Our motto, SNMC belongs to you, me and us as well as progress and success through community services. We adopted open communication. When any new musallee comes to snmc, the imam, and management talk with the person, enquires about him.
With obtaining CRA charity status in 2007, we started working to build the mortar and brick masjid and community Centre until it was completed in December 2014. Now focus is to to strengthen Muslim community boding by providing family counseling, marriage and match making, programs for kids, youths, brothers, sisters and seniors .
We also make sure a person from any ethnicity or any fiqh feel welcomed. In SNMC management also, we have brothers and sisters from different fiqh and ethnic background. We also worked out to balance even in prayer timing blending multi fiqh and even in all activities we put a team of multi ethnic back ground.
We realized simply offering prayer services, it will be difficult to attract families to come to masjid. We started to provide spiritual services as well as education, sports and social services to attract the families. As immigrants, we have job issues and job search, resume writing, networking, families adapting to Canadian societies keeping Muslim identity. Established tutoring support for our kids in mathematics, sciences, English and French.
The aim was to attract the whole family, brothers, sisters, kids as a family unit to SNMC masjid and community center by proving services. We also realized SNMC is too small to work alone on providing family service, so we looked for joint partnership with other Muslim community organizations, formed, United Muslims Organizations Ottawa Gatineau (UMO-OG).
We the management thought as Muslims what we can achieve and give back to the mainstream Canadian Society, the family values, and moral and ethics. We started networking with mainstream community organizations, city, provincial and federal elected representatives. Also built interfaith dialogue with local churches, temples and synagogues.
One of the challenges we have today as migrants to transfer Islam to our children- as Muslim minority. Even, Prophet Yacoub (AHS), at the time of his death, gathered his children and asked them “What will you worship after my death?” as that was his main concern. To transfer Islam to our kids, SNMC runs Saturday school in Quran and Islamic Studies as well as the native languages of Bangla, Urdu, Arabic and Somali. We also have additional Quran learning and memorization for the kids on Fridays. A large number of parents are balancing by letting the kids to go to morning secular school as well as Saturday Islamic school and Friday Quran memorization school.
Also in SNMC sisters took a lot of initiatives. We have sisters’ regular Halaqa, and social evenings, food festivals, and fund raising activities. Also Asma Khan, my wife, was all along with us in community potluck, food festival, fund raising, and project activities which helped us in realizing the project during 16 long years.
We in SNMC strongly believe there is no going back home, Ottawa-Gatineau is our new Medina and we have to continue to work together to become contributing law abiding Canadian Muslims keeping our Islamic identity.