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March 15, 2014 
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A proposed Muslim condo complex is sparking heated debate in Thornhill Woods, with hundreds of residents cramming a raucous community meeting Tuesday night to speak out about the development.

 

Both religious tensions and concerns about density have been stoked by the proposal, which would place two 17-storey residential towers, retail space and 61 townhouses in the low-density neighbourhood.

 

The Islamic Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat (ISIJ) has submitted a proposal to rezone and develop its 11-hectare property at 9000 Bathurst St., south of Rutherford Rd. The new Islamic community would be built around the Jaffari Centre mosque.

 

"This project is very important to us," ISIJ president Shabbir Jeraj said in a news release. "It is a realization of a long-awaited dream and the vision of the members of the community, many of whom initially participated in the purchase of this property some twenty years ago."

 

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Registration for the Madinah al-Ilm and Bab al-Ilm Qum Summer Camps 2014, launched by NASIMCO, in conjunction with The World Federation, is now OPEN.

 

To apply for the Qum Summer Camp 2014 kindly register hereThe deadline to apply is April 1st, 2014. There are limited spots available, so book your spot now.

 

Community Event - Allentown

Umoja Games is offering scholarships of $100 - $1,000 for the boys and girls of the community. Scholarship applications are being accepted from March 10, 2014 to April 17, 2014, apply at www.umojagames.org/scholarships

 



Scholarship recipients shall be announced at the Umoja Games 2014 which is being hosted by Allentown Jaamat on May 17-18, 2014.

New Library - Allentown

With a grant from NASIMCO and donations from well wishers, the Allentown Jamaat opened a fully furnished library at the Al-Ahad Islamic Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania on the wiladat anniversary of Bibi Zainab (a.s.). The library will be open to the entire community and will hold large volumes of topics on religious learning.

 

The custom-built library includes bookshelves and cabinets, laminate flooring and elegant furnishings. A computer has also been installed in order to maintain a book catalog system as well as electronic Islamic resources. 

 

Al-Ahad members, administration, and students are very grateful and enthusiastic. Al-Ahad Learning Center principal, Brian Anthony said that the new library will open up fresh learning possibilities for students and adults alike.  


Community Member Receives Award

One of our community members, Al Hajj Mustafa G R Jaffer, was recently awarded the "Building a Peaceful Community" Lifetime Community Service Award by the Muslim4Peace Organization at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Al Hajj Mustafa Jaffer has long been committed to serving the community in Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam and then in New York where he served as a Jamaat President. He has also served as a councilor for NASIMCO and The World Federation.  

 

You can read more about other award recipients and Al Hajj Mustafa Jaffer here