المركز الاجتماعي الإسلامي القلم

ALQALAM

Islamic Community Center

رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً
وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Our Lord! Grant us goodness in this world and goodness in the Hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the Hellfire [2:201]

THE BEST DAYS OF THE YEAR

The month of Dhul-Hijjah is one of the most sacred months in the Islamic year. The first ten days are especially beloved to Allah, making it a special time of amplified blessings and multiplied rewards. Comparable to the last ten nights of Ramadān, the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah is a unique opportunity for all of us to make amends, strive towards goodness, and devote ourselves to the worship of Allah in every sense of the word.

 

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than in these ten days.” (Bukhāri)

 

This upcoming Monday, July 19 is the awaited Day of ‘Arafāt –  a day in which Muslims throughout the world are encouraged to fast and supplicate to Allah in solidarity with the pilgrims performing Hajj.

 

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was asked about fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah. He (ﷺ) said: “It is an expiation for the sins of the previous year and the current year.” (Muslim)

 

The Prophet (ﷺ) also said:

“The best invocation is that which is made on the Day of ‘Arafah…” (Tirmidhi)

 

May Allah shower all of us with His immeasurable mercy, and guide us to make the very best of this wonderful spiritual season. Amīn.

 

 

EID PRAYERS (Tuesday, July 20, 2021):

 

Alhamdulillah, Alqalam Islamic Community Center is pleased to announce that we will be having TWO (2) congregational prayers for ‘Eid-ul-Adhā.

 

Inshā-Allah, the first prayer will be held at 6:30am, and the second prayer will be at 7:15 am.

 

All are encouraged to come early so as to avoid overcrowding and to take part in the Takbirāt.

 

With the current restrictions in place, it is necessary for everyone to bring their own prayer mat, wear a proper face mask, and maintain social distancing as much as possible.

 

ISLAMIC SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Looking to help your child reconnect with the masjid and revive the spirit of Islamic learning? Sign up for our Islamic summer school program!

Classes are being held from Monday to Thursday until the end of August, bi ithnillah.

LATEST LOCKDOWN-RELATED UPDATES:

In compliance with the Government of Ontario’s lockdown restrictions mandated to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19, our center remains open with the following conditions:

  • All are required to maintain social distancing (at least 2m) from others. Unfortunately, this includes during prayers. If the center is full, kindly come back later.
  •  All persons entering or remaining in the premises must wear a mask or face covering as required under City of Toronto by-law 541-2020.
 
  • All congregants must bring and use their own personal prayer mat. Disposable paper mats are available as needed.
 
  • All are requested to seek further guidance with regards to the latest health recommendations as per local health authorities.
 

NOTE: All individual visitors to the center are collectively responsible to amicably uphold the aforementioned rules for the greater benefit of the community. If not, the center may be forced to close indefinitely.

REMINDER:  If you have traveled internationally within the last 14 days, have been exposed to someone properly diagnosed with COVID-19, are vulnerable due to underlying health issues, or are experiencing ANY symptoms of illness, please pray at home and seek medical advice.

FRIDAY PRAYERS:

  • Unfortunately, due to the current government-mandated measures in place, our Friday prayer services (Salat-ul-Jumu’ah) are limited.
  • We are doing our best to accommodate all who wish to attend.  If you come and find the door locked, please wait patiently – DO NOT knock on the door or tap on the window. 

May Allah forgive us, and alleviate us of the tribulations that have befallen us so that we may establish prayers and worship Him in the way that pleases Him most. Amīn

PRAYER TIMINGS APP

Looking for a fast and easy way to keep up-to-date with our center’s prayer times? Download the MyMasjid app, and have access to iqama times directly on your phone.

Whilst enjoying the summer months, it is important to always be aware of when and where to pray as you go about your day.

 

HADITH REMINDERS

Join us throughout the week for brief, well-needed, practical reminders based on the Qur’an and Sunnah.

 

 

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT

We are currently developing our  website to keep our community up-to-date. Please pray for its successful completion – the work is very slowly but steadily in-progress!

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OUR FULL-TIME IMAM

Shaykh Aamir was officially appointed as our full-time Imam since April 2020. We are pleased to have him with us.

 

OUR FACILITIES

By the grace of Allah, our center comfortably accommodates both brothers and sisters respectively for all five daily prayers and other important religious services.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT

ALL PERSONS ENTERING OR REMAINING
IN THE PREMISES MUST WEAR A
MASK OR FACE COVERING WHICH COVERS
THE NOSE, MOUTH AND CHIN AS REQUIRED
UNDER CITY OF TORONTO BY-LAW 541-2020.

ANNOUNCEMENT

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful:

Considering the current government restrictions in relation to COVID-19, please note the following:

So long as the mandated precautionary measures can be properly upheld, Alqalam Islamic Community Center will be OPEN for congregational prayers. Within the limits, all other programs, services, and activities are being maintained as much as is safely and practically possible, walhamdulillah

*In addition to the aforementioned requirements, all visitors to the center are asked to uphold the following recommendations:

1. Please perform wudhū beforehand as the communal washroom and wudhū facilities are ideally not to be used, although they are available for those who need to use them.

2. Avoid hand-shaking and all other forms of unnecessary physical contact with others whilst on the premises.

3. If you wish to read the Qur’an, please bring a personal pocket-sized copy or use your phone. Do not touch any of the books on the bookshelves.

4. The center is open from 1:30pm until after Isha prayers.

5. If the center reaches maximum capacity at any given prayer time, the doors will be locked until the prayer is finished. Those who wish to wait outside are requested to avoid crowding the area, or disturbing others by tapping on the glass. If one finds the door open but the maximum capacity has already been reached, such an individual must leave immediately and is encouraged to wait outside if it is deemed safe to do so.

In addition to the above measures, please earnestly turn to Allah, increase in your supplications, seek forgiveness, recite the Qur’an, give charity, and busy yourself with other good deeds whilst avoiding sin.

We ask Allah to heal those who are sick, to protect those who are healthy, and to save us from all harm in these unprecedented times.

May Allah reward you for your patience, understanding, and continuous supportAmeen.

 DISCLAIMER: Failure to comply with the above measures and additional directives by the authorities, our Imam, and volunteers may result in legal consequences and/or denied entry. While public safety is our highest priority, we can not guarantee anyone safety from COVID-19 or any other health-related issues. Alqalam Islamic Community Center shall not be held liable for any health complications arising from visiting our facility. Any congregant or visitor who wishes to attend does so at their own risk. If any visitor(s) to the center or community member(s) fails to act responsibly, the center may be forced to employ tighter restrictions or officially close to the general public.

PRAYER TIMINGS:

For all prayers, we are striving our utmost to accommodate everyone to the best of our ability, whilst ensuring to uphold the law and maintain proper safety. If the center has reached maximum capacity given the mandated restrictions, please come back at a later time.

Please be considerate – DO NOT tap on the window and disturb those who have already started praying. If you notice that the limit has already been reached, please exit the building until a space opens up.

May Allah reward you for your understanding.

*Presently, the center is open from 1:30pm until shortly after Isha prayers are finished.

*Prayer time changes are typically announced on Saturdays, to be implemented on Sundays

 

رَبَّنَا لا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِنْ لَدُنْكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ اَنْتَ الْوَهَّابُ
Our Lord! Do not let our hearts deviate after You have guided us! Grant us Your special mercy, for You are indeed the Grantor of all bounties.
[3:8]
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