June, 2018, Mississauga
Anjuman-e-Fakhri organized an Eid function at their new masjid complex which was attended by federal and local elected officials, police and fire chiefs and the Pastor of Pentacosta Church. This function was to celebrate the newly constructed masjid complex which, at 47,000 sq ft, is the largest Dawoodi Bohra masjid in Canada and a unique cultural addition to the city of Mississauga and Canada.
Dignitaries who attended were:
• Mr. Gagan Sikand – Member of Parliament (Mississauga – Streetsville) – home of the new masjid.
• Ms. Iqra Khalid – Member of Parliament (Mississauga-Erin Mills).
• Councillor George Carlson – Mississauga Ward 11
• Councillor Carolyn Parrish – Mississauga Ward 5
• Chief Jennifer Evans – Peel Police Chief
• Fire Chief Tim Beckett – Mississauga Fire Chief
The function started with singing of ‘O, Canada!’ The national anthem of Canada, followed by Quran recitation and a poetic recitation by the children of the community.
The dignitaries were felicitated by Amilsaheb Sheikh Yusuf Shakir with a shawl and a frame of the Prophet Muhammed’sSA hadith, “Hubbul Watan Minal Iman” (‘Love for one’s country is integral to faith’).
MP Sikand brought with him personal Eid greetings from the Prime Minister, The Right Hon. Justin Trudeau PC MP and presented a signed copy of greetings from the Prime Minister to Anjuman-e-Fakhri.
MP Sikand also expressed his amazement at the architectural beauty of the Masjid and said, “At 47,000 sq this is the largest Dawoodi Bohra masjid in Canada and this is something to be truly proud of. Especially given that it was built by the constituents of Anujam-e-Fakhri. This is a true testament to the unity and hard work of your community and Canada is lucky to have you!”
MP Khalid also expressed similar sentiments in her speech about the masjid and the community.
Councillor Carlson shared some anecdotes relating to permissions for the masjid construction.
“The members of the Dawoodi Bohra community resident here in Mississauga strive to be worthy and contributing members of the Canadian Society and, in collaboration with our fellow citizens, hope to make a difference. This masjid with its unique architecture is our contribution to the cultural diversity of Canada.” said Anwar Bawangaonwala, trustee of Anjuman-e-Fakhri.
A brief presentation introduced the dignitaries to the culture and heritage of the Dawoodi Bohras and the works of SyednaTUS throughout the world.
The dignitaries were given a tour of the masjid and various exhibits introduced them to Faiz-ul-Mawaaid al-Burhaniyyah, tree planting and feed the sparrow initiatives.
The evening concluded with dinner.