The constant influx of Muslim families into Thorncliffe park, Flemingdon Park and St Denise area continues and increases the diversity of our community. The Islamic Society of Toronto-Masjid Darus Salaam is committed to provide quality services to members of our community. The community’s contribution is essential in this time of tremendous growth and progress. Come and join the effort as we all grow together. There are approx. 40,000 Muslims living within 5 kilometers radius.
Islamic Society of Toronto is formed, established Sunni Muslim Not for Profit Charitable organization also known as Masjid Darus Salaam. “IST”, is a registered charitable organization with the Canadian government as well as with Revenue Canada. (Canadian Charity Registration# 892522566RR0001) The Islamic Society of Toronto has been an established organization in the Greater Toronto Area since 1995, Place of worship, Islamic Education, full time/part time Hifz, full time Alim/Alima programs, evening Madrasah, youth programs, summer programs, sister circle program and many more initiatives and projects.
MISSON STATEMENT: Islamic Society of Toronto is a non-profit organization with an aim to help Muslims practice, guide, promote Islam by providing place of worship, educational and institution for the promotion of Islamic values in the community and to work with the local government to fulfill needs of the Muslim community. Our organization endeavor to give unselfish and compassionate help to the community, and to connect and exhibit Islam through instructive and social exercises. Also, IST propagate and spread Islam & Islamic values in local community.
Goals and Objectives:
- To help Muslims in Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park & vicinity to carry out Islamic activities in pursuit of the complete Islamic way of life.
- To establish, operate and manage place of worship in the Islamic way and to establish facilities, Madrasah, and religious education.
- To provide and guidance for marriages in accordance with Islamic Principles and traditions.
- To propagate and promote Islam and to publish Islamic books, literature, and maintain a library for related purposes.
- To carry on religious, charitable, and other Islamic activities.
- To help establish strong peaceful and harmonious relations with other communities at large.
- To work together with other similar organizations for the betterment of humanity.
Brief History OF “IST”
Since the early 1970s, when some of us moved to East York, the only borough of Canada, the Muslim Population has grown steadily but substantially. The unique location of Thorncliffe Park & Flemigdon Park, offers many alluring features in which to live, work, and do business and such as a result of which today some 25,000 Sunni Muslim families living in East York. This makes the Muslim population as one of the most density populated in any city within grater Toronto and one of the fastest growing North American Muslim community.
We have been renting various facilities for our daily and Friday prayers, Taraweeh in the month of Ramadan as well as our evening after school program for our children. This lack of our own Place of Worship, religious education and a center from where all the social as well as religious needs can be fulfilled was causing tremendous difficulties and quite honestly was reaching to an alarming level in keeping Islam in the Muslims of today and Muslims of tomorrow.
In addition to safe guarding Islam in the Muslims of today and tomorrow, we have strong opportunities to propagate Islam in non Muslims as well as to defend Islam from those who occasionally but systematically try to discredit and spread hatred against Islam and Muslims.
Alhamdolillah, by the grace of Almighty Allah (SWT), in 1995 Muslims of East York purchased 4 Thorncliffe Park property suitable for a Islamic Centre and religious education as well as a center which can provide a place for preaching and teaching of Islam to Muslims and non Muslims in the community.
Profile of Organization: The Muslim Population in East York, has grown steadily since 1970 when the influx of Muslim immigration began. The unique location of Thorncliffe Park Drive offers many alluring features in which one could live, work and do business, and as a result of this today some 40,000 Muslims living within a 10 km. radius of Thornecliffe Park.
Current property was purchased in 1995 and since then yet the Muslim population keeps growing. IST boasts its presence among passionate brother and sisters of Islam. Serving tirelessly to accommodate and quench the competing thirst of Imaan and Yaqeen (Faith and Trust). Our community holds more than 3000 people during back to back Jum’ah (Friday) prayers and counts more than 6000 people on EID.
Alhamdulillah, Islam predominates in our small community and is widely practiced. The current space is large enough for daily congregational prayers but during Jum’ah (Friday), Ramadan and Eid most people pray outside on the ground. Students are on waiting list for Evening religious classes. IST needs bigger and better place to cater the needs of the community such as prayer area, Gymnasium for youth, community hall, more class rooms for religious education and after school programs. Religious education (Madrasah) for children that will cater subjects such as Holy Quraan, Tarbiyyah (Characters and Manners), Arabic language, Fiqh, Aqaaid, Akhlaq, Seerah (Islamic History) and many more.
EXPANSION PROJECT: In Feb. 2018, IST purchased a property in the Thorncliffe Park area (20 Overlea Blvd.) located very close to our current location, which will serve as an expansion to our current Prayer facility, Madrasah & School and will also serve as a new community Center for the growing Muslim population in the Thorncliffe Park, Flemington and St. Dennis area. This facility will also be providing youth in our community with a much needed sporting facility.
The community has outgrown its current facility and currently run programs 7 days a week, day and evening, however we still have an increasing demand for space, in the existing facility for congregants, School, Madrasah and basic Community needs.
The new facility is over 3.2 acres of land with a 66,377 sq. ft Building and 142 parking spaces was purchased for $11.3 Million Dollars. Your Support and Duaas for this great cause is highly appreciated. Construction is ongoing at 20 Overlea Blvd.
Founding Patron Members of Islamic Society of Toronto- Masjid Darus Salaam has elected following Executive Committee Board Members. Current Board member names are as follows as of June 19-2022. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit IST office or contact our Management team or Imams.
- Abdulrahim Jogiat, President
- Yusuf Dadhiseth, Vice President
- Soab Parekh
- Illyas Jakda
- Hafiz Umer Taliya
- Ilyas Mullabhai
- Rashid Dasoo
- Naeem Jogiat
- Yunus Gori
- Iqbal Makrod
- Faruk Sidat
- Gulamnabi Koya
- A. Khalek Patel
- Abdul Kader Dorya
- Iqbal Gangat