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Newsletter / December 16, 2022

Assalamu alaykum,

We have 12 updates to share with you in today's newsletter:

(1) Friday Prayer Time Change: Khutbah will start at 12:15 PM. We advise the congregants to pay attention to the weather advisory tomorrow. 

(2) Newcomers Program for Women and Children: learn how to navigate the system and avail existing opportunities. Kids activities provided on-site.

(3) Before the Year's End: there is one more opportunity to donate in 2022 and to receive a tax receipt.

(4) Helping Hands: our feed the homeless program will take place on Sunday, December 18. Donate generously to our cause, more details mentioned below.

(5) New Job Opportunity at AMA: we're hiring a caretaker at AMA!

(6) Mental Health Workshops: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will take place December 18. 

(7) Winter Break Activities at AMA: read about the winter activities at AMA meant for the whole family!

(8) Intensive Tafsir Program: join Sh. Munir Shalghum for a weekend tafsir course on December 24 - 25.

(9) Youth Events: register for the next Boys Fun Day (ages 9 - 13) and Youth Night (ages 14+) on December 28.

(10) Grandparents & Grandkids Cooking Class: a fun-filled activity for the whole family!

(11) Women's Fitness Classes: meet your fitness goals and stay healthy.

(12) Weekly Halaqas: join us every Friday for Tafseer halaqa with Sh. Munir and every Sunday to learn the Fiqh of Business Transactions with Sh. Ismail.  

Read below for more details. 

#1. Change in Friday Prayer Times

There will be changes to the schedule for the Jumuah prayer to accommodate the needs of the congregation. The khutbah now begin at 12:15 PM promptly inshaAllah.

We also advise congregants to pay attention to the weather advisory tomorrow which predicts 15 - 25 cm of snowfall. To learn more, please click on the button below:
Click Here to Read More

#2. Newcomers Program

Are you a Newcomer to Canada?  If yes, please join us to help you navigate the system and learn about available resources, while enjoying a social time. Refreshments will be served. Kids crafts will be offered for ages 3 to 10 years old.

Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, December 17

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: AMA Community Centre (1216 Hunt Club Rd)

Gender: Newcomer women and children

To register for the event, please click on the button below.

Click Here to Register Today

#3. One More Opportunity to Give in 2022

With 2023 right around the corner, you still have an opportunity to donate and receive a tax receipt for 2022.

Sadaqa benefits the believer not just in this life but the next. The Prophet (SAW) said “Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire” (Hadith, Tirmidhi). 

We urge you to use this opportunity and help us raise $100,000 by Dec. 31, 2022.

As we focused on COVID-19 recovery, AMA:
  • launched the AMA Counselling Clinic to help community members improve their overall well-being
  • hosting 12 employment skills development workshops, 6 mental health workshops and 10 healthy living workshops
  • relaunched Al Bayan school in-person and hosted Iqraa School virtually where students registered to improve their recitation and memorization of the Holy Qur'an
  • served 134 seniors who participated in our fitness classes, educational workshops, recreational activities and outings
  • recruited 45 volunteers worked to beautify the surroundings of the Masjid, including establishing a vegetable garden and planting trees
  • organized the kids summer camp where 46 children enjoyed outings to the Science and Technology museum, Saunders Farm, Tubes and Jujubes and the Library
  • facilitated the youth summer camp where 43 youth spent a weekend developing their relationship with Allah (SWT) and brotherhood while having fun
  • hosted the biggest Qur'an Memorization contest where over 170 youth participated in the program
  • fostered an environment of learning through Islamic competitions and trivia who winners won prizes totalling over $2,000
  • recruited 164 volunteers who served the community diligently during the month of Ramadan 
  • spread the cheer of Eid through hosting 2 Eid bazaars, 2 Seniors Eid events, Sisters Gala, Sisters Youth Gatherings, and Eid festival that was attended by over 3,500 people
  • supported over 100 New Muslims and offered regular programming through mentorship, social gatherings, halaqas and Arabic classes
  • donated hundreds of meals to homeless shelters
  • continued Islamic development and Qur'an programs through offering 6 weekly halaqas
  • worked on Da'waa initiatives such as Doors Open Ottawa and the Multicultural Food Festival during Islamic History Month
  • hosted year long fitness programs for seniors, men, women and youth
  • hosted Intensive Islamic learning programs, for example, the Seerah course and Islamic Marriage Course
  • ...and much more!
We need your support to successfully reintroduce all the programs and services that were halted due to the pandemic. We rely on your incredible support, our beloved community members, to have a strong recovery and prepare for the return to 100% capacity and operations.
Here are important dates to keep in mind for giving donations before the end of this month:

Donating online: the deadline will be midnight on December 31. You can give your gift with a single donation here or a monthly donation here
Donating with interac e-transfer: you can send your e-transfer to If you are a first-time donor, please include your contact info in the note so we can provide you with a tax receipt.

Donating in person: you can donate up until Isha prayers before the masjid closes on Friday, December 31. 

Mailing a cheque: cheques must be received before 5:00 PM EST on December 31. As for cheques received after that time, it needs to be with a 2022 postmarked envelope to be eligible.

Your contribution is truly making a difference in the lives of many people. Your support will enable our team to continue to provide programs and services for our community in 2023 and beyond.

#4. Helping Hands - Feed the Homeless Program

Abdullah bin 'Amr bin Al-'as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

A man asked Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), "Which act in Islam is the best?" He (ﷺ) replied, "To feed (the poor and the needy) and to greet those whom you know and those you do not know."

The Helping Hands program is back this Sunday, December 18. Firstly, we want to thank the community for their generous contributions! Due to regulations, we must continue to buy food from restaurants for future Helping Hands events.

