The Scarborough Muslim Association History
By the late 1970s a large number of Muslims had migrated and settled in the east part of Toronto which is known as Scarborough. Currently over 100,000 Muslims reside in Scarborough and this number is growing rapidly.
In the early 1980s, there was no permanent Masjid facility in Scarborough. Realizing this need, the Muslims in Scarborough formed a non-profit organization in 1981 with the sole purpose of establishing a permanent Masjid and Madrasah in Scarborough.
The Scarborough Muslim Association (SMA) rented a hall and started offering religious services. To accommodate a growing Muslim population, in 1992, SMA purchased land and a building at a cost of $3 million Canadian dollars, almost all paid for, by donations from the local Muslim community. The necessary renovations were carried out to the then existing building to provide prayer facilities and a Madrasah for our Muslim children.
Alhumdulillah as our families expand, more Muslims continue to immigrate to Canada, and as a result of the many daawah programs in Toronto, Islam is flourishing in North America. Consequently, the Muslim population in Scarborough continues to grow rapidly. The SMA provides the following services:
Jamiyah Islamiyah Abu Bakr:
SMA operates a regular five-days-a-week Madrasah (Maktab), with 2 sessions between the hours of 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Alhumdulillah over 400 Muslim children from the surrounding vicinity have the opportunity to take advantage of lessons in learning the Qur'an, Ahadith, Salaah, and Islamic morals and values for their social development. We also offer a full-time/part-time Alimiyyah Program and a full-time/part-time Hifz program for the memorization of the Holy Qur'aan for both boys and girls. The Madrasah comprises of a staff of over 30 well-qualified teachers to provide these services.
SMA Community Learning Centre:
We operate a learning center during the day to teach children Islamic and academic subjects in an Islamic environment under the supervision of qualified staff.
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 in the 90's and other critically sick children from around the world. We have raise funds for earthquakes and helped war stricken Muslims in Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, India, Turkey, Bosnia, Kosovo and others.
Marriage Performance and guidance.
Mental health support, 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