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“Places of Worship Tour of York Region, October 20, 2016”
Islamic Society of Markham (ISM) was selected along with other religious denomination’s places of worships in GTA for a visit from Her Honour, the Honourable Dr. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Officer of the Order of Canada, Member of the Order of Ontario, honoured with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Colonel of the Regiment of The Queen's York Rangers and an Honorary Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police.
Accompanying her Honour was ISM’s fast friend Chief of York Region’s Police Eric Jolliffe, O.O.M., BA, MA, CMM, Deputy chiefs Andre Crawford and Thomas Carrique, Superintendents, Inspectors, Sergeants, detective constables and other staff.
Among the attendees, in addition to ISM’s Board of Directors, were Imams and Maulanaz Abdur Rasheed Matadar, Imran Khan, Zeeshan Kassimuddin, Arif Desai, Ilyas Jasat and Ibrahim Bhemat, Chairs of ISM committees, core volunteers and prominent community members.
Our guests were given the tour of the mosque, were explained the purposes and uses of our and were served with breakfast refreshments catered by Faisal Malik’s Paramount Fine Foods before the start of the program. The purpose of the visit was to learn about Muslim Religion and the importance of Mosques.
ISM’s Founding Director, Treasurer and Director of Public Relations, Mr. Ehsanullah Ehsan CPA, CA, CMA was the Master of Ceremony (MC) who gracefully introduced and welcomed the esteemed guests, After Mufti Zeeshan’s recitation Maulana Imran Khan spoke about the Five (5) Pillars of Islam and gave a short and beautifully put forth speech about Islamic values of peace and harmony. The MC then called upon Dr. Najmul Siddique, Zaheeruddin Syed and Mohammed Z. Ansari to present ISM’s token of appreciation being beautifully decorated baskets of gifts (Elegantly prepared by Maulana Imran Khan’s wife) to Her Honour Dr. Elizabeth Dowdeswell , Chief of Police and Sergeant Paul Chiange. The English versions of the Quraa’ns were presented to Deputy Chiefs and Superintendents.
The program was conducted by the MC in a superb fashion, we all thank him for his untiring efforts just for the sake of Allah swt and the Muslim community. The program started at 10:00am and adjourned with closing remarks by ISM other Founding Director Mansoor Aziz at 11:00am.
The Islamic Society of Markham, by the Grace of Allah SWT, completed construction of the First Masjid in the Town of Markham in the year 2005. The Masjid is located at the intersections of Denison St. and Middlefield Rd.
The Municipality of Markham is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada and Muslims make up a large part of the growth. Most of the Muslims in this community are first generation immigrants from all over the world, who started settling here in the early nineteen eighty's and are primarily professionals and working class people.
Jam'e Masjid Markham has become a focal point for the Muslims of Markham. It is centrally located in the midst of a Muslim community and services the religious, social and recreational needs of this community.
In addition to the five daily prayers, two Jumah services are conducted each Friday both to a full house of worshippers. The Masjid conducts classes in Islamic education for young children, and hosts Spiritual enrichment events, many of which are led by world renowned Islamic Scholars.
The Islamic Society of Markham runs a full time school for Muslim children which offers combine the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum with Islamic studies. The Quranic classes offers during evenings and Sunday mornings.
Insha’ Allah, future plans include facilities for funeral services and senior home services for elderly Muslims.
ISM maintains excellent relationships with Community Leaders, Law Enforcement Officials, the Markham-Stouffville Hospital and other community service providers to foster multi-cultural awareness and appreciation, and to represent the Muslims in Markham as exemplary members of the community. We also support many charities and worldwide disaster relief efforts.