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Newsletter | February 9, 2023 | Rajab 18, 1444

Assalamu alaykum,

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

(1) Earthquake Relief Fundraiser: we are raising funds to support the relief efforts in Türkiye and Syria.

(2) Preparing for Ramadan: the masjid is looking for volunteers to help clean and organize the AMA Centre prior to Ramadan. Volunteers seeking community service hours are encouraged to register.

(3) Stories of the Four Caliphs: join Sh. Abu Umar Abdulazeez as he delves into the lives of the four rightly-guided caliphs.

(4) Managing Diabetes in Ramadanlearn to manage diabetes while fasting, fast safely this Ramadan. Sessions available in both Arabic and English.

(5) Arabic Halaqa: join Sh. Ismail Albatnuni every Saturday after Isha for a halaqa in Arabic.

(6) Beyond the Shelters: learn more about the programming and services offered by Sakeenah Homes on March 1.

(7) Teen Girls Talk: the AMA Big Sisters Club invites girls ages 13 - 18 to discuss and reflect on Islam and Western Feminism this Friday, February 17.

(8) Classical Arabic Program: develop a foundation for understanding Classical Arabic with Sh. Munir Shalghum.

(9) Kids Arabic Halaqa: we are proud to present an Arabic halaqa for children aged 4 - 8.

(10) Youth Events: register for a new month of Friday soccer starting February 3.

(11) AMA Counselling Clinic: we are proud to provide a Counselling Clinic at AMA that is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

(12) Neighbourhood Health & Wellness Hub: benefit from the COVID-19 clinic, parenting drop-ins and dental clinic offered by OPH at AMA.

Read below for more details. 

#1. Earthquake Relief Fundraiser

On Monday, February 6, Türkiye and Syria were hit with a devastating earthquake registering up to 7.8 on the Richter scale. This historic disaster has taken the lives of over 7000 so far. 
إِنَّا ِلِلَّٰهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Five are regarded as martyrs: They are those who die because of plague, abdominal disease, drowning or a falling building etc., and the martyrs in Allah's Cause." [Sahih al-Bukhari 2829]

We ask Allah to shower his mercy on those who have been killed, and to grant them Jannat al-Firdous al-A'la. And we ask Allah to protect our brothers and sisters in Türkiye and Syria, to grant them safety and security, to place relief in their homes and in their hearts, to strengthen them with patience, and to make this difficult trial an expiation for their sins.

There are various Muslim organizations on the ground working to help those afflicted by this calamity; AMA is working with masajid across Ottawa and other charitable organizations to support those who have been afflicted. We kindly ask for your donations.

Over the weekend, we will be accepting clothing donations at the masjid. You can also support Diyanet Canada's clothing drive by visiting:

Turkish Assembly Centre
2212 Gladwin Crescent
Unit C8, Ottawa, ON
K1B 5N1

You can donate items including blankets, clothing, boots, shows, tents, diapers, sleeping bags, flashlights and sanitary items. Please note that used items are not accepted. The centre is open at the following times:

Weekdays 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Weekends 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

For PayPal and INTERAC e-Transfer donations please put 'For Relief Efforts' as the comment.
Click Here to Donate

#2. Preparing for Ramadan

The masjid is looking for volunteers to help clean and organize the AMA Centre prior to Ramadan. Volunteers seeking community service hours are encouraged to register.

Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, Feb 11 and Saturday, Feb 18
Time: 10 AM  - 2 PM
Location: AMA Centre
Volunteer Supervisor: Usman Qureshi (819 329-6387)

  • Organize the AMA Library and storage based on the directions of the supervisor
  • Discarding junk 
  • Cleaning surfaces, brooming, and mopping 
  • Labelling and sorting existing items
Please note: This position is for brothers only and may require lifting heavy boxes

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate us at

Register by clicking the button below:
Click Here to Register Today

#3. Stories of the Four Caliphs

Join Sh. Abu Umar Abdulazeez as he delves into the lives of the four rightly-guided caliphs. This lecture series will span the space of four weekends this February and everyone is invited to reap the benefits of such a renowned speaker.

Here are the details:

Instructor: Sh. Abu Umar Abdulazeez

Date: Weekends starting February 4 to February 26

Time: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (see poster for detailed schedule)

Location: AMA Community Centre

Cost: Free

Register by clicking the button below:
Click Here to Register Today
We are looking for volunteers to help with set-up and take-down for the event on all the days. If you're interested in volunteering, kindly send us e-mail at:

#4. Managing Diabetes in Ramadan

This year, we are collaborating with our community partners at SEOCHC, Canadian Arab Health Coalition and Ottawa Public Health to offer an online program for the Ottawa Muslim community.

Learn to manage diabetes safety during Ramadan with Sh. Ismail Albatnuni, Dr. Ahmad R. Tarakji and Lydia Nyarko.

Here are the details:

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: February 14 (Arabic), February 15 (English)

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cost: Free

To register for the event, click the corresponding button below:
Click Here to Register for the Arabic Session
Click Here to Register for the English Session

#5. Arabic Halaqa

Join Sh. Ismail Albatnuni for his weekly Arabic halaqa, every Saturday after Isha. The topic of discussion is Major Fitnahs.

Here are the details:

Date: Every Saturday

Time: After Isha (8:00 PM)

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

Cost: Free

#6. Beyond the Shelters

AMA is proud to partner with Sakeenah homes to bring you Beyond the Shelters, a workshop that will provide an overview of the services and programs offered by Sakeenah Homes.

Here are the details:

Date: March 1

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location: AMA Community Centre (1216 Hunt Club Rd.)

