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 the Scarborough area and this number is growing rapidly.
In the early 1980s, there was no permanent mosque 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 mosque and Islamic academic school 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 by donations rose from the local Muslim community. The necessary renovations were carried out to the then existing building to provide prayer facilities and a Madressa for our Muslim children.
Alhumdolillah as our families expand, more Muslims continue to immigrate to Canada, and as a result of the many dawah 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 Madressa between the hours of 5pm and 7pm. Alhumdolillah over 400 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.
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 raise funds for earthquakes and helped war stricken Muslims in Iran, India, 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