[Nov 2] EC Update

[Nov 3rd] Time Change

When: Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Please note time saving will be in effect as of Sunday, November 03, 2013. All prayer times will move back by one hour. Jummah prayer will be at 12:50 PM. Sunday Quran classes will begin at 11:00 AM and end at 1:00 PM.

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MIA Volunteer Awards

The MIA Eid Dinner, under the theme of “Volunteers We Regard” was successfully held on Saturday October 26 at the Grand Mosque. During the dinner six community volunteers were recognized. On behalf of MIA, the awards were presented to the volunteer by two community elders: Dr. Farouk Chebib and Sr. Haseena Asgharali, both veteran volunteers and residents of Winnipeg since the sixties.

Award recipients:

Br. Muhamed Haniff.

A community elder and long-time resident of Winnipeg. He has volunteered for giving regular jummah khutba, leading the Eid prayer in the late 1980s to early 1990s when there was no Imam nor enough Khateebs in the city. His Khutbas were informative, inspiring, easy to understand and unifying.

Br. Abdulrahim Abduljabar.

Long time Winnipeg resident and certified accountant by profession. He served as MIA treasurer on the MIA Executive Council, and served as the first Chair of the Internal Audit Committee established in 2012. For years Br. Jabar has been volunteering in giving accounting advice free of charge and acting as a liaison with external auditors. He was instrumental in formulating internal accounting policies and procedures for MIA. He has always been a reliable and dependable source of expertise and professional advice.

Br. Khaled Al-Nahar


Br. Khalid served as MIA treasurer for an Executive term for two terms. For years he has served as chair of the Takaful Fund Committee. He has been instrumental in keeping the Takaful working efficiently and attending to the hundreds of requests for help received by MIA. The Takaful Fund provides a vital service and Br. Khaled’s leadership was of great value.

Br. Jameer Ur Rahman.
Br. Jameer is a long-time community elder and resident of Winnipeg. He has volunteered for years in cleaning and maintaining the Hazelwood masjid, organizing iftaars in Ramadan, and helping in distributing Qurbani during Eid Al Adha.

Sr. Yasmin Ali

Sr. Yasmin served for many years as teacher and principal at the MIA Al-Noor Weekend Islamic School. She has been instrumental in keeping the school fully functional and consistent. Sr. Yasmin also serves as a board member of the Manitoba Muslim magazine. She is in charge of editing the magazine and her contributions to the magazine have been of great value. Yasmin also chairs the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute (CMWI) and provides vital service to new women immigrants, including food distribution and vocational training.

Dr. Sabiha Haseeb

Sr. Sabiha has served as an MIA Executive Council member for many years. Sr. Sabiha, alongside her late husband Br. Haseeb, played a pivotal role in collecting funds for the completion of the Grand Mosque. She chaired a committee of sisters that for years continued to raise funds through bake sales, fundraising, penny drive, brick sale, etc. Sabiha and her team’s efforts provided a key source of revenue in generating funds for the Grand Mosque.

Food catering:

Eid dinner food was delicious. It was catered by Shawarma Khan.

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Teachers for Quran classes

The MIA Al-Fajr Quran Institute, is seeking volunteer teachers to meet the growing needs of the students enrolled in Sunday Quran class. Female or Male teachers are required for teaching at various levels every Sunday for 2 hours before Zuhr. If you are interested to be part of this noble undertaking, please contact: office@miaonline.org

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Renovation update of the Hazelwood Mosque

A new pathway has been opened at the Hazelwood Mosque through the back entrance of the sisters. This path will make it easy for the sisters to access the back entrance from Hazelwood Avenue. As well, the stairs has been temporarily repaid to be finished next summer. Further, new grass sod has been put on the Hazelwood side of the lawn. Moreover, brick walls have been added on the side of the walls. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped in completing this project.

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Happy New Hijri year

The new Hijri year 1435 is tentatively expected to begin on Tuesday November 5, 2013. The MIA EC would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of our community a happy and prosperous year. Here are some tentative dates of important events during the year.

  • Day of Ashura (Muharam 10): Thursday November 14, 2013
  • Beginning of Ramadan: Sunday June 29, 2014
  • Eid Al-Fitr: Monday, July 28, 2014
  • Day of Arafa: Saturday October 04, 2014
  • Eid Al-Adha: Sunday October 05, 2014