416-208-0158).

Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT)
1630 Neilson Road
Scarborough, ON
M1X 1S3
Phone: 416-335-9173
Fax: 416-335-9208

Listen to and Read the Holy QURAN

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