Cost: Free

Register by clicking the button below:
Click Here to Register Today

#7. Teen Girls Talk

AMA Big Sisters Club presents, "Teens Girl Talk," a safe space for young Muslimahs ages 13 - 18. Join us for a halaqa this Friday. We will promptly start at 6:00 PM, so please join us on time!

Topic: Islam and Western Feminism

Date: Friday, February 17

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: AMA Community Centre (1216 Hunt Club Rd.)

Cost: Free

Ages: Girls 13 to 18

To register for the event, please click on the button below:
Click Here to Register Today

#8. Classical Arabic Program

We are proud to announce that the Arabic Program is continuing in January 2023!

This course will give you a basic foundation for understanding classical Arabic and is divided into multiple parts, beginning with Level 1 for Beginners.

This course will be taught by none other than Shaykh Munir Shalghum.
  • To benefit from this course you will need to:
  • Know the Arabic alphabet
  • Be committed to attending the class each and every week
  • Have a goal for wanting to understand the Qur'an without needing an English translation
You do not need to know how to speak Arabic to enroll in this course. Our teaching method will benefit you even if you cannot speak Arabic. This course is beginner-friendly.

Here are the details for the upcoming Winter 2023 semester:

Instructor: Sh. Munir Shalghum

Date: Class begins on January 30, 2023

Time for Level 1: 8:15 - 9:15 PM each Tuesday and Thursday

Time for Level 2: 6:00 - 7:00 PM each Monday and Friday

Time for Level 3:  8:15 - 9:15 PM each Monday and Wednesday

Time for Level 5: 6:00 - 7:00 PM each Wednesday, and 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM each Saturday

Time for Level 8: 7:00 - 8:00 PM each Monday and Wednesday

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Cost: $350 for the term 

Register by clicking the button below:
Click Here to Register Today

#9. Kids Arabic Halaqa

You asked and we listened! AMA is pleased to offer our community a Halaqa specifically for young children in Arabic, ages 4 - 8, that will cover the topics of Aqeedah, Ibadah, stories of the Prophets (aws), Lessons from the Quran, Hadith and Seerah of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)

Registration is limited and only those who have been enrolled will be allowed to remain on the premises.
The Monday Kids Halaqa in Arabic will not take place on long weekends (following OCDSB holidays), nor Ramadan, nor the summertime.

The Halaqa schedule will be sent out by email after registration is complete.

Parents requested to drop off their child(ren) 5 minutes before the Halaqa starts and pick up their child(ren) within 10 minutes after the Halaqa is finished.

Here are the details:
Date: Mondays, starting January 30, 2023

Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Ages: 4 years old - 8 years old

Gender: Both boys and girls

Location: AMA Community Centre (1216 Hunt Club) 

Cost: $5 for each session (between 8 and 10 weeks)

Language: Arabic

Registration mandatory

To register for the event, please click on the button below:
Click Here to Register Today
الموضوع: حلقة للأطفال
2023 (التاريخ: كل  اثنين  مساء ابتداء من الاثنين 30 يناير(جانفي
الوقت: 6:30 مساء - 7:30 مساء
الأعمار: 4 سنوات - 8 سنوات
الجنس: كل من الأولاد والبنات
 العنوان : مركز  مسجد الرحمة 1216 هانت كلوب
التكلفة: 5$ لكل فترة بين 8 و 10 أسابيع
اللغة: العربية 
التسجيل إلزامي

سألتم واستمعنا !

يسرنا أن نقدم لمجتمعنا حلقة مخصصة للأطفال الصغار باللغة العربية ، الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 4 و8 سنوات ، والتي ستغطي موضوعات العقيدة ، العبادة ، قصص الأنبياء 
، دروس من القرآن ، الحديث والسيرة النبوية محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم
التسجيل محدود ولن يسمح إلا لأولئك الذين تم تسجيلهم بالبقاء في المبنى

لن تتم حلقة الاثنين للأطفال باللغة العربية في عطلات نهاية الأسبوع الطويلة (تتبعا لكل عطل  OCDSB), لا رمضان ولا الصيف.

سيتم إرسال جدول الحلقة عبر البريد الإلكتروني بعد اكتمال التسجيل
يجب على الآباء توصيل أطفالهم قبل 5 دقائق من بدء الحلقة واصطحابهم إلى منازلهم في غضون 10 دقائق بعد انتهاء حلقة

للتسجيل اضغط هنا اعلاه

جزاكم الله خيرا

#10. Friday Youth Soccer

AMA Youth is back Fridays at 8 to 10 with soccer for youth.

Here are the details:

Date: Every Friday from February 3 to March 10

Ages: Boys aged 9 - 13 and 14-18

Location: Canterbury High School

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Cost: $10/month

To register for the event, please click here:
Click Here to Register Today

#11. AMA Counselling Clinic

To help our community to rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19, AMA Centre has launched a Counselling Clinic as part of the Resilient Communities Fund from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). We work with trained Psychotherapists who integrate evidence based interventions (CBT, DBT, EFT, etc) in their client centred therapeutic approach, thus providing top-level care and service to clients. 

We currently offer appointments at select hours on Mondays and Thursdays. To book an appointment, please email

We would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support to help us create programs and systems to help our congregants and community to regain autonomy and self-sufficiency.
Click Here to Book an Appointment

#12. Neighbourhood Health & Wellness Hub

(1) Immunization – COVID-19

Tuesdays to Thursdays from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Closed 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)

(2) Parenting in Ottawa drop-ins

Wednesdays from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Best regards,
The AMA Team
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