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Newsletter / December 24, 2022

Assalamu alaykum,

We have 10 updates to share with you in today's newsletter:

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

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

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

(4) Teens Girl Talk: the AMA Big Sisters Club invites girls ages 13 - 18 to discuss and reflect on relevant topics on December 30.

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

(6) New Job Opportunity at AMA: we're hiring a caretaker at AMA.

(7) Women's Fitness Classes: join now to meet your fitness goals and stay healthy.

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

(9) 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.  

(10) Neighbourhood Health & Wellness Hub: benefit from the COVID-19 clinic, parenting drop-ins and dental clinic offered by OPH at AMA. The next dental clinic is on Tuesday, December 6.

Read below for more details. 

#1. 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.

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

#2. 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

#3A. 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

#3B. 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

#4. Teens Girl Talk - Special Halaqa

AMA Big Sisters Club presents, "Teens Girl Talk," a safe space for young Muslimahs ages 13 - 18. Join us for a special halaqa during the holidays. We will promptly start at 5:00 PM, so please join us on time!

Next topic will be: Friendships - what are signs of negative relationships and how to look for friendship "green flags"?

Here are the details:

Ages: Sisters ages 13 - 18

Date: Friday, December 30

Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: AMA Community Centre (1216 Hunt Club Road)

Cost: Free Admission

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

#5. 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
To volunteer for the event, please click on the link on the button below.
Click Here to Volunteer Today

#6. 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

#7. 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

#8. 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

#9. 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.

#10. 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
September 7 - December 28, 2022
Best regards,
The AMA Team
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