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Newsletter | February 24, 2023 | Sha'ban 3, 1444

Assalamu alaykum,

We have 15 updates to share with you in today's newsletter:

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

(2) 2022 Tax Receipts: we sent out all 2022 tax receipts via email.

(3) Ramadan Positions: multiply your rewards this Ramadan by getting involved at the masjid.

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

(5) Toddlers Halaqa: our next program for children aged 3 - 8 will take place this Sunday, Feb 26.

(6) Eating Disorders Workshop: learn more about identifying, de-stigmatising and addressing eating disorders on March 11.

(7) Seniors Fall Prevention and Balance Workshop: stay on your feet this winter with this important workshop.

(8) Helping Hands: our next feed the homeless program will take place this Sunday, February 26. Read more on how you can help!

(9) Teen Girls Talk: the AMA Big Sisters Club invites girls ages 13 - 18 to discuss and reflect on Mental Health and Deen this Saturday, February 25.

(10) Spiritual and Mental Health in Islam: learn about spiritual and mental health through an Islamic narrative.

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

(12) Youth Events: join us as we resume Youth Friday Soccer this week at Canterbury High School.

(13) Educational Programs: learn more about various Islamic educational programs at the AMA.

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

(15) 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

Since February 6, Türkiye and Syria have been hit by a series of devastating earthquakes taking the lives of over 40,000 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.
Over the past month, we have risen to the challenge. In support of the number of organisations on the ground in Syria and Türkiye, we have raised over $100,000. It doesn't stop here, the grounds may have shaken, but our resolve and faith remain firm. We are continuing to raise funds for our brothers and sisters afflicted by this calamity.

AMA deeply appreciates the support you have shown for our brothers and sisters overseas and we ask Allah to accept from us.

As the critical stage of the search and rescue operation draws to a close, we begin a new phase of rehabilitation and reconstruction. Items such as tents, sleeping bags and sanitary products now highly in demand in both Türkiye and Syria. We encourage you to 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, shoes, 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. 2022 Tax Receipts

We would like to inform you that all donation tax receipts for 2022 were sent by email. If you haven't received your receipt please check your junk folder.

If you have any questions you can email us at

#3a. Ramadan Volunteers

Zayd ibn Khalid reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever helps break the fast of a fasting person, he will have the same reward as him without decreasing anything from the reward of the fasting person.” [Sunan al-Tirmidhī 807]

We are looking to recruit volunteers for Ramadan, make the best of the best month, make a difference in the community, multiply your rewards. Will you sign up?

For more information, please feel free to email our volunteer coordinator at

Sign up by clicking the button below:
Click Here to Sign Up

#3b. Ramadan Childcare Position

We are looking to hire a sister for the position of Childcare worker during Ramadan pertains to caring for children during the night time Taraweeh prayers (on Friday and Saturday nights only).

The role is one that we take very seriously as it involves the responsibility of caring for young children whose safety and welfare are entrusted to the worker under AMA.

Key responsibilities include:
  • Supervise and monitor the safety of children at all times
  • Provide a safe and inclusive environment for play and activities
  • Set-up and organize the daycare area each night. This should be completed 45 minutes before the prayer time for Ishaa/Taraweeh
  • Clean up, sanitize and put away all supplies at the end of the evening, once all children have been returned to their parent(s)
  • Maintain a Registration List for drop-off and pick-up of the child(ren), including child’s name, age, any allergies or medical concerns, parent name, and cellphone of both parents at the mosque (to keep on silent and check regularly)
  • Help coordinate youth volunteers and assign them to small groups of children
  • Plan, lead and guide activities, including stories, games, crafts, etc. while ensuring they align with Islamic values and beliefs
  • Create and promote a positive social environment which includes sharing, cooperation, problem-solving, and respect for others in a diverse space
  • Remain professional at all times with regard to children, parents, volunteers and staff
To apply for the position, please email us at:
Click Here to Apply

#4. Stories of the Four Caliphs

This is the final weekend of our month long series about the lives of the four rightly guided caliphs, we cap off the program with the story of Ali bin Abu Talib (ra).

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

#5. Toddlers Halaqa

Our next Toddlers Halaqa for boys and girls aged 3 - 8 will be on Sunday, February 26th! Toddlers halaqas include Islamic stories, crafts and skits.

Here are the details:

Date: Sunday, February 26th

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Ages: Boys and girls aged 3 - 8

Location: Mezzanine level at Masjid ar-Rahmah (1216 Hunt Club Road)

Please Note: Parents are required to stay on the premises along with their children and no food is permitted.
Click Here to Register Today

#6. Spiritual and Mental Health in Islam

Join us Saturday March 4th from 6-7pm at the AMA Community Hall for a sessions with sr. Farah Islam on the topic of spirituality and mental health. Take this chance to nurture your mental health with Ramadan right around the corner. 

Farah Islam, PhD, is a mental health advocate, educator, and researcher. She explores mental health and service access in Canada's racialized and immigrant populations using mixed methods research and orients her research and community work around breaking down the barriers of mental health stigma. Dr. Farah joined Yaqeen as a senior fellow and is now the Director of Psychospiritual Studies.

Here are the details:

Speaker: Dr. Farah Islam

Date: Saturday, March 4

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (after Maghrib prayer)

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

Cost: Free

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

#7. Eating Disorders Workshop

Eating Disorders are serious but treatable mental illnesses that can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, racial and ethnic identity, or socio-economic background. Too many people with an eating disorder are never diagnosed but suffer significant personal and family distress. It's important to destigmatize, so people can take positive actions and get the help they need to make the most of their potential. 

Join us at the "Understanding Eating Disorders," workshop to learn about:
  • What constitutes an eating disorder, their symptoms, and consequences
  • Recognize the factors that may contribute to disordered eating
  • Identify preventative strategies and treatment options for disordered eating
Our speaker is Abeer Mourad, Registered Psychotherapist - Qualifying, who provides psychotherapy to individuals and groups for the treatment of issues relating to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, anger, procrastination, interpersonal relationships, ADHD, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.  She has worked extensively with clients with a history of trauma and is currently also a therapist at the AMA Counselling Centre.

We invite everyone interested in this topic to join us.

Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, March 11

Time: After Maghreb Prayer (Usman, do you have the times in March)

Location: AMA Community Centre

Speaker: Abeer Mourad (RP-Q)

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

#8. Seniors Luncheon

Join us for a Seniors gathering at the AMA Community Centre and enjoy lunch with your peers inshaAllah.

Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday, March 11

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: AMA Community Hall (1216 Hunt Club)

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

#9. 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 Saturday. We will promptly start at 12:30 PM, so please join us on time!

Topic: Mental Health and Deen

Date: Saturday, February 25

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 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

#10. Helping Hands

The Helping Hands program is back this Sunday, February 26. 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. 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.

#11. 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

#12. 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

#13a. 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

#13b. 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

#13c. Iqraa Southkeys

Iqraa Southkeys continues to offer Islamic studies and Qur’an recitation in person to our lovely students! Classes are small-scale to encourage students to memorize better. We still have spots remaining. Please contact us or register online.

Islamic Studies: Saturday from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM for Islamic Studies and Qur’an memorization, run directly under AMA. The fee for this portion is $225 per student for the full-year. (Taking into consideration the date the student will join).

Location: This year the classes will be held in person at Blossom Park Public School, 3810 Sixth St.

Registration: For the student to ensure a place in class, please send an e-transfer to with the Guardian’s name & child’s name included in the note.

If you have questions please contact

For more information, please visit

Click Here to Register Today

#14. 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

#15. 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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