The history of the Scarborough Muslim Association (SMA) dates back to the 1970s, when a large number of Muslims had migrated and settled in the east part of Toronto which is known as Scarborough. As the Muslim community in 1980s grew in Scarborough and since there was no permanent mosque facility in Scarborough, realizing this need the Muslims in Scarborough realized the need for a formal organization and this led to the formation of the Scarborough Muslim Association (SMA) a non-profit charitable organization in 1981 with the sole purpose of establishing a permanent mosque and Islamic academic school in Scarborough.
The Scarborough Muslim Association (SMA) rented a hall and started offering religious services and as the community grew to accommodate a growing Muslim population, it was at this point the SMA started to look for a permanent place of worship and other activities, in 1992 SMA purchased land and a building at the current location at a cost of $3 million Canadian dollars. With the generosity of the community most of the cost was paid by the donations raised from the local Muslim community. Upon acquiring the property necessary renovations were carried out to the then existing building to provide prayer facilities and a Madressa for our Muslim children.
As the existing building of 8,000 sq ft in size could not accommodate more than 1500 worshippers, therefore two congregations had to be held on Fridays, Eidain and special occasions. Often musallis had to pray in the outdoor parking lot, which became inconvenient and frustrating especially during the cold winter months. With a flow of 1500+ worshippers and a rapid growth of the Muslim population in the surrounding area SMA was again in a desperate need of a bigger space to serve the community better whereupon to reconstruct the premises was not possible as the existing building required major repairs and extensive maintenance due to its age.
To fulfill the community's growing needs SMA in 2004 envisioned and initiated plans for a new mosque and school site at its existing location. An outline of the plan was as follows:
- A new building of approximately 42,000 sq. ft.
- Prayer facility to accommodate 2500 worshippers
- Full-time academic school from kindergarten onwards in an Islamic environment
- Larger classrooms for evening madressa and Qur'anic classes
- Gymnasium for youth development
- Enhanced funeral and burial facility including ghusl for deceased Muslims - Parking facilities to facilitate the larger number of musallis
- Outdoor playground for full-time school students
Alhamdulillah, the vision for the Scarborough Muslim Association (SMA) become a reality with the grace of Allah (SWT) and help from our Brothers and Sisters from within the Scarborough community and beyond at a cost of $8 Million Canadian dollars. We were able to hold our grand opening in 2010 and, since then, it has been used regularly for the services mentioned above today SMA has a staff of 65 or more with over 1000 students enrolled in different programs. It is now a focal point of activities for the Muslims in Scarborough.
Some of the services SMA provides are:
Old picture of Abu Bakr Siddique Masjid.
Abu Bakr Siddique Masjid Now.
Jamiyah Islamiyah Abu Bakr:
SMA operates a regular five-days-a-week Madressa between the hours of 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Alhumdolillah over 500 Muslim children from the surrounding vicinity have the opportunity to take advantage of lessons in learning the Qur'an, aHadith, Salah, and Islamic morals and values for their social development. We also offer a Hifz class for the memorization of the holy Qur'an. The Madressa comprises of a staff of 20 well-qualified teachers to provide these services.
SMA Community Learning Centre:
We operate a learning centre during the day to teach children Islamic and academic subjects in an Islamic environment under the supervision of qualified staff.
Abu Bakr Education Academy:
SMA operates Abu Bakr Education Academy to establish an education system that provides students the foundation to excel beyond their potential in line with Ontario curriculum coupled with higher moral values to be exceptional Muslims and Citizen of the country in this rapidly changing world offering classes from JK - Grade 8.
SMA has in the past and continues to be in the forefront to help victims of natural disasters around the world. We have helped raise funds for the conjoined Siamese twins (the Jamal sisters) from Pakistan and other critically sick children from around the world. We have raised funds for earthquakes and helped war stricken Muslims in Myanmar, Syria, Iran, India, Palestine, Turkey, Bosnia, and Kosovo.
Family crisis and youth counselling.
Liaison with Government agencies for support services for Muslims.
Funeral and burial services.
Counseling for Muslims in prisons, establishing Islamic libraries in prisons, providing halal food to Muslim prisoners particularly in the month of Ramadan