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Ottawa Gatineau Muslims Community Builders: Br. Syed Mumtaz Akhtar and Sr. Khadija Haffajee

By Dr. Emdad Khan.

We all know how the above two sacrificed life long to build the Ottawa Gatineau community. We are working with UMO-OG to develop a process to preserve the memory of important community leaders. May be develop a website like Ottawa Gatineau Muslims.UMO-OG.ca

We all will be happy to note that our future generations will know the sacrifice of earlier Muslims in the twin city of Ottawa Gatineau. Alhamdu Lillah after a big sacrifice in Quebec City Muslims now got January 29 as Muslims Remembrance Day and Actions against Islamophobia.

Few community members also suggested under UMO-OG, we should create an Ottawa Gatineau, city wide, advisory committee, to identify and record the profiles of important community leaders who have contributed to develop and uplift the status and organizations in Ottawa Gatineau.

We put here  brief contributions of Br. Mumtaz and Sr. Khadija.

Syed Mumtaz Akhtar has been involved with the Ottawa Gatineau Muslim community for the last 40 Years. He was the founding member and/or president / Chairperson of several Muslim organizations – Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA), Sadaqa Food Bank, Human Concern International (HCI), Canada Pakistan Association (CPA), and the Jamiatul Muslimeen of Ottawa Carleton (Jami Omar). Br. has had roles in the Canadian Muslims National Steering Committee for Bill C-36 and C16 and the Community Policing Action Committee.

Br. Mumtaz came to Ottawa from Pakistan to Ottawa Canada in the 1960s as a young man to study, got married to Sr. Talat in the early 1970s and their three daughters were all born in Ottawa. He died peacefully, after suffering from cancer, on Wednesday, January 28, 201 while performing maghrib prayer around 5:15pm.

Khadija Haffajee was a pioneering Ottawa Gatineau Muslim Community Leader. She died peacefully, after a brief illness, on the evening of September 17, 2020. Born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She moved to Ottawa, Canada in 1966.

She spent over 50 years living and working in Ottawa. Khadija devoted her life to the care and well being of Ottawa Gatineau Muslim Community. In 1997, she was the first female elected to the Board of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and served as Treasurer at the Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA), and president of the Women’s Auxiliary.  Sr Khadija worked with Afghan refugees in Pakistan and worked on CIDA funded projects in Afghanistan. She went on a lecture tour of Malawi and Zimbabwe and represented Canadian Muslim women at the UN conference on Women in Beijing China.  She attended the International Muslim Women’s Union in Sudan, and the World Conference on Religion and Peace in Amaan Jordan.

She served as a board member of the Multicultural Advisory Committee at CHEO, and a member of the Spiritual Care in Secondary Schools’ Coordinating Committee. She empowered young Muslim women to rally and organize the Expressions of Muslim Women event, celebrating Muslim female achievements in the Arts. She has given lectures on Islam in many schools, churches and universities locally, nationally and internationally. She mentored university and college young women and reverted through study circles, book clubs, etc. She leaves behind a devoted husband Dr. Mazhar Hasan, her sister Zohra Haffajee, nieces and nephews.

 

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What Should We Eat? – GEMS Event 1

The SNMC GEMS are happy to invite you to another exciting event “What Should I Eat?”. Let’s learn how to eat healthy and be strong and reflect on how Islam encourages us to be healthy and strong Muslims.
Please join us to learn new skills while having FUN!
Date: Sunday, February 7th, 2021 (10 am- 12 pm)
Age: Girls and Boys 5y to 10y old (the Sapphires)
Location: Virtual!
Registration required!
Sing up at: https://tinyurl.com/youth5-10yrs
Registration fee: $5. If siblings: $7 for two; $10 for three and $15 for four.
Payment is mandatory to finalize the registration
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The Registration for this event is now open and will close on Sunday, January, 31st at 11:59 pm (or before if the event reaches capacity)!
If you have any questions or concerns please email us at: youth_snmcgems@snmc.ca
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My Healthy Body – GEMS Event 2

The SNMC GEMS are happy to invite you to another exciting event “My Healthy Body”. Let’s learn how to eat healthy and be strong and reflect on how Islam encourages us to be healthy and strong Muslims.
Please join us to learn new skills while having FUN!
Date: Sunday, February 7th, 2021 (5-7 pm)
Age: Girls 11+ (the Pearls and Rubies)
Location: Virtual!
Registration required!
Sign up at: https://tinyurl.com/girls11plus
Registration fee: $5. If siblings: $7 for two; $10 for three and $15 for four.
* Payment is mandatory to finalize the registration*
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The Registration for this event is now open and will close on Sunday, January, 31st at 11:59 pm (or before if the event reaches capacity)!
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2020 Tax receipt

SNMC has been issuing 2020 CRA tax receipts since early February 2021. If you need to update any information on your donor profile (i.e., mailing address, e-mail address, phone number etc.), please send the up-to-date information along with the previous one to info@snmc.ca.

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CBET Event: Peace of Mind, Tranquility, Less Worries under Covid 19

January 28 Thursday 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

Covid-19 has affected us as individuals, families, communities and countries
Alhamdu Lillah, CBET with HCI, CBMC, Sukara and Love, Peace & Harmony put an amazing program,
Have Peace of mind,  Tranquility,  Less Worries Under Covid-19
On Thursday 6.30pm  to 7.30pm January 28,2021
With 5 motivational speakers
1) Dr. Majeed Muzakir, Ottawa Family Physician,
2) Sr. Richee Kamal, Ambassador, Love, Peace, Harmony
3) Sr. Siham ElKassem, Toronto Child and Family Therapist
4) Dr. Faisal Arif , Ambassador, Suakara
5) Sr. Mahmuda Khan , ED, HCI
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House for Sale-Longfields-Barrhaven

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Updated Prayer Registration Information

Starting Sunday, January 3, SNMC will release the prayers’ spots every two days.

In order to make things easier and give more people the ability to pray at the masjid at least once every two days, SNMC has made the following improvement in the system:

Every daily prayer is grouped with the same daily prayer of the following day.

You can still book spots for more than one daily prayer. So for example, you can book for Fajr, Zuher and Isha on the same day or over the two grouped days, but you cannot book at the same time Fajr for the next day and the day that follows.

We would like to remind the community that if you book a spot and then you find out that you will not be able to use it, please release it so that someone else can grab it and pray at the masjid.

We are constantly improving the booking system and the way the prayers are organized. Please be patient with us. We ask Allah to help and guide us.

We would like to thank our software developer volunteers for their continuous work to make matters easier for the mousaleen and more manageable on the ground. Jazakoum Allah khairan.

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