Furthermore, we have reached out to the Islamic Center of Southwest Ontario and MAC, to engage in a strategic discussion on a strategy for the city in late September - early October. Both the Islamic Center and MAC are joining us in preparing for this discussion and we ask Allah Almighty to strengthen us in reaching out to our beautiful community. After we formulate a joint plan, we will all be requesting the community to engage in subsequent discussions. We would also like to invite the other Muslim organizations to be part of this activity.
The London Muslim Mosque has started planning its next wave of programs and activities, beginning with Eid-ul-Adha Prayer and Festivities. This is a good opportunity to remind you to take advantage of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijja, which begins in about two weeks, where the weight of our deeds and actions will be multiplied. Another event we are preparing for is the annual "Doors Open" event, Saturday & Sunday September 26-27, where we welcome members of the broader London community to visit our Mosque.
Lastly, great efforts have been put forward over the past few months to prepare our London Islamic School (LIS) for the upcoming new school year. We look forward to sharing some very exciting new details at the LIS in the coming days inshallah, stay tuned. Our Weekend Islamic School (WLIS) has added to its development a program for higher level Arabic learning as well as additional experienced teaching staff. The WLIS is accepting new students for their Saturday and Sunday program that starts in September.
Visiting the secretary or our online donation site atLondonMuslimMosque.wildapricot.org and offering monthly donations is always welcome. Helping to build this community is a responsibility that we must all participate in.
We ask Allah Almighty to bring us closer together and to help us continue sharing the message of Islam with fellow Londoners.
London Muslim Mosque
As we enjoy the last days of summer, we at the London Muslim Mosque reflect on our recent accomplishments and the time we have spent together with our community. We take great pleasure in having engaged students and families at our Winter Extravaganza and March Break Madness events as well as our various day camps. We have enjoyed hosting you at our Summer BBQ, Annual Multicultural Bazaars and International Food Fairs. We are delighted to have participated in city-wide events such as Doors Open, and London’s Clean and Green, and inspiring outreach initiatives including Interfaith Tree-Planting and our new Tea and Tour event. We take pride in our community’s sincere contributions to the Syrian and Palestinian relief efforts and to our London Islamic School and London Muslim Mosque Annual Fundraisers. We are humbled to be the oldest mosque in Ontario, the recipients of the CAM-D Accessible Facility Award 2015, and recognized by the Mayor and City Councillors, twice this year.
We also appreciate and commend the efforts of our brothers and sisters at the Islamic Center, MAC, Taqwa Schools, MYAL, and the Bosnian Center. We acknowledge that working together is a key component in our plan to succeed. Forming platforms to join together in planning and serving our community will have a positive effect on all, Inshallah.
We appreciate the momentum in our efforts to engage people through our services to our local Muslim and greater London community. We are eager to set new goals for ourselves to continue this drive forward, to seek the pleasure of Allah, All Mighty and to constantly renew our intentions. However, as we begin to prepare ourselves for a new year, filled with more educational, religious, social, and youth activities, we evaluate our current space and capacity requirements and limitations. We have begun a new venture with the prospective of purchasing Huron Heights School to meet the current demands of our London Islamic School and allow for more space at the London Muslim Mosque for more programming and events. In addition to the successful programs mentioned above, we plan to include more Islamic and Arabic educational classes for all ages, with possible accreditation. The need for day care services, expanding our elementary school, and possibly secondary schools will also be reviewed.
The conditional offer that the LMM has on the Huron Heights School is progressing positively. We have received and reviewed reports provided by the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB), which can be accessed on our website. We have also established a new email address, NewSchoolProject@LondonMosque.ca, to allow confidential and respectful feedback and correspondence regarding this new initiative. Both have been available on our website for the past few weeks.
As part of our due diligence, we have also contracted various companies to provide us with inspection reports, including those related to asbestos and other environmental substances. Many TVDSB schools in the city have previously used asbestos as an insulating substance and have not yet planned to remove them since the asbestos was sprayed. In addition to the building inspections, we are contracting engineering and environmental inspection companies to determine the degree of contamination to the boilers used for heating. Included in our efforts in determining costs of renovations, we have requested quotations from three different licensed asbestos removal companies. Furthermore, our LIS board members will be joined by a junior architect to advise on the sizing requirements for the potential classrooms, based on the number of students planned for each class. These processes require a great deal of attention, detail, and time, and are essential for our community to make an informed decision. We appreciate your attendance to our last town hall meeting regarding Huron Heights School. Your feedback and broad-ranging questions and concerns have been beneficial. As previously promised, we will provide all relevant information prior to calling our next town hall and general assembly as soon as we complete our evaluation process.
We aim to grow with the help of all of you, our community. We welcome the support of professionals in their respective fields who can help pave the way to success. Our efforts in hiring qualified and dedicated teachers as well as an effective and seasoned leadership team will elevate the LIS to a higher level. With growth, however, comes increase in expenses, which means that we will need to reach out to every individual to contribute to these worthy causes. Visiting the secretary or our online donation site at londonmuslimmosque.wildapricot.org and offering monthly donations is a great start.
مَّثَلُ ٱلَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمۡوَٲلَهُمۡ فِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنۢبَتَتۡ سَبۡعَ سَنَابِلَ فِى كُلِّ سُنۢبُلَةٍ۬ مِّاْئَةُ حَبَّةٍ۬ۗ وَٱللَّهُ يُضَـٰعِفُ لِمَن يَشَآءُۗ وَٱللَّهُ وَٲسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ
The likeness of those who spend their wealth in Allah's way is as the likeness of a grain which groweth seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains. Allah giveth increase manifold to whom He will. Allah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.
We appreciate your continued support and involvement. Please keep visiting our website, Facebook, Twitter and Proclamation newsletter to stay informed of our latest Huron Heights School project and community updates. Please also continue providing us with your feedback, as we strive to serve the community’s ever-changing needs, Inshallah.
Jazakum Allahu Khairun,
Chairman, London Muslim Mosque.