If you have suggestions or special ties to any restaurant that can sponsor future Helping Hands events, please let us know. This program would not be possible without your kind donations.You can send your donations by email transfer to: ($5 or $10 donations would be greatly appreciated). Please make sure to specify it is for Helping Hands in the e-transfer message.

We also need drivers to deliver the food. Please email us at if you can drive the food to a shelter.

Lastly, we need your dua to ensure the program continues to thrive and help the needy in Ottawa.

#5. Job Opportunity at AMA

You can apply to be a Caretaker at AMA, and earn the ajr caring for the House of Allah (SWT)!

Here are the details:

Job Title: Caretaker

Job Description: As part of this position, you will be maintaining the cleaniness and upkeep of the masjid and facilities, which includes winter maintenance. 

To learn more about the position, please click on the button below:
Click Here to Learn More

#6. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Mental Health Workshop

Cognitive Behavior Therapy is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), how we feel (emotion) and how we act (behavior) are interconnected. Therefore, negative and unrealistic thoughts can cause us distress and result in problems.

Learn how to deal with cognitive distortions to improve your mental health and overall wellbeing on Sunday, December 18 at the AMA Community Centre. This event will also be livestreamed.

We would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for sponsoring this workshop.

Here are the details:

Title: Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Speaker: Rabah Musa (Registered Therapist - Qualifying)

Date: Sunday, December 18

Location: AMA Community Centre (1216 Hunt Club Rd)

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Language: English

To register for the event, please click on the button below:

Click Here to Register Today

#7. Winter Break Activities at AMA

Join us at AMA and participate in fun programs with the whole family inshaAllah! To read more about the programs, please keep scrolling.
Click Here to Register for the Events

#8. Intensive Tafsir Program with Sh. Munir Shalghum

Learning tafsir develops a deep bond in a believer's heart with Allah (SWT). It pushes one's heart and mind closer toward the word of Allah (SWT) and forces us to stay on a straight and righteous path.

Join us this winter break and spend time learning the tafsir of Surah Maryam to internalize its beautiful lessons and reminders. This course will be taught by our beloved instructor, Sh. Munir Shalghum.

Here are the details:

Topic: Tafsir of Surah Maryam

Speaker: Sh. Munir Shalghum

Date: Saturday, December 24 - Sunday, December 25

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: Main Prayer Hall at Masjid Ar-Rahmah

Cost: Free Admission

Ages: Everyone is invited
Click Here to Register Today

#9A. Boys Fun Day

We have a fun event for boys 9 – 13 prepared for you.

There will be lots of great activities which include indoor games, ping pong, and free pizza.

Here are the details:

Date: Tuesday, December 27

Time: 12:30 PM (Dhuhr prayer) - 4:25 PM (Maghrib prayer)

*Please Note: It is important for parents to pick up their children on time

Ages: Boys 9 - 13 years old

Location: Community hall of Masjid ar-Rahmah (1216 Hunt Club Rd.)

Cost: Free

You can register for the event below or on-site.
Click Here to Register Today

#9B. Youth Night

AMA Youth Committee is pleased to announce our next back to the masjid event for boys!

Join us for an evening of free food and games with your fellow brothers!

Register for free online or on-site.

Here are the details:

Date: Tuesday, December 27

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Age: Boys 14+

Location: Community hall of Masjid Ar-Rahmah 

Cost: Free!
Click Here to Register Today

#10. Grandparents & Grandkids Cooking Class

AMA is pleased to offer a cooking activity for grandparents and grandchildren! This is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your family.

Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday, December 28

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Chef Hanen El-Mejdoub

Menu: Sweet treats!

Location: In-person at AMA Community Centre (1216 Hunt Club Road)

Language: English & Arabic

Cost: Free

Registration Deadline: Sunday, December 25 at 11:59 PM. Limited spots available

Further Details: You will be sent a list of ingredients and cooking utensils on Sunday, December 25.

Sign-up to join us online and lets cook together!
Click Here to Register Today

#11. Women's Fitness Classes

Are you looking to get healthier with minimal effort? Join us and our instructor, Dianne Thompson, to get fit from the comfort of your own homes.

Here are the details:

Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday starting January 10 - March 9

Time: 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Instructor: Dianne Thompson

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: $54 for 18 classes. That's $3 per class only!
Click Here to Register Today
Further Information: You will receive an email with the link to join the class the day of the fitness program.

Please print and fill out the following mandatory form and send it to before the first session:
Mandatory Form for All Registrants
If you are pregnant then please fill out the following form:
Mandatory Form for Pregnant Women

#12. Weekly Halaqas at AMA

Join us every week to benefit from learning under Islamic teachers and Shuyookh to further our relationship with the Qur'an and improve our understanding of the deen.

Wednesday: Sisters Halaqa with Sr. Zienab Ellabib in Arabic.

Friday: Tafseer of Surat as-Sajdah (Chapter 32) with Sh. Munir Shalghum at 8:00 PM offered in-person at Masjid Ar-Rahmah and virtually via Zoom. Registeration is required.
Click Here to Register Today
Saturday: Qur'an Classes for Convert Sisters with Sr. Zienab Ellabib at 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM via Google Meets. Registeration is required.
Click Here to Register Today
Saturday: Sisters Halaqa with Dr. May Almadhoun at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Masjid Ar-Rahmah (Mezzanine level).

Sunday: Qur'an Classes for Convert Brothers with Br. Hadi El-Mais at 10:30 AM at Masjid Ar-Rahmah. Registration is required and limited spots available.
Click Here to Register Today
Sunday: Halaqa on Fiqh of Business Transactions with Sh. Ismail Albatnuni after Isha Prayer at Masjid Ar-Rahmah.
Best regards,
The AMA Team
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